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The recipients of nearly $50,000 of scholarships to high school seniors throughout central and southern Illinois pursuing agriculture-related majors and future careers were announced last week by Farm Credit Illinois. FCI awarded 24 high school seniors a $2,000 agriculture scholarship; two are designated as Urban Agriculture Scholars.
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.
Recruitment is underway for the Cultivating
Master Farmers Class of 2019. This program brings together a class of young
farmers and Prairie Farmer Master Farmers for an exchange of knowledge and
ideas. Young farmers have until March 31, 2017, to apply for an opening in the
Class of 2019.
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.
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.
Farm Credit Illinois is maintaining a list of upcoming farmland auctions in the Association's 60-county marketplace. If you have an auction to include, please submit a form at www.farmcreditIL.com/auctioninfo or send a web link of the auction sale bill to info@farmcreditIL.com.
Do you produce retail agriculture products that
are sold locally? Help FCI celebrate farm fresh retail products grown and sold
by members. If your operation includes a retail ag business, sign up to be
featured in the Farm Fresh Members Market.
Farmers with the staying power to endure twists
and turns possess common traits and practices through both the prosperous and
challenging cycles of the ag economy.
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?
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