Listen as Eric Snodgrass of Nutrien Ag Solutions reviews how the drought from fall 2022 is still lingering despite better winter precipitation. The latest NASA soil moisture data shows deficits in the soil profile down to 40 inches. And what does the longer-term forecast show for the planting and growing seasons?
The FreshRoots Directors Cup presented by the FCI board celebrates young and beginning farmers committed to continuous learning and intentional living for a brighter future for their farm family business and community. Three recipients will be selected and each will receive a $5,000 cash award and plaque.
The Farmland Trends Tracker delivers a summary of public auctions that happened throughout the cooperative’s 60-county territory in the past six months. The latest release includes results from July 2022-January 2023, capturing 215 different farmland auctions for a grand total of $259 million with an average price of $14,066 per acre.
Keep up with local markets throughout the year with the Farmland Trends Tracker – a free email report delivered twice a year from FCI’s state certified appraisal team. As active observers of the market, FCI’s appraisal team delivers expertise to farmers and landowners with their comprehensive knowledge of local trends.
Young farmers (21 to 35 years old) are encouraged to apply for the Cultivating Master Farmers program. This unique, two-year mentoring program connects young farmers with a wealth of experiences from Prairie Farmer’s Master Farmers. Participants exchange best management practices, discuss new ideas and information, and share farming challenges and solutions during six one-day workshops and a summer tour.
There’s plenty on your to-do list before the next crop year, so let Farm Credit Illinois crop insurance agents assess and tailor your coverage by reviewing your current policy for free. Our agents don’t work for commission, so you can rest assured they are looking out for your best interest and making recommendations aligned with your goals.
FCI joined the sponsorship team for the new Illinois Leopold Conservation Award®, which recognizes agricultural landowners who inspire others with their dedication to ethical land, water, and wildlife habitat management. Owners of farm and forest land may apply for this $10,000 award themselves or be nominated by another party.The recipientis selected by an independent panel of agricultural and conservation leaders and will be announced this summer.
The Ag Economy Barometer measures the health of the U.S. agriculture economy with an index value based on a survey of agricultural producers on economic sentiment. A score of 100 means producer sentiment is unchanged from the six-month baseline research period; a score higher than 100 means sentiment improved from the base period; a score lower than 100 means sentiment declined versus the base period.