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  • 2015 Farm Credit Scholarships
  • 2015 Community Improvement Grants
  • Accepting Applications for Cultivating Master Farmers Class of 2017
  • Winter farm scene by Stephanie Knop
  • Child feeding cherry to horse

Farm Credit Agriculture Scholarships

High school seniors pursuing agriculture careers are invited to apply for a $1500 Farm Credit Agriculture Scholarship.


Community Improvement Grants

Farm Credit invites 4-H clubs and FFA chapters organizing community improvement projects in 2015 to apply for a $250 grant.

FCI Urban Agriculture Scholarships

With a commitment of recruiting urban youth to pursue education and careers in agriculture, Farm Credit Illinois is pleased to offer two $1,500 Urban Agriculture Scholarships specifically for non-farm high school senior students who have developed an educational and career interest in agriculture – possibly through organizations like FFA or 4-H. Although all urban agriculture students are welcome to apply, a priority is placed on recruiting under-represented minority student applicants for the FCI Urban Agriculture Scholarship.​

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

A 37,000-Foot View

During my travels, I gain perspectives on the landscape of agriculture by peering out of airplane windows at 37,000 feet (that’s 7 miles), as well as by interacting with leaders in business, government, and academics. Let’s examine some views that will influence your business model as you plan for 2015 and beyond.

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.