Issue 2 - 2017
Winter - B  Edition
Attention Youth: Deadline for Applications Feb. 27
Scholarship & Community Improvement Grant Applications Online    
Young Farmer Retreat
Annual Event Provides Education and Networking for Young Farmers

FCI hosted nearly 50 young farmers representing 33 farm businesses in Indianapolis Feb. 1-2. The annual Young Farmer Retreat was facilitated by  Dr. David Kohl , professor emeritus of agricultural economics from Virginia Tech University, and included breakout sessions on strategies for facing today's challenging farming economics , success tips for spouses and partners, leveraging FCI relationships, and land value updates. In addition to the educational sessions, participants had opportunities to network and share ideas throughout the program and during a tour and dinner at Lucas Oil Football Stadium.
Are you a young farmer and member-owner interested in attending a future young farmer event? If so, please contact your local office for information.

The Logic Behind a Resilient Business


Emotions can hinder any business decisions in both the prosperous and challenging times. While those hasty decisions may not break an operation in the good times, farmers must interject logic through proactive planning and objective assessment to ensure their business remains sustainable and profitable as the economic reset continues.
Growing Connections
Meet Ralph & Karen Voss of Voss Pecans

With a traditional row crop operation and 150 acres of pecan trees -- the northern-most commercial pecan grove at this scale in the nation -- the Voss' are always producing a crop and filling a niche in Illinois nuts. 
Ag Economy Barometer
Producer Sentiment Surges to 153

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.

T.I.P. Technology & Information Protection
Securing Mobile Devices

A lot of personal information is stored on mobile devices. If an unsecured cell phone, laptop, or tablet is stolen or misplaced, hackers can easily steal your identity or use your information to perform illegal activities. Following simple T.I.P. procedures when using a mobile device makes it more difficult for your information to be discovered and better protects you from the expensive and challenging process of recovering from identity theft.
Learn the Do's and Don'ts of Mobile Protection
Staff in the Spotlight
Meet Chad Gann, Regional Manager in Paris

Chad was raised in Paris and received a bachelor's degree in economics from Eastern Illinois University before working 25 years with Cargill, Inc. There he held various roles within the dry milling business including production management, commodity merchandising, and business leadership and advisement. Chad joined the FCI Paris team on Feb. 6 as the regional manager.

Enjoy the Q & A Interview with Chad

On The Block

Upcoming Farmland Auction Listings
County Total
Date Time City Weblink
St. Clair 20 20 03/04/17 1:00 pm New Baden More Info
Shelby 386 375 03/10/17 10:00 am Windsor More Info
Sangamon 888.51 888.51 03/14/17 10:00 am New Berlin More Info
Sangamon 151.5 151.5 03/15/17 10:00 am Buffalo More Info


Farm Credit Illinois maintains a list of upcoming farmland auctions submitted within the Association's  60-county marketplace. The listing can be found  at .

Submit an upcoming auction at .
Essentials   Raffle & Reactions
Sign Up to Win $100 Gift Card
Drawing to be held March 6

FCI knows you never stop working. But in this off-season, here's a chance to treat your loved ones to a meal at your favorite local restaurant. Be sure to include the name and city of the restaurant of your choice in your entry to win one of five $100 gift cards.

Congratulations to the winners of the winter survival kit following Issue 1:
  • Ken Schoenberh of Washington County
  • Sharon Buchanan of Lawrence County
  • Duane Behrends of Iroquois County
  • Barbara Pesch of Sangamon County
  • Cathy Babbs of Coles County
  • Larry Greenwood of Bond County
  • Larry Koberlein of Fayette County
  • Ann Ochs of Union County
  • David Gramenz of Randolph County
  • Fred Clifford of Morgan County
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Online Banking Mobile App Offers Convenience
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 Nov. 20, 2016.

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