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  • Accepting Applications for Cultivating Master Farmers Class of 2017
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  • Easter Morning by Tom Tracy
  • First Corn Planting by Lora VonBokel
  • Chat with the Chief

Challenges Ahead for Ag in 2015?

The Winter ESSENTIALS, Farm Credit Illinois’ digital newsletter, included an option for readers to answer the question, “As you prepare for the new year, what is one issue or challenge facing the agriculture industry or your own farm business that concerns you most?” More than 200 responses were received and were classified into categories.

Advice For Millennials

The new generation of agriculture producers is like a tidal wave, adding new energy and a different realm of thinking to the dynamic agriculture industry. The millennial generation, those 18 to 34 years of age, is eager to take the reins, seeking their legacy in the agriculture industry as producers, agribusiness persons, lenders, and other stakeholders. This winter on the speaking circuit I have solicited advice from both young and old for the up-and-comers. Let’s explore some of their nuggets of advice.​

2014 Crop Yield Results for FCI's Territory

​Illinois Farm Bureau's March 2, 2015 edition of FarmWeek published information recently reported by the National Agricultural Statistic Service on the 2014 corn and soybean yield and production for all Illinois counties. The statewide information has been broken down for the 60 counties of the Farm Credit Illinois territory.

2014 Annual Report

​2014 has been a year of changes for the commodities markets, land markets, and the Farm Credit Illinois cooperative. But even as farm prices vary and the leadership of FCI takes on new faces, Farm Credit Illinois remains committed to its member-owners and the rural marketplace.​

On The Block

Farm Credit Illinois is attempting to maintain a comprehensive list of upcoming farmland auctions in the Association's 60-county marketplace. If you have an auction to include, please submit a form at or send a web link of the auction sale bill to

CMF Class Seeks Young Farmer Applicants

Recruitment is underway for the next Cultivating Master Farmers class. CMF is designed to unite different generations of Illinois farmers committed to being lifelong learners as they exchange best management practices, process new ideas and information, and transparently share farming challenges and solutions.The two-year program brings together a class of young farmer peers and Prairie Farmer Master Farmers. Discussion topics and presentations are determined by the group. There is no cost to participate.