Issue 6 - 2016
Summer - B  Edition
In celebration of the 10 0th year of Farm Credit, the "Centennial Chronicle" highlights significant milestones of the Farm Credit System.

Protecting Your Financial Information     
Look for Upcoming Security Measure Changes

It takes more to protect your operation than managing risk with crop insurance products and sound marketing strategies. Defending your financial information security online and off is essential too. Members should be on the lookout for a letter detailing a change in FCI's security measures to protect your financial information and assets while decreasing the likelihood of fraudulent access to loan information and funds.
Farm Fresh Members Market
Promote Your Local Products on FCI's Website

Do you produce retail agriculture products that are sold locally? Help FCI celebrate farm fresh retail products grown and sold by members. If your operation includes a retail ag business, sign up to be featured in the Farm Fresh Members Market, launching in January 2017, on FCI's website.
Local Facebook Pages Launched
Connect with Your Local Office Today

Attention Facebook fans - you can now connect directly with your regional office. Farm Credit Illinois has launched local pages for each of the 14 offices.
  • Go to FCI's main Facebook page and click the "Locations" tab to reveal a map 
  • In the search bar, enter the name of the city where your local office is located
  • A pinned location will appear on the map; click the pin to navigate to the local page 
  • LIKE your regional office's page and start receiving updates in your News Feed on local Farm Credit and agriculture news, stories, auction listings, and more
Help FCI Celebrate 100 Years by Sharing Fond Memories
2017 Internship Positions Available
Applications Accepted Until October 6
Do you know a college student interested in an internship program to learn more about the ag lending and crop insurance industries? FCI will hire up to four summer interns to participate in a 12-week internship program dedicated to developing a knowledge of credit and financial services, an appreciation of agriculture and serving rural committees, and enhancing interpersonal and professional skills. Email a cover letter and resume by October 6 to

2016 Interns (l-r) Sam Detwiler, Elliott Kaufman, Dylan Reetz, and Mallory Hopkins

Managing Controllable Risks While Monitoring Unexpected Events
We live in the most globally-connected time in history where events worldwide impact commodity prices and land values right here in Illinois more quickly than ever before. While you can't stop worldwide events from occurring such as an increase in the Fed Funds rate or a decision from the Chinese government to alter the value of its currency, your operation can withstand these by managing your personal risk.

Which Worldwide Events to Watch
President Obama Supports Farm Credit's Mission
Statement Commemorates the Cooperative's Centennial
"Our Nation depends on our farmers, ranchers, and the people of our rural communities to help Americans put healthy food on their tables and contribute to growing a more vibrant national economy. Established to improve the lives of these hardworking individuals, the Farm Credit System has long served the women and men of Rural America. By providing loans and financial services to farmers and communities through its network of cooperatives, the Farm Credit System plays an integral role in local economies across the U.S." 
- President Barack Obama, June 10, 2016

Illinois Department of Agriculture Recognizes
Farm Credit's Centennial
Friend of Illinois Agriculture Award Announced at Ag Day
The Illinois Department of Agriculture recognized Farm Credit's 100 years of service dedicated to the men and women of Illinois agriculture on Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair. 
Governor Bruce Rauner and 2016 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Abby Foster present the Friends of Agriculture Award to 1 st  Farm Credit Services President/CEO Gary Ash and FCI Chief Financial Officer Steve Ray on Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair.
Growing Connections
Meet the Owners of Sasse's Apiary

Nathan and Beth Sasse own and operate Sasse's Apiary in Chestnut where they produce pure, local, and raw honey products. What began as Nathan's one hive 4-H project has grown into an operation hosting 300 hives in both McLean and Logan Counties. Sasse Apiary products can be found in more than 100 retail stores throughout Illinois and include liquid honey, beeswax, and creamed honey. Visit for more information.
Ag Economy Barometer
Producer Sentiment Strengthens to 112

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.

Rural Marketplace Service
Enter for Your Chance to Win a "Meals in the Field"        

Crops are growing taller and farmers throughout the state are beginning to think of the upcoming  harvest. Farm Credit is proud to continue its support of National Farm Safety & Health  Week Sept. 18-24 by serving complimentary lunches and brief safety messages to farm families  during the weeks of Sept. 19-23 and 26-30. 

Staff in the Spotlight
Meet Justin Knobloch, Regional Manager in Red Bud

Justin grew up in Maeystown (Monroe County) on a Hereford cattle and hay operation. He graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in economics before completing his Master's degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He worked for nine years with Rabo AgriFinance before beginning his career with FCI as the regional manager designate at the Red Bud regional office in 2015. He became the regional manager following the retirement of 42-year veteran JoAnn Vosse on August 15. Justin and his wife Kristin have a son and daughter - Mason (2) and Audrey (3 months) and reside in Columbia.

Read Justin's Q & A Interview
Final Call for 2017 Focus on Farming Calendar Entries!
Deadline August 29!

The Focus on Farming calendar contest deadline is August 29. You have a few more days to enter your photos showing agriculture and rural life at their best.  Your photo could be selected to appear in FCI's 2017 Focus on Farming calendar.

On The Block

Upcoming Farmland Auction Listings
County Total
Date Time City Weblink
Iroquois 195 195 09/08/16 10:00 am Gilman More Info
Monroe 160 146 09/11/16 1:00 pm Prairie Du Rocher More Info
Jasper 44 44 09/23/16 2:00 pm Newton 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
Enter to Win One of Four Yeti Ramblers
Drawing to be held September 9

Keep your drinks hot or cold through the long harvest hours with a 64 oz. Yeti Rambler. Complete with a double-wall vacuum and Over-the-Noseā„¢ Technology for easy loading, drinking, and cleaning with a wide-mouth opening. Plus the TripeHaulā„¢ cap makes for a sturdy grip as you climb the ladder and head into the field.

Congratulations to the winners of the Cuisinart Grill Sets following Issue 5: 
  • Steve Haseley of Logan County
  • Joy Laker of Christian County
  • Darrell Voorhees of Jersey County
In Issue 5 of Essentials, readers were asked if they participate in their local foods system. Here are the results from 333 respondents:

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 May 20.

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