Issue 4 - 2017
Spring  - B  Edition
Rural Appraisal Service Launched
Available Exclusively to FCI Member-Families June 1    

As a cooperative, FCI is constantly striving to meet the needs of its membership. Beginning in June, FCI will offer a rural appraisal service as a resource available to all member-families.

2018 Focus on Farming Photo Calendar
Showing Agriculture & Rural Life At Its Best

It's time again for the Focus on Farming calendar contest - beginning today and ending Aug. 24, 2017. 

FCI is looking for photo entries from all four seasons of the year showing agriculture and rural life at its best. A maximum of five entries per photographer.   Your photo could be selected to appear in FCI's 2018 Focus on Farming calendar.
FCI Board of Directors Update
New Director Appointed Following AgriBank Election

Long-time FCI board member Dale Crawford was recently elected to serve on the AgriBank Board of Directors. To fill his vacant seat until the cooperative's next annual meeting election, David Haase of Iroquois County was appointed. Ever considered serving on Farm Credit's Nominating Committee or Board of Directors? If so, fill out a candidate interest form to submit your name and information by July 15.

The Difference Makers

As the agriculture reset continues, successful business owners and managers are making decisions not just to survive, but to position their operation for opportunity. These critical strategies in crucial moments can be the difference makers for the future of these agribusinesses.
Growing Connections
Meet Bill Bass of Union County

Fulfilling a childhood dream, Bill Bass has grown his family's Union County orchard into a thriving specialty business selling produce, meat, and flowers directly to consumers. With two retail locations and stands at various farmers markets, Bass Farms provides fresh products to southern Illinois.
Replant Reminder
2017 Corn Guidelines from RMA

Sherri Tomhave, crop insurance product and training specialist at FCI, explains the USDA's Risk Management Agency's determination that it will be practical to plant corn during the 2017 late plant period.
Ag Economy Barometer
Producer Sentiment Inches Higher in April to 130

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.

Learn More About the Barometer's Latest Reading
T.I.P. Technology & Information Protection
Securely Exchanging Electronic Documents with FCI

In a world plagued by email hackers, FCI strives to protect members' confidential information. Instead of sending unsecured information via email, FCI uses a cloud service called ShareFile to send and receive files. To create an account, simply visit with your local Farm Credit office and follow a few steps on your desktop computer.

Staff in the Spotlight
Meet Dave Ragan, Senior Certified Appraiser

Meet Dave Ragan, the Senior Appraiser based in the Effingham regional office. Dave was raised on a farm in Effingham County and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in agriculture economics. Dave joined the FCI appraisal team in 2012 after operating his own appraisal service for 20 years.

Read Dave's Q & A

On The Block

Upcoming Farmland Auction Listings
County Total
Date Time City Weblink
Madison  20 15  05/28/17 1:00 pm Alhambra  More Info
Champaign  376.55   251.04 06/29/17  1:00 pm Mahomet More Info

Farm Credit Illinois is maintaining a  list of upcoming farmland auctions in the Association's 60-county marketplace. If you have an auction to include, please submit a form at or send a web link of the auction sale bill to

Essentials   Raffle & Reactions
Sign Up to Win a $100 Gift Card
Drawing to be held June 5

Here's a chance to win one of 10 $100 FCI Mastercard gift cards to use for your summer fun!

Congratulations to the winners of the Ambient Weather NOAA radio following Issue 3:
  • Dianne Barnett, Scott County
  • Jim Dilday, Jackson County
  • Wendi Doehring, Champaign County
  • Deborah Klein, Champaign County
  • Patricia King, Iroquois County
  • James Perkins, Alexander County 
In Issue 3 of Essentials, readers were asked how they prefer to receive FCI updates. Here are the results :

The Latest FCI Updates Are Only a Text Away
To sign up, select your FCI regional office below. Be assured, FCI will only send out timely association and ag-related information.
Honoring FCI Staff Service

A special tribute to employees who reached significant milestones in their years of service to members and rural communities with Farm Credit Illinois since Feb. 20, 2017.

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