On the show next week...
5/27 am (6:40a & 1:10p on WHOW)
Jonathan Coppess – U of I On Trade War Impact (Best Of)
5/27 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Eric Vanasdale – Country Insurance On Farm Safety (Best Of)
Doug Yoder, Marty McDonald, Brad Clow – Country Ins on Prevent Plant (Part 1)
Dave Steward – DeWitt County Farmer
Doug Yoder, Marty McDonald, Brad Clow – Country Ins on Prevent Plant (Part 2)
Lucas Roney – Moultrie County Farmer
Andy Bolsen – Moultrie County Farmer
Jim Stoutenburrough – Macon County Farmer
Nathan Wentworh – Macon County Farmer & FCI Honoree
Dennis Bork – Macon County Farmer
Farm Credit Illinois Announces FreshRoots Directors Cup Honorees
Six young and beginning farmers or farmer couples throughout central and southern Illinois were named the inaugural FreshRoots Directors Cup honorees this week.
The Directors Cup presented by the Farm Credit Illinois Board of Directors celebrates young and beginning farmers committed to continuous learning and intentional living for a brighter future for their farm family business and community. Honorees receive $5,000, a commemorative keepsake, and will share their innovative ideas with peers while serving as advocates for Farm Credit Illinois for one year.
Cooperative members were selected by a panel of five industry representatives– including one FCI Board member – based on a combination of each applicant’s unique farm beginnings, personal and business aspirations, and passion for building a brighter future for their farm business and community.
The Directors Cup award is part of the FreshRoots young and beginning farmers program, which provides lending assistance and learning incentives to farmers up to age 40 or in their first 10 years of farming.
“These young and beginning farmers are displaying resiliency, as they develop the ground-breaking skills and practices it takes to succeed in farming today,” says Eric Mosbey, FCI Board Chair. “The Board of Directors celebrates the proactive steps they are taking to invest in their future.”
“FCI is proud to provide cooperative value through learning workshops and support for young and beginning farmers as they prioritize personal growth and professional development,” says Tom Tracy, FCI President & CEO. “The Directors Cup is another tangible way FCI is Helping the Next Generation of Farm Families Succeed.”
The following beginning farmers were selected as 2019 Directors Cup honorees:
Levi Bailey of Louisville (Clay County) is a third generation corn and soybean farmer. Bailey, 27, began farming in 2013. He and his wife Amanda have three children. He is now the sole proprietor of his family farm and off the farm, runs SeedCo Inc. seed dealership and Outback Storage facilities and custom harvests, plants, and sprays.
“A person can get ahead and build a business with hard work and a willingness to try new things,” says Bailey. “We have to keep up with the ever-changing industry to create profit opportunities for our farm and family.”
Ben Briggs of Stonington (Christian County) is a sixth-generation corn and soybean farmer and custom operator. Briggs, 32, began farming in 2011 and is now the sole proprietor of his family farm. He and his wife Abby have one daughter.
“It’s impossible to know everything, so don’t try,” Briggs says. “Instead, surround yourself with trustworthy people who will have the answers you need. FCI learning workshops have instilled in me the strong importance of building working capital and living conservatively to insure future financial stability and happiness on and off the farm.”
Faith Kemme of Altamont (Effingham County) is a third-generation corn, soybean, and wheat farmer. Kemme, 24, began farming in 2016 and works with her father and brother-in-law. She and her husband Matt have one son. Kemme holds multiple part-time jobs as a University of Illinois research assistant, summer-time Bayer field engagement specialist, and substitute teacher.
"Success is no accident; there’s always something to learn and room for improvement,” says Kemme. “Focusing on improving the farmland and resources you already have is an opportunity for all farmers.”
Derek and Renee Martin of Mt. Pulaski (Logan County) are seventh generation corn and soybean farmers and farm with Derek’s brother Doug and his wife Erin. Derek, 38, began farming in 2013 and Renee, 38, joined the farm full-time in 2018 while raising their two sons. The Martins co-own Bluestem Agricultural Services, which provides analytical knowledge on soil health and biology, aggregate soil structure, biologicals, and cover crops.
“Embracing technology allows you to become more efficient and profitable and provides the next generation with opportunities,” Derek Martin says. “Sometimes even implementing old practices with new twists, like strip-till and no-till, can help you achieve your goals.”
Bob Schroeder of Mahomet (Champaign County) is a sixth-generation corn and soybean farmer. Schroeder, 28, began farming in 2011 and works with his father and brother-in-law. Schroeder and his wife Katelin have one daughter. He is an alumnus of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program. Schroeder grows seed corn for Bayer and Pioneer, seed soybean for Remington Seeds, non-GMO corn for Cargill, and yellow food grade corn for Anderson Grain.
“Annually looking at each farm’s results and challenges allows you to implement specific solutions,” Schroeder says. “Constantly testing new ideas lets you see how they can impact the business’ bottom line.”
Nathan Wentworth of Warrensburg (Macon County) is a sixth-generation corn and soybean farmer. Wentworth, 39, began farming in 2005 and works full-time with his father and cousin. They also partner with other cousins to increase efficiency. Wentworth and his wife Jessica have two children.
“Data collected from on-farm research drives future product and practice choices,” says Wentworth. “Understanding cost of production and projecting net farm income helps remove emotion from marketing and can improve working capital and ownership equity.”
Twelve college students were named as recipients of the 2019 Farm Credit Illinois Family Scholarship, administered by the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois. Each scholar receives $3,000 to use towards their college education. The selection criteria emphasizes scholastic achievement, leadership and community contributions, and career vision and goals.
Applicants for the Family Scholarship are 26 years of age or younger, the children or grandchildren of Farm Credit Illinois employees, and will be enrolled as full-time college students in the fall of 2019.
Recipients of the 2019 Farm Credit Illinois Family Scholarship include:
Damian Adams, of Decatur, is pursuing a degree in history education at Illinois State University. He graduated from St. Teresa High School and is the son of Dana (FCI Decatur sales and service specialist) and Brian Adams of Decatur.
Cassidi Collins, of Mahomet, is pursuing a degree in public health in the pre-physician's assistant program at the University of Kentucky. She graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School and is the daughter of Tammi (FCI crop insurance service specialist) and Ted Collins of Mahomet.
Ellie Detmer, of Breese, is pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling and professional counseling at Lindenwood University – Belleville. She graduated from Central Community High School and is the daughter of Chris (FCI Highland sales and service specialist) and Jeff Detmer of Breese.
Britni Gortner, of Monticello, is pursuing a degree in business at the University of Missouri. She graduated from Monticello High School and is the daughter of Niki Moore (FCI credit assistant) and Mark Gortner.
Annie Heinz, of Tuscola, is pursuing a degree in accounting at Illinois State University. She graduated from Tuscola Community High School and is the daughter of Brad Heinz (FCI Highland senior certified appraiser) and Fran Heinz.
Jacob Henning, of Milford, is pursuing a degree in accounting at Butler University. He graduated from Milford High School and is the son of Nicholas (FCI Watseka regional manager) and Danielle Henning of Milford.
Jennifer Lookabaugh, of Anchorage, Ala., is pursuing a degree in criminal justice - criminal psychology through Liberty University. She graduated from Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School and is the daughter of Barbara (FCI scorecard credit assistant) and Timothy Hess of Paxton.
Andrew Rhode, of Mahomet, is pursuing a degree in material science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
David Rhode, of Mahomet, is pursuing a medical doctorate at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Andrew and David graduated from Morton High School and are the sons of Bob (FCI senior vice president and general counsel) and Rebekah Rhode of Mahomet.
McKenna Steineman, of Effingham, is pursuing a degree in English and music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She graduated from St. Anthony High School and is the granddaughter of David Ragan (FCI Effingham senior certified appraiser) and the daughter of Angela and Daniel Steineman of Effingham.
Alex Waldinger, of Naperville, is pursuing a degree in finance at Indiana University. He graduated from Neuqua Valley High School and is the son Corey (Capital Markets vice president) and Laura Waldinger of Naperville.
Lauryn Wright, of Mount Carmel, will pursue a degree in speech-language pathology at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in the summer after earning an associate’s degree from Wabash Valley College. She graduated from Mount Carmel High School and is the daughter of Mark (FCI Lawrenceville regional manager) and Kristi Wright of Mount Carmel.
On the Farm Show With Jared White.....
5/20 am (6:40a & 1:10p on WHOW)
Matt Bennett – Shelby Co. Farmer & Market Analyst
5/20 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Rich Guebert – President of IL Farm Bureau
Scott Irwin – U of I Agricultural Economist
David Brown – Macon County Farmer
Robert Klemm – DeWitt County Farmer
Bryan Sharp – Christian County Farmer
Jake Lieb – Piatt County Farmer
Tom Heironymous – DeWitt County Farmer
Scott Durbin – Christian County Farmer
Jim Reed – Piatt County Farmer
U.S., China Wrap Up Trade Talks with No Deal
U.S. and Chinese officials wrapped up trade talks with no deal. However, there wasn’t any breakdown in talks, even as the U.S. Trade Representative moved forward on raising import tariffs from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods. Farmers and agricultural organizations across the country are very concerned about the move. The National Association of Wheat Growers, the American Soybean Association, and the National Corn Growers Association were hoping a deal would be in place by March first, right before farmers started back into their fields. Instead, the trade war with China is escalating. Lynn Chrisp, Corn Growers President, says corn farmers are watching the tariff battle as many can’t even get into fields to plant this year’s crop due to wet weather. Richard Guebert Jr., President of the Illinois Farm Bureau, says there is deep concern over the impact of added tariffs. The Trump Administration says China has 3-4 weeks to come to an agreement or face $325 billion in tariffs on items currently not covered by duties.
More Trade Assistance for Farmers Coming?
U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue is in Japan this week, talking with officials from America’s fourth-largest agricultural customer. In a Twitter post, the secretary says he was on the phone with President Trump and discussed the increase in tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports and the negative impact it will have on farmers. Beijing has promised to retaliate in kind.
Latest WASDE Report Calling for Fewer Soybeans, More Corn Production
This month’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate Report is calling for higher corn production, lower soybeans, and a slight jump in wheat production. The corn crop is projected at 15 billion bushels, up from last year and the second-highest on record. Lower exports will mean higher ending stocks, with total corn supplies at a record-high of 17.2 billion bushels. The season-average farm price for corn is projected to be $3.30 a bushel. The U.S. soybean crop is projected at 4.15 million bushels, 394 million lower than last year. U.S. export share is expected to rise to 35 percent from the record low of 32 percent because of higher supplies and competitive prices. Soybean ending stocks are projected at 970 million bushels, a drop of 25 million. The season-average price for soybeans is projected at $8.10 a bushel. The U.S. wheat crop is projected to be 1.897 million bushels, up less than one percent from last year. Wheat supplies are increased by 41 million bushels because of higher carry-in stocks and larger production. The projected season-average price is $4.70 a bushel.
Next week on the show....
5/13 am (6:40a & 1:10p on WHOW)
Angela Stoltzenberg & Chelsea Campbell – Lincoln Farmer's Market
5/13 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Kyle Meece – Innovation Agronomy Lead w/ United Prairie
Brian Schaumburg – Mclean County Farmer
Lindsey Burden – DeWitt County 4H Coordinator
Rebecca Livingston – Christian County Ag Lit Coordinator
Jeff Brown – Macon County Farmer
Keven Bennett – Trees Forever
Craig Ratajczyk – CEO of Illinois Soybean Association
Ken Johnson – Horticulture Educator W/ U of I Extension
LIVE @ Ag Day At The Museum W/ DeWitt County Farm Bureau
This week on the Farm Show...
5/6 am (6:40a & 1:10p on WHOW)
Eric Snodgrass - Atmospheric Scientist w/ Nutrien Ag Solutions
5/6 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
John Sullivan – IL Director of Agriculture
Krista Swanson – U of I on Trade War Impact
Ken Franklin – Christian County Farmer
Nate Prater – Golden Harvest Agronomist
Jonathan Coppess – U of I on Trade War Impact
Liz Rupel – IL Stewardship Alliance On New Hemp Grower Guide
Derek Martin – Logan County Farmer
Bruce Henrikson – Champaign Co SWCD STAR Program
Jennifer Smith – IAA Foundation On Scholarships
4/29 am (6:40a & 1:10p on WHOW)
Todd Hubbs – Ag Economist @ U of I
4/29 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Elizabeth Burns – MGR of Clinton Area Farmers Market
Eric Vanasdale – Country Ins. On Farm Safety
Chris Kamienski – Agronomist w/ Channel Seed
Lindsey Ramsey – IL Farm Bureau On Monarch Project
LIVE @ Macon County Farm Bureau Agucation
Nick Seiter – Entomologist @ U of I
Braylee Finck – President of Maroa-Forsyth FFA
Mike Winn – CEO of Drone Deploy
Chip Shilling & Stephanie Darnell - BASF on Pollinators
Next week on the show...
4/22 am (6:40a & 1:09p on WHOW)
Kelsey Burgener – IL Pork on Pulled Pork Madness &
Paul Kuhns – Pauly's BBQ in Arthur - Winner of IL Pork Contest
4/22 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Chris Miller – National Weather Service Meteorologist
Mark Schluesener – USDA NASS on Census of Agriculture
Brain Basting – Economist w/ Advance-Trading
Nathan Kleczewski – U of I Ext. Specialist on Plant Diseases
Bob Lawless – Agronomist w/ Golden Harvest
Ryan Sosamon – Weldon Fertilizer On Spring Prep
Eric Gurth – IL NRCS on CSP Deadline
Travis Meteer – U of I Extension Beef Specialist
Jared Wright – Syngenta on New Dicamba Product Approval
4/15 am (6:40a & 1:10p on WHOW)
Tory Dahlhoff – Greater Peoria Ec Dev Council – Hemp
4/15 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Stephanie Porter – Golden Harvest Agronomist
Kelly Estes – IL Agricultural Pest Survey
Aaron Hager – U of I Weed Sciences
Braylee Finck – President of Maroa-Forsyth FFA
LIVE @ Macon County Farm Bureau
Matt Montgomery – Pioneer Agronomist
Joe Bolte – Beck's PFR Operator in Effingham
Kevin Nelson – ISA's Crop Advisor Of The Year (B.O.)
Greg & Mariah Anderson – Triple M Farms – Farm Of Year Award (B.O.)
4/8 6:40a & 1:10p
Eric Snodgrass – Atmospheric Scientist w/ Nutrien Ag Solutions
4/8 12:20p & 4:35p
Lance Tarchione – Agronomist w/ Asgrow & Dekalb
Taylorville FFA Livestock Judging Team
Liz Rupel – IL Stewardship Alliance on Hemp
Michael Buchanon – Shelby County Farmer
LIVE @ DeWitt County Farm Bureau
Molly Gleason – IL Stewardship Alliance on 2018 Recap
Travis Meteer – U of I Extension Beef Specialist
Chad Kalaher – Agronomist w/ Beck's Hybrids
Brad Haight – Owner of LeaseGen On Wind & Solar Leases
This week on The Farm Show with Jared White:
4/1 6:40 am
Congressman Rodney Davis – DC Ag Update
4/1 12:20 pm
Doug Gucker – U of I Extension in DeWitt, Macon, Piatt
Chase Brown – Prairie Beef Assoc. in DeWitt, Macon, Piatt
Kevin Nelson – ISA's Crop Advisor Of The Year
Ken Ferrie – Farm Journal Agronomist
Jackie Martinie – Chief Credit Officer @ Farm Credit IL
Greg & Mariah Anderson – Triple M Farms – Farm Of Year Award
Bruce Henrikson – Champaign Co SWCD STAR Program
Andrew Alton – Farm Credit IL FreshRoots Program
Ivan Dozier – State Conservationist @ IL NRCS
Farm Credit Illinois recently awarded a total of $56,000 in scholarships were awarded to high school seniors throughout central and southern Illinois to pursue agriculture-related majors and careers. Each of the 28 high school seniors received a $2,000 agriculture scholarship.
This is the 16th year of the Farm Credit agriculture scholarship program which has awarded a total of $456,000 to 357 students since 2004. Scholarship selections are based on a combination of academic achievement, participation, and leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant’s commitment to an agricultural career.
“Farm Credit Illinois is proud to promote positive opportunities for tomorrow’s agricultural leaders,” says Rod Stoll, vice president of marketplace engagement for FCI. “These scholars will bring their passion for agriculture into careers that shape the future of the industry and Rural America.”
The following students were selected to receive a 2019 Farm Credit agriculture scholarship:
- Cooper Block of Paris (Edgar County) will graduate from Paris High School and attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study crop sciences. He is the son of Scott and Brett Block.
- Natalie Bonnell of Golconda (Pope County) will graduate from Pope County Community High School and attend Southeastern Illinois College to study agriculture. She is the daughter of Travis and Kala Bonnell.
- Maria Brockamp of Morrisonville (Christian County) will graduate from Morrisonville High School and attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study agricultural and consumer economics, public policy and law. She is the daughter of Dale and Kendra Brockamp.
- Hannah Carlock of Chandlerville (Cass County) will graduate from A-C Central High School and attend Lincoln Land Community College as an agriculture transfer student. She is the daughter of Craig and Tammy Carlock.
- Alexis Carroll of Carrollton (Greene County) will graduate from Carrollton High School and attend Lincoln Land Community College to study to study agriculture with plans to transfer to a four-year university to earn a degree in agriculture science. She is the daughter of Andy and Brenda Carroll.
- James "Adam" Crites of Rantoul (Champaign County) will graduate from Rantoul Township High School and attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study agricultural leadership and science education. He is the son of James and Nicole Crites.
- Reece Davis of Medora (Macoupin County) will graduate from Southwestern High School and attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale to study agribusiness economics, pre-law. He is the son of Courtney Davis.
- Adam Day of Lovington (Moultrie County) will graduate from Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School and attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study agribusiness markets and management. He is the son of Jennifer and JW Day.
- Makenna Green of Arthur (Douglas County) will graduate from Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School and attend Lake Land Community College as an agriculture transfer student. She is the daughter of Justin and Monica Green.
- Lukas Hadden of Jacksonville (Morgan County) will graduate from Jacksonville High School and attend Lincoln Land Community College to study agri-business management. He is the son of Gary and Lisa Hadden.
- Ashley Hartman of Waterloo (Monroe County) will graduate from Waterloo High School and study agribusiness in college. She is the daughter of Kenneth Jr. and Anita Hartman.
- Charles "Charlie" Hoene of Sigel (Shelby County) will graduate from Teutopolis High School and attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study agricultural and biological engineering. He is the son of Paul and Martha Hoene.
- Carlin "Carli" Hoffman of Nashville (Washington County) will graduate from Nashville Community High School and attend Kaskaskia College to study animal science. She is the daughter of Jeff and Andrea Hoffman.
- Dylan Janssen of Milford (Iroquois County) will graduate from Milford High School and attend Parkland College in the Case New Holland Technician training program. Parents: Bill and Misti Janssen.
- Elizabeth Kiselewski of Waltonville (Jefferson County) will graduate from Waltonville High School and attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study agricultural accounting. He is the son of Gary and Tracy Kiselewski.
- Cody Knodle of Fillmore (Montgomery County) will graduate from Nokomis High School and attend Lake Land College and study crop production. He is the son of Mark and Julie Knodle.
- Seth Kocher of Claremont (Richland County) will graduate from Richland County High School and attend Olney Central College with plans to transfer to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study Computer Science and Crop Sciences. He is the son of Thomas and Kathleen Kocher.
- Samuel Lueke of McLeansboro (Hamilton County) will graduate from Hamilton County High School and attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign agricultural and biological engineering. He is the son of Jeff and Michele Lueke.
- Brodee McCormick of Athens (Menard County) will graduate from Athens High School and attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study agricultural sciences education. He is the son of Will Tomlinson and Mandy McCormick.
- Madison Michels of Noble (Richland County) will graduate from Richland County High School and attend Wabash Valley College to study agriculture technology business. She is the daughter of Kenny and Julia Michels.
- Courtney Mosbacher of Prairie du Rocher (Monroe County) will graduate from Valmeyer High School and attend Murray State University to study agriscience technology. She is the daughter of Steven and Doris Mosbacher.
- Cassie Peters of Crescent City (Iroquois County) will graduate from Watseka High School and attend Lake Land College as an agriculture transfer student. She is the daughter of Gary Peters and Julie and Keith Lange.
- McKenzie Reagor of Karnak (Massac County) will graduate from Century High School and attend Shawnee Community College to study agriculture business and management. She is the daughter of Josh and Tiffany Reagor.
- Molly Schempp of Atlanta (Logan County) will graduate from Midwest Christian Academy and study agricultural education in college. She is the daughter of Darin and Cindy Schempp.
- Lane Schilling of Okawville (Washington County) will graduate from Okawville High School and attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study crop sciences. He is the son of Rodney and Tami (Craig) Schilling.
- Jacob Uphoff of Mattoon (Coles County) will graduate from Mattoon High School and attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study crop sciences. He is the son of Kim and Bill Uphoff.
- Emmalyn Walk of Neoga (Cumberland County) will graduate from Neoga High School and attend Lake Land College to study agriculture with plans to transfer to a four-year university to earn a degree in agriculture education. She is the daughter of Phil and Lori Walk.
- Kinser Wargel of Clinton (DeWitt County) will graduate from Clinton Community High School and attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study agricultural and consumer economics, farm management. He is the son of Thomas and Claudine Wargel.
Pictured above: Class of 2018 FCI Agriculture Scholars who attended the recognition luncheon at the Mahomet central office in May 2018.
4-H clubs and FFA chapters throughout central and southern Illinois will implement valuable improvement projects in their communities with help from grants provided by Farm Credit Illinois. FCI awarded $500 grants to 50 4-H clubs and FFA chapters to deliver projects that will make their local communities better places to live.
This is the 11th year FCI has funded community improvement grants; the total amount awarded is nearly $135,000. Examples of this year’s award-winning projects include managing community gardens, improving fairgrounds, and constructing roadside welcome signs.
“Farm Credit is grateful to team-up with youth organizations to contribute to the health of rural communities,” says Rod Stoll, vice president of marketplace engagement for FCI. “We salute the 2019 grant recipients as they make positive, tangible changes to Rural America.”
The following 4-H clubs and FFA chapters are 2019 community improvement grant recipients:
- Liberty 4-H Club (Bond County): Construct a backdrop for Bond County Fair champions and reserve champions
- Old Ripley 4-H Club (Bond County): Provide garden and landscaping improvements to Old Ripley Church of Christ in Pocahontas
- Hardin Busy Bees 4-H Club (Calhoun County): Update the grounds of Hardin Pool
- Beardstown FFA Chapter (Cass County): Create outdoor classroom at Beardstown Elementary School
- River Valley 4-H Club (Cass County): Provide landscaping at Veterans' Memorial in Roy Roberts Park in Beardstown
- Fantastic 4-Hers of Fisher Club (Champaign County): Construct park benches for Mary Lammle Park
- Mahomet-Seymour FFA Chapter (Champaign County): Provide enhancements to Bulldog Trails at Middletown Prairie Middle School in Mahomet
- Sadorus All-Stars 4-H Club (Champaign County): Construct picnic tables for East Side Park in Tolono
- Casey-Westfield FFA Chapter (Clark County): Build resting benches for Casey's downtown district
- Beyond the Bell 4-H Club (Clay County): Plant community garden for Flora residents
- Clovers & Cloverettes 4-H Club (Clinton County): Plant trees and expand garden at Veteran's Park in Germantown
- Coles County 4-H Clubs (Coles County): Plant flowers throughout Coles County fairgrounds
- Coles County All Stars 4-H Club (Coles County): Construct benches for Coles County fairgrounds
- Impact 4-H Club (Coles County): Plant a community garden to feed hungry neighbors in Mattoon
- Lincoln Railsplitters 4-H Club (Coles County): Install dog agility equipment at the Charleston dog park
- Ellery Panthers 4-H Club (Edwards County): Beautify Little Prairie Christian Church in Albion
- Gallatin Co 4-H Saddle Club (Gallatin County): Construct concession stand for Gallatin County Fair
- Carrollton FFA Chapter (Greene County): Color up Carrollton – grow and plant flowers in the town square
- Greenfield FFA Chapter (Greene County): Make improvements to Greenfield Rives Lake Nature Center
- Basco Firecrackers 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Revitalize the Basco Collins Park Shelter House
- Funny Farmers 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Repair and replace raised beds at GIFT Garden in McLeansboro
- Hamilton County 4-H Federation (Hamilton County): Paint building murals on buildings throughout McLeansboro
- Pioneer Country Kids 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Clean-up Kiwanis Park in McLeansboro
- Hardin County Corn Fed Clovers 4-H Club (Hardin County): Plant flower gardens at Hardin County Sheriff's Department
- Cloverdale 4-H Club (Logan County): Initiate monarch habitat at Dr. G Dennis Campbell Outdoor Center in Lincoln
- Northwestern FFA Chapter (Macoupin County): Palmyra Fourway adds beauty, with valuable lessons
- Northwestern Green Machines 4-H Club (Macoupin County): Provide improvements to Palmyra Park
- Quercus Grove 4-H Club (Madison County): Plant community garden at St. John's United Methodist Church to feed Edwardsville neighbors
- Make It 4-H Club (Montgomery County): Plant a butterfly garden at Madison Park School in Litchfield
- Berea Ag 4-H Club (Morgan County): Beautify Morgan County Fairgrounds
- East Side Jr's 4-H Club (Morgan County): Improve chicken bards at Morgan County fairgrounds
- Franklin Straight Shooters 4-H Club (Morgan County): Landscape around Franklin School District addition
- Triopia FFA Chapter (Morgan County): Plant community garden at Triopia High School for hungry neighbors
- Monticello FFA Chapter (Piatt County): Implement a children's community sensory garden at Kirby Medical Center in Monticello
- Pope County FFA Chapter (Pope County): Build high tunnel and provide landscaping at Pope County High School
- Southern Smilers 4-H Club (Richland County): Provide Landscaping at the Richland County Fair Board Office
- Carrier Mills-Stonefort FFA Chapter (Saline County): Plant a community garden at Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School
- Harrisburg FFA Chapter (Saline County): Build a tower garden at East Side Primary School in Harrisburg
- Lads & Lassie 4-H Club (Saline County): Rehabilitate Galatia Public Library entrance
- West Side 4-H Club (Sangamon County): Construct picnic tables for Sangamon County fairgrounds
- Williamsville FFA Chapter (Sangamon County): Build planter boxes for Williamsville Elementary School
- Findlay Feeders 4-H Club (Shelby County): Provide improvements to Findlay community garden
- Shelby County 4-H Federation (Shelby County): Forest Park accommodations made in Shelbyville
- Shelbyville Cloverbuds 4-H Club (Shelby County): Construct raised beds for Shelbyville community garden
- Stewardson-Strasburg FFA Chapter (Shelby County): Enhance Mr. Wildman Memorial Garden at Stewardson-Strasburg High School
- Strasburg Tailtwisters 4-H Club (Shelby County): Provide improvements to livestock barns at Shelby County fairgrounds
- Nashville Eager Beavers 4-H Club (Washington County): Build picnic tables for Washington County fairgrounds
- Enfield Blue Ribbon 4-H Club (White County): Clean up and provide maintenance to play areas at Willis Park in Enfield
- Mad Hatters 4-H Club (White County): Expand garden beds at Wabash Heritage Apartments in Carmi
- White County 4-H Federation (White County): Build raised beds for White County GIFT Garden
Pictured above: The Carrolton FFA Chapter accepting their 2018 community improvement grant check.
Here are 4 additional reports our Hometown Illinois Radio Network division provided illinoisfarmradio.com from the Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida.
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Our Hometown Illinois Radio Network division, is covering the Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida. Here are our 3 reports airing on illinoisfarmradio.com on Thursday, February 28.
The Commodity Classic is getting underway this week in Orlando, Florida. Our Hometown Illinois Radio Network is covering the Classic, which is the combined meeting of several ag trade groups, including the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association.
Here are our reports airing on illinoisfarmradio.com on Wednesday.
Reports continue on illinoisfarmradio.com thru Friday.
PIATT COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT FOUNDATION OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP
The Piatt County SWCD Foundation will be offering a scholarship this year. Administrative Coordinator Angela Daily states “The Foundation is excited to introduce this $1,000.00 scholarship for the first time! We have decided this is a good way to give back to our supporters and communities”. The Hugh Hammond Bennett Scholarship will target individuals interested in furthering their education in any Ag or Natural Resources related field.
Applications are available at the Piatt County SWCD Office located at 1209 Bear Lane in Monticello, or on our website www.piattcountyswcd.com
To be eligible, individuals will be required to meet three of the following criteria:
1. Currently enrolled in a school district that serves Piatt County.
2. A prior graduate of a school district that serves Piatt County.
3. Accepted to any post-secondary school and pursuing an agricultural or natural resource
related degree or certification.
4. Currently enrolled in any post-secondary school and pursuing an agricultural or natural
resource related degree or certification.
5. Have resided in Piatt County at some point in the last 5 years.
Applications must be emailed or postmarked by APRIL 30, 2019 to either of the following:
Mailing address: Piatt County SWCD
1209 Bear Lane
Monticello, Il 61856
Angela also mentioned, “Any questions pertaining to the scholarship should be directed to our office,
the phone number is 217-762-2146 x 3. Again, applications received on or before April 30, 2019 will be reviewed and one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded with the individual being contacted by June 10, 2019. Thanks and good luck.”
Join Precision Conservation Management on March 8th to learn more about PCM, experiences with cover crops, and insight on cover crop termination. RSVP to David Fulton, Conservation Specialist
Precision Conservation Management, Serving Piatt, DeWitt, and Macon Counties by calling 217-871-0435 or emailing email@example.com, by March 1st to save your seat.*
National Sequestration Education Center
3357 N President Howard Brown Blvd, Decatur, IL 62521
FREE Meal included with RSVP, catering by Griffins' BBQ
FREE Program on Cover Crops
11:30 PM - Lunch
11:50 PM - PCM update with Dave Fulton, Precision Conservation Management
12:15 PM - Farmer Panel with Allen Williams, Steve McCoy, and Eric Miller. Moderated by Abigail Peterson, Soil Health Partnership
12:50 PM - Cover Crops & Termination Strategy with Pete Fandel, Illinois Central College
1:30 PM - Adjourn
*Each attendee is permitted two guests, limited number of seats available
If a disability request or dietary/allergy specification needs to be accounted for, please inform Dave Fulton during the time of RSVP. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider.
The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rebounded sharply in January to a reading of 143, a 16-point improvement compared to December and the highest Barometer reading since June 2018. The January survey provided the first opportunity to measure farmer sentiment following USDA’s announcement that the second round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments would be made to soybean producers and it was also the first survey taken following passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill), both of which appear to have helped boost farmer sentiment. In particular, total MFP payments (first and second installments, combined) to U.S. soybean farmers were estimated by USDA to be about $7.3 billion, providing a significant revenue boost to most Corn Belt farming operations.
The jump in the barometer from December to January was driven by increases in both of the barometer’s sub-indices but the biggest improvement was in the Index of Current Conditions, which rose to a reading of 132 from 109 a month earlier. In comparison, the Index of Future Expectations rose to 148 in January, 13 points above its December reading of 135 and its highest value since February 2017. The rise in the Current Conditions Index took it back to just below its June 2018 level.
Producers indicated they were more inclined to view making large investments in their farming operations favorably on the January survey than they did a month earlier. The Large Farm Investment Index rose to 62 in January, 11 points above its December value and the highest reading for the investment index since last June. Although the index was still below a year earlier in January, it has increased substantially over the last several months. The index bottomed out at 42 in September and has risen every month since then, except December when a modest decline occurred.
Although producers held a more favorable view of making investments in machinery and buildings in January than in late 2018, that perspective did not seem to carry over into their view of farmland values. When asked for their expectations for farmland values in the upcoming 12 months, producers’ attitude actually weakened slightly compared to November 2018 (the last time farmland value questions were posed) as the percentage expecting higher values declined from 17 to 13 percent and the percentage expecting lower prices drifted down to 21 from 22 percent. Producers longer term view of farmland values also weakened compared to November as the percentage expecting higher values declined 2 points to 48 percent and the percentage expecting lower values rose 4 points to 13 percent.
What’s going to happen with respect to trade negotiations continues to weigh heavily on U.S. farmers’ minds. In January, producers indicated that they were a bit more optimistic about the future for agricultural trade as 63 percent responded that they expect U.S. ag exports to increase over the next 5 years, compared to 59 percent in December. More significantly, the percentage of farmers expecting ag exports to decline over the next five years declined to just 7 percent, the lowest percentage since we first posed this question in May 2017, compared to 26 percent a month earlier.
There continues to be a lot of uncertainty regarding a possible shift in acreage between corn and soybeans in 2019. We asked producers that planted soybeans in 2018 what their plans are for 2019. Twenty-five percent of respondents that planted soybeans last year said they plan to reduce their soybean acreage in 2019 while two-thirds (67%) expect no change in their soybean acreage. Among those soybean farmers that expect to reduce soybean acreage, 58 percent of them expect to reduce their soybean acreage by more than 10% whereas the remaining 42 percent expect their acreage decline to be 10% or less.
Looking ahead to the rest of 2019, producers indicated that 2019 is poised to be a challenging year for many farm operations. A majority of producers (57%) indicated they expect their farms’ operating expenses to increase this year with 38 percent expecting operating expenses to be about the same, both compared to 2018. When asked if they expect livestock and grain prices to increase to levels that will substantially improve their farm’s financial situation in the next year, 70 percent of respondents said no. More specifically, when asked about their soybean price expectations, four out of 10 respondents (43%) said they expect November 2019 soybean futures to fall below $8.50 sometime between mid-January and summer 2019. Looking at their farm’s financial situation, 25 percent of respondents said they expect to have a larger farm operating loan in 2019 than in 2018. Among those expecting to have a larger operating loan, over half (53%) said it was because input costs increased. However, just over one-fourth (27%) said it was because they were carrying over unpaid operating debt from prior years, suggesting that their farm operation is under financial stress.
Producer sentiment improved markedly in January compared to a month earlier. Producers view of current conditions and expectations for the future both improved, but the large improvement in farmers’ perspective on current conditions was the biggest driver behind the Ag Economy Barometer’s increase. The boost in revenue provided by USDA’s MFP payments and the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, both of which took place in December but after the December survey was conducted, were likely responsible for some of the improvement in farmers’ sentiment. The sentiment improvement spilled over into a more optimistic perspective on making large investments in items like machinery and buildings as the Large Farm Investment Index rose 11 points in December to reach its highest level since last June. Although producers looked more favorably upon investing in machinery and buildings, that did not carry over into their views regarding future farmland values which weakened somewhat over both a 12-month and 5-year time horizon.
Looking ahead to plans for 2019, nearly one-fourth of farmers that planted soybeans in 2018 plan to reduce their soybean acreage this year whereas just 8 percent plan to increase their soybean acreage. Among those that plan to reduce acreage, 58 percent plan to reduce their acreage by 10 percent or more. This was a lower percentage than recorded on the November 2018 survey when 69 percent of growers planning to reduce soybean acreage said they expected to reduce soybean acreage by 10 percent or more.
The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) received an early holiday gift when Farm Credit Illinois donated $25,000 for an outdoor educational pavilion to be built at Fowler Farm, just west of Champaign. Kelly Hill, CUSF’s Executive Director says, “Fowler Farm has continued to grow as an outdoor classroom for science, agriculture and environmental sustainability. We are honored to have Farm Credit Illinois recognize the value of investing in these types of transformative experiences for students.”
Julie Anders, Edison Middle School Science teacher and lead educator for the CUSF grant funded program at Fowler Farm is excited to bring more students out to experience the farm activities. “This type of community support gives students real life experience with issues of food production, nutrition and ecological awareness. The Farm Credit Learn & Grow Pavilion, will become a shared place of ownership for the students...just as they refer to "my school" and “my teacher" this space will also become "our farm" and "our Learn and Grow Pavilion" a shared space with a sense of community.”
“Providing today’s youth with engaging agricultural learning experiences in an outdoor classroom connects them with the soil and food in a tangible way,” says Tom Tracy, President & CEO Farm Credit Illinois. "We are grateful for the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation’s vision and the opportunity to fund the Farm Credit Learn & Grow Pavilion at Fowler Farm.”
CUSF Executive Director Hill continues, “with the funds secured, we will begin working with a generous group of professionals and community volunteers to complete the pavilion. We hope to have the pavilion completed and ready for student use in late spring.”
About the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation: CU Schools Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing the quality of education in Champaign-Urbana through community support of the public schools. The Foundation’s goal is to elevate excellence by partnering with the Champaign and Urbana public school community to change the lives of the educators and students served.
About Farm Credit Illinois: Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) supports rural communities, farm families, and agriculture as a farmer-owned lending cooperative. FCI is owned by 8,500 farm families, agribusinesses, and rural landowners in the central and southern 60 counties of Illinois. Invested in the future of the rural communities in which our 220 employees live and serve, FCI annually contributes $300,000 and 2,000 volunteer hours to youth, charities, and rural communities. Farm Credit Illinois is dedicated to Helping Farm Families Succeed today and tomorrow.
Thirty $2,000 scholarships are available to high school seniors with agricultural career aspirations, planning to enroll in an agriculture-based college curriculum next fall. Two under-represented minority student applicants will be designated as Diversity in Agriculture Scholars.
Selection criteria includes academic achievement, participation and leadership within school and community organizations, and a commitment to pursuing an agriculture-related career. Recipients must reside – or their family must farm – in one of the 60 central and southern Illinois counties served by Farm Credit Illinois.
NEW IN 2019 – FCI has replaced the essay portion of the application with a Passion for Agriculture Video submission. Create a 30-45 second video on your phone capturing your passion for agriculture. After a quick personal introduction, showcase one specific object (i.e. momento, place, project, person, plant, animal) you treasure and describe its significance and how it helped shape your commitment to agriculture.
All applicants should complete the Application and share the Academic Verification Form link with a school official to submit. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. Contact FCI with scholarship questions at ask@farmcreditIL.com or 217-590-2200.
Recipients will receive $1,000 of the scholarship for the Fall 2019 semester and the remaining $1,000 will be available to students who continue pursuing an agricultural degree during the Fall 2021 semester.
The University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) offers a full $2,000 scholarship match to 2019 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholars who enroll full-time in the College of ACES either initially in the Fall 2019 semester or as a transfer student in the Fall 2021 semester. More information about the scholarship match is available from the U of I College of ACES.
Farm Credit Illinois introduced the FreshRoots Directors Cup recognition during the two-day learning and networking FreshRoots Retreat, attended by young and beginning farmers from across FCI’s 60-county territory in Champaign this week.
The $5,000 Directors Cup presented by the FCI Board celebrates young and beginning farmers committed to continuous learning and intentional living for a brighter future for their farm family business and community. Up to four young and beginning farmers will be recognized later this spring.
The Directors Cup award is part of the FreshRoots young and beginning farmers program, which provides lending assistance and learning incentives to farmers up to age 40 or in their first 10 years of farming. Cooperative members applying must be eligible for the FreshRoots program and have been an FCI member-borrower for at least three years.
“The Board of Directors is proud to present the FreshRoots Directors Cup to young and beginning farmers prioritizing personal growth and professional development,” says Eric Mosbey, FCI Board Chair. “We are proud to support today’s newest farmers taking proactive steps to invest in their future.”
“The Directors Cup award is another tangible way FCI is Helping the Next Generation of Farm Families Succeed,” says Tom Tracy FCI President & CEO.
An online application is available at www.farmcreditIL.com/freshroots and must be submitted by March 31. Contact your local FCI office for additional information.
Pictured above: Nearly 60 young and beginning farmers participated in the FreshRoots Retreat, featuring Dr. David Kohl, Virginia Tech professor emeritus.
High school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture are invited to apply for a $2,000 Farm Credit Illinois Agriculture Scholarship. Thirty scholarships will be given in 2019 with two recipients designated as Diversity in Agriculture Scholars.
Recipients are selected based on a combination of academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant’s commitment to an agricultural career. Applicants must be high school seniors enrolling in a college or university during the 2019 fall semester to pursue an agriculture-related academic major and career. Applicants must reside in – or immediate family must farm in – one of 60 central and southern counties in Illinois served by FCI.
Recipients will receive $1,000 for the fall 2019 semester and $1,000 for fall 2021.
Farm Credit Illinois also invites 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters organizing projects to apply for a $500 Community Improvement Grant.
Fifty $500 grants will be awarded to assist youth members in bringing positive change to their local community. Clubs should choose a project that delivers tangible value where the outcome is visible. Farm Credit encourages collaboration with other local organizations to develop and complete the improvement project.
Online applications for the scholarship and grant programs are available at www.farmcreditIL.com and must be submitted by March 1. In lieu of an essay, students will create a 30-45 second video capturing their passion for agriculture. Questions or requests for additional information may be sent to ask@farmcreditIL.com.
“When today’s youth give back and have a vision for prosperity, the future of Rural America is bright,” says Tom Tracy, FCI President & CEO. “Farm Credit is proud to offer the Agriculture Scholarship and Community Improvement Grant programs, which promote positive opportunities for tomorrow’s agricultural leaders and contribute to the health of rural communities.”
Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) is a new federally subsidized insurance plan specifically for dairy producers. DRP protects revenue based on price and production.
Coverage is provided on declines in quarterly revenue from milk sales relative to the guaranteed coverage level.
DRP is an area-based plan of coverage and does not insure a dairy’s individual milk production. Production for the insurance period will be determined on the state-level with milk production reports from the National Agricultural Statistics Survey.
Coverage is available quarterly and can be purchased into the next year. Daily quotes are available for up to five quarters and endorsements may be purchased daily. The chart below details the purchasing windows.
To determine the level of coverage, dairy producers must decide on the following:
The value of the milk protected – class or component pricing
Class Pricing – uses Class III or Class IV futures prices
Component Pricing – uses component milk prices for butterfat protein
The amount of milk production to cover
Determined by the producer and can be less than the actual quarterly estimated production.
Coverage level from 70-95% with a protection factor up to 150%
Quarterly endorsement based on the current sales period
Contact your local crop insurance agent to learn more about how Dairy Revenue Protection can work for your operation.