Issue 7 - 2016
Fall - A  Edition
In celebration of the 10 0th year of Farm Credit, the "Centennial Chronicle" highlights significant milestones of the Farm Credit System.

Fielding Your Questions    
Does Crop Insurance Cover Diplodia?

Diplodia ear rot has developed in fields throughout the state often resulting in low test weights and kernel damage. FCI's risk management team covers what to do when you find this toxin in your field in the latest Fielding Your Questions blog post.

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.
2017 Focus on Farming Calendar
Final Selections Announced!
Thank you to the photographers who entered more than 360 photos in the 2017 Focus on Farming Calendar contest this summer. There were many stunning images showing agriculture and rural life at its best. Below is a slideshow featuring all entries, with the images selected to appear in the calendar designated as "winners." Even if an image wasn't selected to appear in the 2017 calendar, it may still be used on the FCI website, social media posts, and postcards or flyers. Keep snapping away during all four seasons and enter again for the 2018 calendar!  

I Can't and I Won't Vs. I Can and I Will

Introducing KOHL─ laborations Live
a new way to engage with renowned ag economist, Dr. David Kohl

It's easy to say "I can't" or "I won't," but a successful business is run by individuals with a "can do" approach who focus on profitability and plan for the future.
Financial Snapshot
3rd Quarter Business Results

Meals in the Field Brings Safety Message
Seventy-Eight Events Held in Two Weeks

FCI regional offices hosted 78 Meals in the Field events the week of and following National Farm Safety & Health Week. More than 500 farmers, neighbors, family members, and workers were served hot lunches wherever they were working and were reminded to make safety a first priority through the busy harvest season. Farm families that hosted an event received farm first aid kits and Farm Credit centennial commemorative Boos cutting boards.
Price Check
Land Sales in the Last 90 Days

The Price Check listing includes results for 37 different farmland auctions reported since the last results were published in August. These 37 public auctions concluded with successful bids and represented 3,122 total acres in 16 different counties selling for a grand total of $25.7 million with an average price of $8,219 per acre.

#FCI100 Campaign Yields Special Memories
Members Share How FCI Has Been Significant To Their Operation 

Thanks to everyone who helped FCI celebrate its centennial year by sharing special tributes using #FCI100. Out of the more than 70 submissions, four winners of a $100 gift card were selected.
  • Tom Hieronymus of DeWitt County
  • Doyle Hortin of Edwards County
  • Ruth Kissner of Wayne County
  • Mary K. Richter of Clinton County
Farm Credit Invests in Rural Illinois Safety
Gift Funds Grain Bin Rescue Operations Training Program
Pictured from L to R: Dave Newcomb, IFSI; Kelly Loschen & Rod Stoll, FCI

A  $25,000 gift to the Illinois Fire Service Institute was presented at FCI's annual Farm Safety & Health Week kick-off event on Thursday, Sept. 15. The gift will contribute to the new Grain Bin Rescue Operations training program designed specifically for grain bin rescues. The course will provide 40 hours of classroom and hands-on education to Illinois firefighters, teaching participants the ins and outs of a grain bin rescue operation.

On The Block
Upcoming Farmland Auction Listings
County Total
Date Time City Weblink
Clay  21 21 10/20/16 10:00 am Mason More Info
Effingham 20 15 10/20/16 7:00 pm Effingham More Info
Shelby  79 79 11/10/16 10:00 am Stewardson 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 12 Farm Safety Kits
Drawing to be held October 19

Here's a chance to win an "essential" to keep within reach throughout the harvest season. The durable and weather-resistant kit is specifically designed for farm injuries.

Congratulations to the winners of the 64 oz. Yeti Ramblers following the August edition:
  • Ronald Deterding of Randolph County
  • Elrah J. Eastin of Douglas County
  • Ron Hamson of Hamilton County
  • Tracy Smithers of Macon County

In the Aug. 5 edition of Essentials, we asked readers how many and which county fairs they attended in the summer months. Out of 644 respondents, here are the results.

Welcome Aboard
Get to Know FCI's Newest Team Members

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