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  • Celebrating Farm Credit's Centennial
  • Justin Lamb Photographer
  • Farm Credit Designates $100,000 to Illinois Agriculture
  • Happy Thanksgiving - Office Closed Nov 26 and 27

Managing Risk & Optimizing Crop Marketing Strategies

Make plans to attend a December 10 or 11, 2015 Farm Credit College workshop by Dr. Steve Johnson, farm & ag business management specialist with Iowa State University and Chad Henderson, founding partner and market analyst at Prime Agricultural Consultants. Register today!

Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholarships

High school seniors pursuing an education and career in agriculture are invited to apply for a $1500 Farm Credit Agriculture Scholarship.​

Community Improvement Grants for 4-H and FFA

Farm Credit invites 4-H clubs and FFA chapters organizing community improvement projects in 2016 to apply for a $250 Grant.

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

The Kids of the 1980s

Dr. Kohl recently moderated a forum composed of individuals who started farming during the farm crisis of the 1980s — one of the most economically challenging times in the agriculture industry’s history. One question in particular sparked thoughtful discussion: “If you were 25 again, what would you do differently?” Participants told of trials and tribulations, as well as successes, throughout their career. According to Dr. Kohl, we can learn valuable life lessons from the kids of the 1980s — from the importance of Financial Preparation to Critical Family Support.​

Addressing the Agriculture Efficiency Cycle:It's Time to Drive Down Production Costs Per Unit

Net farm income is projected to fall over the next decade. Farm balance sheets, while strong today, are at risk of weakening. Is this the start of a "down cycle" in the crop production sector that could lead to a 1980s-type farm crisis? Not necessarily. Producers who see today's environment as an "agriculture efficiency cycle" -- and find ways to drive down cost per unit of production -- can position themselves for continued success.