Issue 1 -  2016  
Centennial Chronicle
In celebration of the 100th year of Farm Credit, the "Centennial Chronicle" highlights significant milestones of the Farm Credit System. 

Pictured below: 
The Nation's first Production Credit Association was established in Champaign on Sept. 11, 1933 to service short and intermediate-term loans. The Association produced the "PCA Echoes" journal to keep members informed on the cooperative's activities and local news.

Financial Snapshot         

Attend a 2016 CROP INSURANCE UPDATE Meeting        

As part of FCI's commitment to Helping Farm Families Succeed, winter update meetings help members select the appropriate plan for their operation while balancing costs. Make plans to attend a crop insurance update meeting near you and check back daily as new meetings are added to the line-up.

FCI Supports Rural Youth Through Scholarships & Grants
Now Accepting Applications

Apply For A Scholarship                                   Apply For A Grant
New Year's Resolutions

The top priority for the first quarter of 2016 should be setting goals, including each of your business stakeholders, and outlining each of your goals in writing. To develop a well-rounded set of goals, include business, family, and personal objectives. A good set of goals is the foundation for any business plan, so make sure they're specific, measurable, achievable, rewarding, and timely.
Member-Owner Connection
Meet Carolyn Hadden: 
Feeding Cattle and Fostering Farmers - One Generation at a Time
When asked if she prefers corralling preschoolers or cattle more, she laughs and says she enjoys seeing the children learn, but the cows never talk back. At 73, Carolyn has not slowed down and continues to do chores on her family's cattle and grain farm.

Price Check

The farmland listing includes results for 119 different auctions held between Sept. 29 and Dec. 31, 2015, representing more than 10,100 total acres which sold for a grand total of more than $68 million. Prices ranged from a high of $15,189 per acre for 72 acres classified as 3-C in Clinton County on Oct. 29 to a low of $550 for 324 acres classified as 3-D in Hamilton County on Nov. 18. There were 16 auction results for Land Class 1-A which averaged $11,065 per acre; 14 auction results were for Land Class 2-B which averaged $7,635 per acre; and 77 results were for Land Class 3-C which averaged $6,207 per acre. There were also several auctions for land classified as either 1-B, 3-D, and 3-LC.

On The Block

Farm Credit Illinois maintains a list of upcoming farmland auctions submitted within the Association's 60-county marketplace. The listing is updated weekly at

If you have an auction to include, please submit a form at

Sign Up To Win One of Four AAA 65-Piece Winter Severe Weather Road Assistance Kits!
Drawing to be held February 5, 2016

The AAA 65-Piece Winter Severe Weather Road Assistance Kit is specially designed to deal with cold-weather emergencies. This economical kit has all the basics to keep you warm and assist you in fighting ice and snow. Items included: 1 AAA single-sided carrying bag, 1 AAA emergency care guide, 1 AAA membership brochure, 1 plastic flashlight with batteries, 1 three-piece fleece set (cap, gloves, and scarf), 1 folding shovel with sheath, 1 ice scraper, 1 LED safety strobe light, 1 emergency survival blanket, 3 emergency candles, 2 hand warmer packets, 1 emergency whistle, and a 46 piece first-aid kit.

Winter Survival Kit Sign-up Button

Congratulations to the winners of the "essential" Farm First Aid Kits given away after the fall edition: 
  • Ronald Schmisseur (Madison County)
  • John Chaney (Williamson County)
  • Terri Heiser (Champaign County)
  • David Haase (Iroquois County)
  • Armin Weilbacher Jr. (Monroe County)
  • Larry Churchman (Greene County)
  • Martha Wilson (Coles County)
  • Jodi Heberling (Christian County)
  • Marcia Cederberg (Moultrie County)
  • Dustin Chesnek (Jefferson County)
Welcome Aboard
Meet the newest members of the staff team who joined FCI since Oct. 1, 2015.

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