Issue 5 -  2016
Summer - A  Edition
In celebration of the 100th year of Farm Credit, the "Centennial Chronicle" highlights significant milestones of the Farm Credit System.

The Fatal Flaws of Business Transition

Businesses throughout the ag industry are making transition management plans. Learning how to manage your new employees, plan for the unlikely, and avoid fatal flaws are important components of any plan.

Stockholder Leadership Opportunities

2016 Board of Directors

Have you ever considered serving on Farm Credit's nominating committee or board of directors? If so, the 2016 nominating committee wants to know. Fill out a candidate interest form to submit your name and information by July 15. Following the deadline, the committee nominates candidates to present at the Association's 2016 annual meeting.
Farm Credit Helps "GROW" New Ag Exhibit
$100,000 Grant Supports Ag Education for St. Louis Visitors

FCI joined three other regional Farm Credit System partners to support the St. Louis Science 
Center's new agriculture exhibit, GROW. Together, FCI, FCS Financial, AgriBank, and CoBank  contributed $100,000 to the exhibit campaign, funding a series of activity tables and raised planter  beds in the exhibit's HomeGROWn Do-It-Yourself farming area. GROW's  grand opening  was June 18
Testing out the HomeGROWn area at the grand opening

FCI is proud to offer the Fielding Your Questions blog to serve as a reference resource t o help members understand their crop insurance options .

Submit questions and receive a direct response via email from one of FCI's crop insurance experts or read past answers to common questions.

Financial Snapshot
2nd Quarter Business Results

Local Foods More Accessible at Market at the Square
Farm Credit Sponsors SNAP Double Value Program

Farm Credit is providing $8,000 in funding to match SNAP purchases made at Urbana's Market at the Square up to $20 per person each Market day. The program enhances the value the Market provides to customers, farmers who sell agricultural products there weekly, and the entire community in support of the local foods system.

Attention Photographers!
Take your "best shot" for a chance to be featured in the 2017 Focus on Farming Calendar
Enter your photos showing agriculture and rural life at their best. Photos can be old, new, artistic, traditional, funny, or  heartwarming .

Be sure to visit FCI's main Facebook page to view all the great photos and  LIKE your favorites. Likes will be considered in the selection process for FCI's 2017 Focus on Farming calendar.

There is an entry limit of five photos per photographer. Deadline for photo submissions is August 29.

Illinois State FFA Convention Recap
Newsroom Offers Education to FFA Members

Farm Credit Illinois, in conjunction with 1 st Farm Credit Services, continued their sponsorship of the Farm Credit Newsroom at the 88 th Illinois State FFA Convention last month. FFA members volunteered to provide instructions, organize cutlines, capture and edit photos of award recipients, and finalize press releases. Collectively, volunteers published 93 news releases and captured 308 digital photos including the announcement of the newly elected State Officer Team.
Pictured above (from L to R) 2016-2017 Illinois State Officer Team: Cody Suddeth of Steward, Treasurer;
Zach Becker of Amboy, Reporter; Corrine Harding of Trivoli, Secretary; Paxton Morse of Eldorado, Vice President; J.C. Campbell of Little York, President 
Price Check
Land Sales in the Last 90 Days

The Price Check listing includes results for 40 different farmland auctions reported since the last results were published in April. These 40 public auctions concluded with successful bids and represented 3,229 total acres in 22 different counties selling for nearly $24 million with an average price of $7,396 per acre.

Class of 2016 Agriculture Scholars Honored
Scholarship Luncheon Held June 2

Listen to the 2016 Scholars' Future Plans

Twenty-one of the 24 scholars and their guests attended a scholarship recognition luncheon at the cooperative's central office in Mahomet. A total of $36,000 was awarded - $1,500 to each scholar who will pursue an agriculture related college degree. This marks the 1 3th year of the Farm Credit Agriculture Scholarship program which has awarded nearly $300,000 to 275 students since 2004.
Meals in the Field
Enter for Your Chance to Win       

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. 
Local Facebook Pages Launched
Connect with Your Local Office Today

Attention Facebook fans you can now connect directly with your  regional o ffice. Farm Credit Illinois has launched local pages for each of the 14 offices.
  • To find your local office's Facebook page, log in to Facebook and at the top of your profile page type in the search bar the name of the city your local Farm Credit Illinois office is located (ex. Farm Credit Red Bud).
  • LIKE your FCI regional office Facebook page and start receiving updates in your News Feed on local Farm Credit and agriculture news, stories, auction listings, and more.

On The Block
Upcoming Farmland Auction Listings
County Total
Date Time City Weblink
Marion 80 0 07/09/16
1:00 pm
Effingham 40 33 07/18/16 6:00 pm Effingham
Jasper 110 104 07/28/16 7:00 pm Newton More Info
Madison 115 110 07/30/16 1:00 pm Alhambra


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 Three Grill Sets
Drawing to be held July 21

Here's a chance to win an "essential" to use during the heat of the Illinois summer. The Cuisinart  kit includes a chef's spatula (featuring a built-in bottle opener), grill tongs, silicone basting brush,  four pairs of corn holders, cleaning brush, and an extra brush head. It's the perfect kit for the on- the-go griller or to keep the grill tools separate from kitchen utensils. (Retail Value $50 )

Congratulations to the winners of the $100 Casey's General Store gift cards following Issue 4:
  • Bertis Chapman of White County
  • John Jarzen of Morgan County
  • Dick Maulding of  Clark County
  • Michael Stock of Washington County
  • Debbie Tedford of Crawford County
In Issue 4 of  Essentials , readers were asked how their planting season was going. Here are the results from  628 respondents :

Mark Your Calendar
Don't Miss Your Regional Office's Next Event

FCI regional offices hold annual appreciation events to thank members for their continued business. Visit the Association calendar to see events hosted by your local office.

Welcome Aboard
Get to Know FCI's Newest Team Members

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