Why Join the Farm Credit Illinois Cooperative?

Delivering member value is our number one priority. Reap the financial, educational, and social rewards of a Farm Credit Illinois membership.


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Putting Money Back in Your Pocket

  • Cash Patronagereceive a portion of Association earnings annually, retroactively lowering your effective interest rate.

    On average – across the entire $3.7 billion member loan portfolio – June 2023 cash patronage retroactively lowered overall interest rates by just over 1%. (graphically interesting)

  • Fee-Free Repricings – reprice existing loans at no cost when the financial market provides opportunities.

    $$ saved for FCI members since 201X? (graphically interesting)

  • No Lender Fees at Closing – don’t pay for origination fees, traditional loan appraisals, or UCC filings on agricultural loans.

    Save up to 1.5% of the loan amount without these fees (what’s our average loan amount? Could we fairly say that an FCI member saves $$ on average?) (graphically interesting)

  • FreshRoots Young and Beginning Farmer Program – farmers up to age 40 or in their first 10 years of farming are eligible for lending assistance and learning incentives.


$ saved in interest for yb farmers since 2019 (can we estimate this??)

$ paid to yb farmers in learning incentives since 2019 (graphically interesting)




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What Separates FCI From Other Lenders?

While most businesses are motivated by the returns they earn for their investor-owners, the success of a cooperative business is expressed through the value delivered to its member-owners. Without investor-owners, lending cooperatives strive to understand the needs and preferences of their borrower-owners and design products and services that deliver the greatest cooperative value.

Consider the cooperative advantage when searching for a lender.

1. Patronage dividends based on participation

A cooperative’s cash patronage is distributed equitably based on each member’s participation in the business – a contrast to companies that pay dividends based on stock ownership at the cost of the customers. Since patronage pays proportionally to contributions, your overall cost of products and services from the cooperative lowers.

2. Tailored loan terms, competitive interest rates, and minimal fees

Cooperatives listen to member-owners requesting new products and services and want to provide the tools needed to succeed. Inquiring about programs available for your specific business model may provide savings and flexible payment options.

3. Agricultural expertise and on-farm service

Part of the value created by a cooperative is expertise in the field. Finding a lender with ag experience who will meet you on the farm will save you valuable time while informing your relationship.

4. Committed to their industry

Since cooperatives serve their member-owners, they are dedicated to seeing their industry grow and thrive. Working with a cooperative committed to Helping Farm Families Succeed provides peace of mind through both the prosperous and challenging times of agriculture.

5. Support to the local community

Cooperatives are called to serve the local communities in which their employees and members live. Doing business with a local lender who gives back – financially and by volunteering – helps your community prosper.

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