Dennis Miller, of Thompsonville, will retire from Farm Credit Illinois on Feb. 28, after 41 years as a vice president of financial services based out of the Mt. Vernon regional office which serves farm families and rural landowners in Edwards, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Wayne, and White Counties. [Read more…]
Sometimes the best learning method is a conversation with someone who’s been there, done that. Now in its 12th year, the Cultivating Master Farmer program has provided just that: expert farm and family mentorship from folks who have walked the walk. This unique mentoring program links young farmers with a wealth of information from Prairie Farmer’s Master Farmers.
Classes of approximately 10 young farmers (21 to 35 years old) and 10 Master Farmers are selected for the two-year program, which features six ag-related events, including a summer tour. The Class of 2017, which graduates in July, toured the St. Louis Science Center, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Bussen Fertilizer Spur on the Mississippi River and met with agriculture professionals at The Maschhoffs. They also heard from acclaimed speakers on estate/succession planning, diversification on the farm, marketing strategies, how to give back, and managing working relationships with family members. [Read more…]
After providing years of service to farm families and rural communities at Farm Credit Illinois (FCI), Don Olson and Phil Heath will retire on Jan. 31. Olson, of Champaign, retires after 40 years with the Farm Credit System, most recently as FCI’s chief credit officer. Heath, of Harrisburg, will retire after 19 years as a vice president of risk management based most recently out of the Marion regional office serving farm families and rural landowners in Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, and Williamson Counties. [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…]
Farm Credit Illinois’ central office employees buried a centennial time capsule in Mahomet on Dec. 30, 2016, to mark the end the Farm Credit System’s 100th year of serving farm families, rural communities, and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.
The capsule was filled with centennial memorabilia and 2016 artifacts and is to remain sealed until Farm Credit celebrates its sesquicentennial in 2066. A bronze plaque has been placed on the surface to remind visitors of the Association’s continued dedication to Helping Farm Families Succeed.
“The Farm Credit System was created with one special mission – to support farm families and rural communities,” says Tom Tracy, President & CEO of FCI. “We are honored to continue the legacy through both the prosperous and challenging economic cycles, today and tomorrow.”
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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 $4 billion loan portfolio, provides 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.
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…]