Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) and 1st Farm Credit Services of Illinois offered t-shirts to FFA chapters throughout the 60-county territory prior to the 2015 Farm Progress Show in Decatur that was held September 1-3, 2015. Chapters were awarded a monetary gift when the students visited the Farm Credit tent wearing the shirt and got their picture taken. FCI gave out 1,032 t-shirts to 37 FFA Chapters, including Beecher City, Flora, North Clay, and Teutopolis resulting in $3,355 donated.
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For casual observers, the signature accomplishment of the 2014 Farm Bill was a 2 percent spending reduction on a nearly $1 billion program that covers everything from food stamps to conservation initiatives. However, the biggest change for farmers was the repeal of direct payments for a wide range of crops, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said would be at least partially offset by more federal money to cover deductibles on crop insurance.
Now that the bill has been in place for over 18 months, the wisdom of those changes is still up for debate. [Read more…]
Prior to the 2015 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) offered t-shirts to FFA chapters throughout the 60-county territory.
If students visited the Farm Credit tent wearing the shirt and got their picture taken, their chapter was awarded a monetary gift. FCI gave out 1,032 t-shirts to 37 FFA Chapters, including Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, resulting in $3,355 donated.
“The Farm Credit System is committed to supporting organizations, programs, and initiatives dedicated to advancing agriculture – today and tomorrow,” says Tom Tracy, CEO and President of Farm Credit Illinois. “Encouraging future generations, like current FFA members, will help continue the agriculture industry heading in the right direction.”
Pictured above: Cory Mitchell (Mahomet Regional Office) presents check to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley FFA Members
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About: Farm Credit Illinois is a farmer owned and directed agricultural lending cooperative serving 8,500 farm families, agribusinesses, and rural landowners in the southern 60 counties of Illinois with competitive and flexible financing and crop insurance expertise. The Association manages a $3.8 billion loan portfolio, sells 1.4 million acres of crop insurance coverage, and employs 210 staff based in the Mahomet central office and 14 regional office locations. The U.S. Farm Credit System supports rural communities, farm families, and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services today and tomorrow. All Farm Credit Illinois news releases are available at: www.farmcreditIL.com/newsreleases.