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.
The Farm Credit System’s 100th year of service to rural communities and agriculture is highlighting leaders throughout the nation who are positively influencing the future of agriculture through the Fresh Perspectives program. The State of Illinois is proud to host eight of the top 100 and one top 10 honoree – Penny Lauritzen of Lanark in youth education for her work in beginning the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture career discovery event.
Lauritzen received $10,000 to invest back into Rural America and chose to give each of her children and grandchildren $1,000 to support a community group close to their heart. [Read more…]
Farm Credit Illinois recently welcomed Brent Ford, of Allendale, as a vice president to the Lawrenceville regional office. The Lawrenceville office serves farm families and rural landowners in Crawford, Lawrence, Richland, and Wabash Counties.
Ford was raised on his family’s Wabash County grain farm and graduated from Mount Carmel High School before receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agribusiness economics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. [Read more…]
Ken Hermann, of Champaign, will retire from Farm Credit Illinois on June 15. He worked for 35 years with the Farm Credit System, 15 of them with FCI as a credit analyst in the credit services division (CSD) at the cooperative’s central office in Mahomet.
Hermann grew up on his family’s St. Genevieve, Mo. grain and livestock farm. He began his career with the System as a loan officer in Missouri before assuming the role of a credit reviewer in the internal audit department for the Farm Credit Bank of St. Louis. Hermann then moved to Effingham, Ill. to become a special credit officer of risk assets. He began with FCI in 2002 as a credit analyst and relocated to Mahomet in 2008 when CSD consolidated. Hermann and his wife Denise have three children – Jason (Lindsey), Tyler (Shestin), and Anna – and four grandchildren – Allie, Brooks, Blake, and Paxon. [Read more…]
A combined $13,000 in funding to directly support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program was gifted to Urbana’s Market at the Square – $8,000 by Farm Credit. This funding will allow Urbana’s Market at the Square to match SNAP purchases at the farmers market up to $20 per Market day. The Market also received an administrative grant from LINKUp Illinois in the amount of $5,000 to help facilitate the SNAP Program to be expended over the next two years.
In Illinois, SNAP benefits are loaded onto a card called LINK. Customers may then use their LINK card at the farmers market to purchase eligible items including produce, meat, dairy, honey, bread, and food-producing plants. In the six years since the Market began accepting LINK, there have only been four SNAP double value programs. This year marks one of the largest awards ever received by Urbana’s Market at the Square to support the SNAP double value program, which began Saturday, May 21. [Read more…]
The Class of 2016 Farm Credit Agriculture Scholars were recognized at a scholarship luncheon at Farm Credit Illinois in Mahomet on Thursday, June 2.
A total of $36,000 of scholarships were awarded to 24 high school seniors pursing an agriculture-related major and career. Each scholar receives $1,500 to use towards their education. Twenty-one of the students attended the recognition program. [Read more…]
Farm Credit Illinois recently welcomed Ashlyn Gummersheimer, of Columbia, as a sales and service specialist at the Red Bud regional office. The Red Bud office serves farm families and rural landowners in Monroe, Randolph, and St. Clair Counties.
FCI also welcomed Nic Turner, of Oakland, as a crop insurance specialist at the cooperative’s Paris regional office. The Paris office serves farm families and rural landowners in Clark, Coles, and Edgar Counties. [Read more…]
Valerie Mathis, of Urbana, will retire from Farm Credit Illinois on May 31. She worked for 37 years as a credit assistant in the credit services division at the cooperative’s central office in Mahomet.
Mathis grew up in on her family’s Champaign County grain farm. She began her career with Farm Credit as a secretary at the Champaign Production Credit Association office before moving to the credit services division. Mathis has worked as a credit assistant since 1995. She and her husband Rick have three children, Jacob, Samantha, and Jaclyn, and two grandchildren, Addisyn and Jayden. [Read more…]
Dave Ragan, a Senior Certified Appraiser serving Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence, Shelby, and Richland Counties, has been awarded the Appraisal Institute’s prestigious MAI membership designation. This designation is held by appraisers recognized as experts in the valuation and evaluation of properties of all kinds and advising clients on real estate investment decisions.
Ragan has joined an elite group of appraisers who have met rigorous professional requirements relating to education, testing, experience, and demonstration of knowledge, understanding, and ability. [Read more…]