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Poll Finds Ag Lenders Helping Producers Restructure Debt As Commodity Prices Remain Top Challenge

A new poll of senior leaders from Midwest Farm Credit lenders shows commodity prices as the greatest challenge facing their customers. Farm Credit lenders are responding to this by providing services to restructure the financial situations of their customers. In addition, in a new AgriThought report, Jerry Lehnertz, senior vice president of Credit at AgriBank, examines the challenging farm economy and how lenders are helping farmers navigate it.

The Logic Behind A Resilient Business

Emotions can hinder any business decisions in both the prosperous and challenging times. While those hasty decisions may not break an operation in the good times, farmers must interject logic through proactive planning and objective assessment to ensure their business remains sustainable and profitable as the economic reset continues.​


2016 Annual Report Now Available

2016 proved to be a year of unmistakable change for members of the farming industry as the ag economy downturn took root. Yet, your financial cooperative remains strong and prepared for what’s next. Our strategic focus remained centered on credit quality, stable earnings, and growth.​


Create an Action Plan to Weather Volatility

FCI is committed to our members through changing economic conditions. As profit margins become tighter, important discussions with individual operations are taking place. Oftentimes these difficult - but crucial - conversations allow members to make adjustments to manage their business and improve their viability.​


T.I.P. Technology Information Protection: Securing Mobile Devices

A lot of personal information is stored on mobile devices. If an unsecured cell phone, laptop, or tablet is stolen or misplaced, hackers can easily steal your identity or use your information to perform illegal activities. Following simple T.I.P. procedures when using a mobile device makes it more difficult for your information to be discovered and better protects you from the expensive and challenging process of recovering from identity theft.​


Land Value Benchmark Study Reveals Decline

Farm Credit Illinois recently released the results of the 2016 annual benchmark farmland value study. Overall, the study revealed an average 6.34 percent decline in land values throughout the cooperative’s 60-county territory in central and southern Illinois.​


Do Monetary Machinations Work? That's the Trillion Dollar Question!

As central banks around the world attempt to jump-start their economies with monetary policy, the amount of sovereign debt increases. Will these unprecedented strategies increase inflation and generate economic growth, or be unsustainable in the long-run?​


Local Foods More Accessible At Urbana’s Market At The Square

Farm Credit Illinois is partnering with Urbana’s Market at the Square to reinstate a program to double the LINK card purchases. This program will not only help local farmers selling their local foods, but will provide farm-fresh foods to those in our community.


Does crop insurance cover Diplodia?

Throughout parts of Illinois, Diplodia Ear Rot has reared its ugly head. There are many contributing factors that can cause Diplodia, but at the end of the day it can hurt your bottom line when you factor in the effects.  Diplodia is not a toxin that is covered with Multi-Peril Crop Insurance.  However, the results of Diplodia – low test weight and kernel damage – are covered to some extent.

Expectations for Fed Policy in 2017 & Beyond

The recent vote to increase interest rates was met with stride by the market, but what does this decision say about the state of the U.S. economy and federal debt levels? How much more are rates currently expected to climb in the next few years?​