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  • A Woman Making Bacon in the Barn
  • Celebrating Farm Credit's Centennial
  • Justin Lamb Photographer
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  • Farm Credit Designates $100,000 to Illinois Agriculture

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

Houston, Do We Have Economic Problems?

This famous line modified from the movie Apollo 13 is very appropriate given the current agricultural economic environment. Grain and row crop producers are experiencing the brunt of the blow while many of the livestock sectors have been experiencing relatively profitable economic conditions. Let’s explore the challenge parallel to Apollo 13. Every problem creates opportunity for innovation. If you recall, duct tape was used as a means of solving the issue on the spacecraft.

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.

El Niño: Could It Be Good for Corn and Soybean Production?

The NOAA says the “forecaster consensus” is for a strong El Niño event that has a 90 percent chance of persisting through fall and an 85 percent chance of lasting through winter. What does this mean for major crops across America?​


2015 Class of Farm Credit Agriculture Scholars Recognized

The 2015 Farm Credit Agriculture Scholars were named at a scholarship luncheon in Mahomet on May 28. Each scholar receives $1,500 from Farm Credit to use towards their agriculture-related college education.

Challenges Ahead for Ag in 2015?

A recent newsletter survey asked readers “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.

FCI Awards Grants to 4-H & FFA Youth

4-H clubs and FFA chapters throughout central and southern Illinois will implement valuable improvement projects in their community thanks to grants provided by Farm Credit Illinois. FCI awarded 51 4-H clubs and FFA chapters with $250 grants to establish projects that will make their communities better places to live.​