Farm Credit Illinois recently hired two employees in its 60-county territory: Jeff Carron of Raymond now works as a crop insurance assistant vice president and Laura DuFrenne of Red Bud was hired as a lending vice president. [Read more…]
The recipients of nearly $50,000 of scholarships to high school seniors throughout central and southern Illinois pursuing agriculture-related majors and future careers were announced last week by Farm Credit Illinois. FCI awarded 24 high school seniors a $2,000 agriculture scholarship; two are designated as Urban Agriculture Scholars.
This is the fourteenth year of the Farm Credit agriculture scholarship program which has awarded more than $340,000 to 299 students since 2004. Scholarship selections are based on a combination of academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant’s commitment to an agricultural career.
“Farm Credit Illinois is proud to lend support to these young people who have a passion for agriculture and have been role models in their communities,” says Rod Stoll, vice president of marketplace engagement for FCI. “These scholars will positively shape the future of Rural America, in turn Helping Farm Families Succeed today and tomorrow.” [Read more…]
Farm Credit Illinois recently welcomed Beth Painter as a credit assistant in the credit services division’s large and agribusiness team to the cooperative’s central office in Mahomet.
Painter grew up in Champaign County and graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School. She attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale for two years and will complete her associate’s degree in May from Parkland College. Prior to joining the FCI team, Painter spent nine years working for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, most recently as an assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement for six years. In addition to her work the FCI, she works part-time as an office manager and bookkeeper for Bob Simpson’s Autotown in Champaign. Painter and her husband Jared reside in Mahomet and have two children – Branson (23) and Jillian (19). [Read more…]
4-H clubs and FFA chapters throughout central and southern Illinois will implement valuable improvement projects in their communities with help from grants provided by Farm Credit Illinois. FCI awarded 50 different 4-H clubs and FFA chapters with a $400 grant to deliver a project which will make their local communities better places to live.
This is the ninth year FCI has funded community improvement grants, now totaling almost $90,000. Examples of award-winning projects this year include managing community gardens, fairgrounds improvements, and constructing a roadside welcome sign.
“Farm Credit is grateful to team-up with youth organizations to invest in the communities in our service area, fulfilling our mission to support Rural America and agriculture,” says Rod Stoll, vice president of marketplace engagement for FCI. “We congratulate the 2017 grant recipients and salute them for making positive, tangible contributions to their local communities.” [Read more…]
High school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture are invited to apply for a $2,000 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholarship. Twenty-four $2,000 scholarships will be given in 2017 with two recipients designated as “Urban Agriculture Scholars.”Farm Credit Illinois also invites 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters organizing projects to apply for a $400 Farm Credit Illinois Community Improvement Grant. [Read more…]
A $500,000 donation from five Farm Credit institutions helped build the Feedbarn, a children’s dining hall on the Fair Oaks Farms campus. An agri-tourism destination in northwestern Indiana, Fair Oaks Farms provides youth and adults opportunities to learn about modern farming practices that go into food production. Farm Credit’s gift helps share the important role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant, and affordable food. [Read more…]
A $25,000 gift to the Illinois Fire Service Institute’s Grain Bin Rescue Operation training program was announced by Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) at a Farm Safety & Health Week kick-off event on Thursday. The gift will contribute to the new training program designed specifically for grain bin rescues.
More than 50 percent of grain is stored on farms in grain bins averaging 60 feet wide, contributing to the increased number of grain bin-related accidents each year according to the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI). 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 and various on rescue operation tactics. [Read more…]
JoAnn Vosse, of Freeburg, will retire from Farm Credit Illinois on August 15. She worked for 42 years with the Farm Credit System, 38 of them in the Belleville and Red Bud areas. She is based in the Red Bud regional office serving farm families and rural landowners in Monroe, Randolph, and St. Clair Counties. [Read more…]
Farm Credit Illinois recently welcomed three new staff members to three regional offices throughout its 60-county territory. The Paris regional office hired Danielle Craig on June 6 and Craig Neimerg on July 11, Jessica Schulze started with the Mahomet regional office on June 20, and Nicole Thomas began working in the Marion regional office on June 15.