Farm Credit Announces FreshRoots Directors Cup Honorees

Six young and beginning farmers and farmer couples from central and southern Illinois were named FreshRoots Directors Cup honorees this week by Farm Credit Illinois.


The Directors Cup presented by the cooperative 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 and a commemorative keepsake.


Cooperative members were selected by a panel of seven 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.


Today’s newest farmers need a resilient business mind and commitment to lifelong learning – especially in today’s volatile economy,” says Eric Mosbey, FCI Board Chair. “The Board of Directors celebrates the determination these beginning farmers display while developing ground-breaking skills and practices to invest in their futures.”


FCI delivers cooperative value and support for beginning farmers prioritizing personal growth and professional development through the FreshRoots learning incentives and lending assistance,” says Aaron Johnson, FCI president and 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 2020 Directors Cup honorees:

  • Alex Head of Blue Mound (Macon County) is a fourth generation farmer raising corn, seed corn, seed beans, non-GMO soybeans, food grade non-GMO soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, rye, and beef cattle. Head, 30, began farming in 2010 and works with his parents and brother. He manages the row crop side of the operation and keeps the books for both their grain and livestock operations. Alex is married to wife Lena.

  • Evan Marr of Jacksonville (Morgan County) is a fourth generation corn, soybean, and cattle farmer. Marr, 26, began farming in 2014 and works with his father, uncle, and brother as the farm’s data management and technology lead. He also owns Elite Ag Sales – an ag equipment, crop health, and seed products business also offering custom farming operations – co-owns a trucking entity, and runs a cow-calf operation.

  • Mike Nelson of Paxton (Ford County) is a fifth generation corn and soybean farmer. Nelson, 34, began farming in 2013, is the sole proprietor of his own operation, and partners with his father for equipment and labor. He and his wife Amanda have one son.

  • Matthew and Melanie Schmitz of Valmeyer (Monroe County) are fifth generation corn, soybean, cattle, and hay farmers. Matthew is a full-time farmer and Melanie is an accountant at Bunge while serving as the farm manager and marketer. They actively farm with Melanie’s father and uncle and are currently transitioning ownership from both sets of parents and Melanie’s uncle. Matthew, 35, and Melanie, 32, began farming in 2008 and have two sons.

  • Andy and Monica Schumacher of Sigel (Cumberland County) are fourth generation corn, soybean, wheat, hog, and cattle farmers. Andy is a full-time farmer and custom operator. Monica is an accountant at Midland State Bank and for the farm. They farm with Andy’s father and will transfer complete ownership of the operation by the end of the year. Andy, 34, and Monica, 32, began farming in 2009 and have one daughter.

  • Jill and Chad Vonder Haar of Saint Rose (Clinton County) are third and fourth generation farmers, respectively. They raise corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, hay, beef, pork, chicken, lamb, turkey, and eggs. Many products are sold directly to consumers via their Main Street Pastures farm store. Jill is a full-time farm manager and operator and Chad owns an automotive reconditioning business and works on the farm part-time. They manage the farm themselves with help from extended family during busy times. Jill, 40, and Chad, 40, began farming in 2008 and have three daughters and one son.

Profiles of each Directors Cup honoree can be found at




About Farm Credit Illinois


Farm Credit Illinois is a farmer-owned and directed agricultural cooperative serving the southern 60 counties of Illinois with competitive and flexible financing, crop insurance expertise, and Rural 1st® lending for rural life. Farm Credit Illinois manages a $4.5 billion loan portfolio, sells 1.36 million acres of crop insurance coverage, and employs 230 staff based in the Mahomet headquarters and 14 regional office locations. The Association delivered additional cooperative value by returning $28 million of cash patronage to member-owners in 2020. The U.S. Farm Credit System supports rural communities, farm families, and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services today and tomorrow.


The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 5/25/20 - 5/29/20

Next week on The Show....

5/25 am   (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Jenny Jackson – Communications Director @ IL Pork Producers

5/25 noon   (12:20p & 4:25p on WHOW)
Matt Bennett – Bennett Consulting &

5/26 am
Eric Snodgrass – Chief Atmospheric Scientist w/ Nutrien Ag Solutions

5/26 noon
Ken Ferrie – Crop Tech Consulting & Farm Journal Agronomist

5/27 am
Adam Nielsen – National Legislative Director @ IL Farm Bureau

5/27 noon
Lucas Roney – Moultrie County Farmer

5/28 am
Kyle Meece – Agronomy Manager @ United Prairie

5/28 noon
Tom Heironymous – DeWitt County Farmer

5/29 am
Danny Himes – LG Seeds in Shelby, Christian, Montgomery, & Sangamon

5/29 noon
Gary Schnitkey – Farm Management Specialist @ U of I






The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 5/18/20 - 5/22/20

Next week on The Show...


5/18 am   (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Chad Kalaher – Field Agronomist W/ Beck's Hybrids


5/18 noon   (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Jake Lieb – Piatt County Farmer & Bison Producer


5/19 am
Paul Butler – Macon County Farmer


5/19 noon
Jerry Toohill – Stone Seed in Dewitt, Macon, Piatt, & Logan


5/20 am
David Murphy – Peoria & Marshall County Farmer


5/20 noon
Jennifer Fink & Tim Stock – Macon County Farm Bureau


5/21 am
Matt Jungmann – National Events Manager w/ Farm Progress


5/21 noon
Austin Rincker – Shelby County Farmer


5/22 am
Randy Toohill – DeWitt County Farmer


5/22 noon
Shaun Tyson – Logan County Cattle & Mt Pulaski Grocery Co-op





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 5/11/20 - 5/15/20

Next week on The Show...


5/11 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Karl Setzer – Commodities Risk Analyst w/ Agrivisor


5/11 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Brian Schaumburg – McLean County Farmer


5/12 am
David Brown – Macon County Farmer


5/12 noon
Lisa Diaz – Director of Illinois 4H @ U of I


5/13 am
Mark Gebhards – Director of Governmental Affairs & Commodities @ ILFB


5/13 noon
Allison Reinecke – Manager of DeWitt County Farm Bureau


5/14 am
David Dorn Jr – Christian County Farmer


5/14 noon
Jenny Jackson – Communications Director @ IL Pork Producers


5/15 am
Andy Bolsen – Moutlrie Co Farmer & Piatt Co Fair Board Member 


5/15 noon
John Klemm – DeWitt County Farmer






Farm Credit Illinois Announces $100,000 Gift to 4 Feedling Illinois Food Banks

Farm Credit Illinois announced a $100,000 gift to be shared by the four Feeding Illinois food banks serving the southern 60 counties of Illinois today. 



$50,000 of the total gift supports the Eastern Illinois Foodbank as it faces unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift will be matched with the agriculture community challenge “Harvest for Hunger” campaign by Steven and Betsy Mills of Monticello. 


“The rural communities we serve are experiencing significant hardships” says Eric Mosbey, FCI Board chair. “This gift supports the important work of the Feeding Illinois food bank network as a growing number of families depend on their services for food security.”


“Even as the reliance on food banks increases, the overall food supply chain faces extraordinary challenges,” notes Wes Durbin, FCI Board vice chair. “The enormous stress – mostly at the processor level – is causing fresh food to be disposed of or destroyed on the farm and can’t get to those in need.”


“The needs of our neighbors demand we grow, and this gift from Farm Credit Illinois could not come at a better time,” says Jim Hires, Eastern Illinois Foodbank president & CEO. “Through the Mills Agricultural Match, Farm Credit’s $50,000 donation will be doubled, which brings us closer to our vision of expansion. We are grateful for their gift because it will carry us into the future and ensure we are a vital resource in eastern Illinois for years to come.”


“We are taking action to support our neighbors throughout rural Illinois,” states Aaron Johnson, FCI president & CEO. “The food supply chain and families everywhere are strained due to COVID-19. By keeping a resilient attitude and supporting each other, we can overcome these challenges together.”

Along with this gift to food banks, FCI is celebrating the frontline workers involved in the food supply chain with a social media campaign. Every link – from farmer, to processor, trucker, grocer, food bank, and restaurant – is critical to getting food on tables and #KeepingUsFed.


Farm Credit Illinois is a farmer-owned and directed agricultural cooperative serving the southern 60 counties of Illinois with competitive and flexible financing, crop insurance expertise, and Rural 1st® lending for rural life. Farm Credit Illinois manages a $4.5 billion loan portfolio, sells 1.36 million acres of crop insurance coverage, and employs 230 staff based in the Mahomet headquarters and 14 regional office locations. The U.S. Farm Credit System supports rural communities, farm families, and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services today and tomorrow.


2020 Piatt County Fair Cancelled

A long running, annual Piatt County event has been canceled for 2020.


The Piatt County Fair Board met this week, and decided to cancel the annual Piatt County Fair in Cerro Gordo.  This year's event was to be held June 18th thru the 21st.


Andy Bolsen organizes the annual antique tractor pull, and also serves on the Piatt County Fair Board.  He says public health concerns due to corona virus, as well as financial concerns have led to the cancellation.



Bolsen believes safety has to be the biggest factor in holding any event.  He notes the majority of the fair's volunteers fall in the at-risk age group.  In addition, he notes fairs and festivals have to weigh the possibility of not having the public feel safe enough to attend an event.



Bolsen says there is a bright spot to the cancellation.  The Piatt County Fair Board is going to use the year off to do additional work on the fairgrounds.



The Piatt County Fair is latest in several fairs and festivals to be canceled amid the corona virus pandemic.  Monticello's annual Freedom Fest also announced its cancellation this week. 




Extension continues transition to online webinars, 4-H shows, events 

URBANA, Ill. – As Illinois residents contemplate the impact of the coronavirus health pandemic on summer plans, University of Illinois Extension has released updated guidelines for Extension sponsored events and activities. The new guidelines continue to focus on the safety of event participants while recognizing that these activities support the health and vitality of communities across Illinois.


Following the direction of the Illinois Department of Public Health and the University of Illinois, Extension has developed a phased approach to deciding about event formats for summer 2020 and beyond. The timeline provides structure and certainty to staff, program attendees, 4-H members and their families, partner organizations, and the public.


In-person events sponsored by Illinois Extension through July 5 have been canceled or transitioned to an online delivery format. Decisions about events beyond July 5 will be publicly communicated by the first day of the month before.


  • Today: events through July 5 cancelled or transitioned to an online format
  • June 1: decision shared regarding July 6 – July 31 events
  • July 1: decision shared regarding August 1-15 events
  • July 15: decision shared regarding August 16-31 events
  • August 1: decision shared regarding September 1-30 events

Additionally, all Illinois Extension camps, including day and overnight camps, are canceled through August 15.


“Our mission is to support the welfare of families, communities, and small businesses across the state,” says Shelly Nickols-Richardson, associate dean and director of Illinois Extension. “Tough decisions today protect the safety and well-being of our Illinois families going forward, so that we can all safely return to the work of sustaining our communities and economy as soon as we can.”


Extension’s updated event policy provides clarity for summer 4-H shows and exhibitions. All 4-H general project and 4-H livestock shows and exhibitions scheduled through July 5 will move online to a virtual exhibition platform called FairEntry. Decisions about 4-H shows scheduled for July 6-31 will be announced by June 1. This solution provides clarity for Extension staff, 4-H members, and volunteers that will allow them to move forward with plans for summer events, scheduled to begin in just over a month.


“4-H shows play a critical role in the 4-H model and we wanted to avoid canceling them outright,” says Lisa Diaz, Illinois Extension assistant dean and director of Illinois 4-H. “Over the past several weeks, we evaluated a variety of alternatives so that a contingency plan would be ready if in-person events weren’t an option. We are confident that virtual exhibitions through FairEntry are the best solution for allowing 4-H members to participate in this important activity, even during the incredibly unusual circumstances created by the current public health situation.”


4-H members will upload photos and other materials to the virtual platform as evidence of the skills and knowledge gained while working on their projects. The system allows judges to review each project and provide vital learning feedback for exhibitors. The virtual system also allows judges to select the top exhibits, including those that qualify for exhibition at the Illinois State Fair.

Illinois 4-H staff are updating project guidelines, developing support documentation for the new system, and creating training resources for volunteer judges and 4-H exhibitors.


More information about 4-H shows is available in a detailed set of frequently asked questions. 4-H members will receive guidance from staff and club leaders about how to use the new system and how to prepare for a successful virtual project exhibition, Diaz says.


Source: Dr. Shelly Nickols-Richardson,
Writer: Samantha Koon, 


The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 5/4/20 to 5/8/20

On The Show next week....


5/4 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Matt Bennett – Shelby Co Farmer & Commodities Broker


5/4 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Jim Reed – Piatt Co Farmer & IL Corn Marketing Board


5/5 am
Dave Steward – DeWitt County Farmer


5/5 noon
Terry Yoder – Owner of Moweaqua Packing Plant


5/6 am
Jason Geis – Technical Field Rep w/ BASF


5/6 noon
Scott Durbin – Christian County Farmer


5/7 am
Derek Martin – Logan County Farmer


5/7 noon
Doug Harlan – County Dir @ U of I Ext in Dewitt, Macon, Piatt


5/8 am
Travis Meteer – U of I Extension Beef Specialist


5/8 noon
Jeff Brown – Macon/Christian County Farmer





Livestock Mortality Management Solutions in Illinois

Champaign, IL, May 1, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Illinois will offer financial and technical assistance to livestock producers for animal mortality disposal, resulting from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance for the Emergency Animal Mortality Management practice is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).


“NRCS is not recommending or advocating for the depopulation of livestock. I hope we can find alternatives that allow our agricultural food chain to remain intact. However, we realize these are difficult times and if a producer is left with no other option, we want to provide practices that will lessen the negative environmental impacts,” says State Conservationist Ivan Dozier.


Dozier announced the first application deadline is close of business Friday, May 8, 2020. Additional application deadlines will occur every two weeks after May 8th until further notice. Learn more at The Emergency Animal Mortality Management practice includes several options for the proper disposal of animal carcasses.


Producers who face livestock depopulation can submit an EQIP application, form CCC-1200, to their local NRCS field office. To receive assistance, both an application and Approved Early Start Waiver must be filed with the local NRCS field office prior to disposal of animal carcasses.


For more information, please contact your local NRCS office or visit





Amish Country Tractor Cruise Cancelled For 2020

The Amish Country Tractor Cruise that was scheduled for June 19 – 20, 2020 has been cancelled for the second time in as many years. Last year, it was due to weather. This year are the risks and logistics associated with the virus. With the extended “stay at home” order until the end of May and the unknowns of what June may look like have lead to the cancellation.


The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 4/27/20 - 5/1/20

On The Show next week....

4/27 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Todd Hubbs – Ag Economist @ U of I


4/27 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis


4/28 am
Jill Johnson – Ex VP of IL Beef Association


4/28 noon
Nathan Kleczewski – U of I Ext. Specialist in Field Crop Pathology on Seedilng Diseases


4/29 am
Dave Bishop – Organic Grain & Produce Farm in Logan County


4/29 noon
Kent Beadle – Dir of CHS Hedging On Markets


4/30 am
Bryan Sharp – Christian County Farmer


4/30 noon
Elliott Burgett – Macon County Grain & Produce Farmer


5/1 am
Alan Guebert – National Ag Columnist of “The Farm and Food File”


5/1 noon
Ken Franklin – Christian County Farmer




The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 4/20/20 - 4/24/20

Next week on The Show...


4/20 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Jennifer Tirey – Executive Director of IL Pork Producers Association


4/20 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Curt Kimmel – Commodity Broker @ Bates Commodities


4/21 am
Aaron Johnson – President & CEO @ Farm Credit Illinois


4/21 noon
Illinois 17th District U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos


4/22 am
Lance Tarochione – Agronomist w/ Dekalb & Asgrow


4/22 noon
Josie Rudolphi – U of I Extension Specialist on Mental Health


4/23 am
Beth Bolger – Farm Credit Illinois on Local Grants & Scholarships


4/23 noon
Darren Moser – Clinton YMCA Acres For Kids Program 


4/24 am
Lisa Diaz – Director of Illinois 4H @ U of I


4/24 noon
Eric Gurth – Illinois NRCS on Local PCM Funding Available





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 4/13/20 - 4/17/20

Next week on The Farm Show....


4/13 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Joe Camp – Manager @ Agrivisor


4/13 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Jonathan Coppess – Director of Gardener Ag Policy Institute @ U of I


4/14 am
Megan Dwyer – IL Corn Growers on Covid Farm Readiness


4/14 noon
John & Susan Adams – Logan County Farmers & 2020 Master Farmers


4/15 am
Dale Hadden – Morgan County Farmer & 2020 Master Farmer


4/15 noon
Tim Stock & Jennifer Fink – Macon Co Farm Bureau


4/16 am
Matt Kilgus – Owner of Kilgus Farmstead Dairy in Pontiac


4/16 noon
Jennifer Nelson – Horticulturist on New Gardeners 


4/17 am
Liz Moran Stelk – Executive Director of IL Stewardship Alliance


4/17 noon
Matt Montgomery – Field Agronomist W/ Pioneer



Farm Credit Illinois Awards Community Improvement Grants to Local Youth

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 a better place to live.


This is the 12th year FCI has funded community improvement grants; the total amount awarded is nearly $160,000. Examples of this year’s award-winning projects include managing community gardens, sprucing up fairgrounds and community parks, and constructing resting benches.


“Farm Credit is grateful to team-up with youth organizations and invest in the health of rural communities,” says Rod Stoll, vice president of marketplace engagement for FCI. “We are impressed by the passion and commitment of 4-H and FFA members for providing positive, tangible changes in their hometowns.”


The following 4-H clubs and FFA chapters are 2020 community improvement grant recipients:


Pulaski/Alexander 4-H Federation (Alexander County): Construct and install fencing at Cairo Community Garden
Old Ripley 4-H Club (Bond County): Provide landscaping and build raised beds at Old Ripley Church of Christ in Pocahontas
Calhoun Busy Bees 4-H Club (Calhoun County): Provide landscaping at Calhoun County Courthouse
Calhoun County Appleseeds 4-H Club (Calhoun County): Establish a rock garden at Calhoun Pool
Champaign County Livestock 4-H Club (Champaign County): Construct benches and landscape around Champaign County fairgrounds livestock buildings
Fantastic 4-Hers of Fisher (Champaign County): Construct picnic tables for Fisher Community Building
Sadorus All-Stars 4-H Club (Champaign County): Improve the toddler playground at West Side Park in Tolono
Clover 4-H Club (Christian County): Educate and help recover and replant damaged trees in Christian County
Boosters 4-H Club (Clark County): Clean-up cemeteries in Marshall and Westfield
Casey Achievers 4-H Club (Clark County): Install new flag pole at Casey welcome sign
Casey Westfield FFA Chapter (Clark County): Just a swinging: Construct swings for Casey Main Street
Clarksville Co-Eds 4-H Club (Clark County): Plant daffodils along 1-70 exit ramps in Clark County
Barnstormers 4-H Club (Coles County): Repair and paint barn gates at Coles County fairgrounds
Coles County Federation 4-H Club (Coles County): Beautify Coles County fairgrounds
Mattoon FFA Chapter (Coles County): Install garden and walking path in former ag plot in Mattoon
Edwards County FFA Chapter (Edwards County): Provide Earth Day education to students in Edwards County
Ellery Panthers 4-H Club (Edwards County): Build therapy steps for Little Prairie Christian Church Preschool in Albion
Vandalia FFA Chapter (Fayette County): Establish an outdoor learning garden at Okaw Vocational School
Paxton-Buckley-Loda FFA Chapter (Ford County): Provide resting benches at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School
Carrollton FFA Chapter (Greene County): Color up Carrollton: Grow and plant flowers for the town square
Greenfield FFA Chapter (Greene County): Enhance Greenfield FFA community garden
Show and Grow 4-H Club (Greene County): Make blankets for St. Louis Children's Hospital patients
County Line Crew 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Renovate kitchenette at the historic Izaak Walton Cabin in McLeansboro
Funny Farmers 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Replace and repair raised beds at GIFT Garden in Dahlgren
Pioneer Country Kids 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Make repairs and improvements to Kids Kingdom play structures in McLeansboro
Piopolis Busy Bees 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Install new sign and landscaping at Old McLeansboro Cemetery
TRICO FFA Chapter (Jackson County): Build benches and update landscaping at TRICO High School's Pioneer Park
Waltonville FFA Chapter (Jefferson County): Construct outdoor classroom at Waltonville High School
All American Clovers 4-H Club (Jersey County): Beautify Jersey County Courthouse and Sheriff's office
Cloverdale 4-H Club (Logan County): Create a butterfly habitat at Lincoln College Outdoor Center
Clover Cadets 4-H Club (Macoupin County): Assemble first aid kits for Girard and Virden families
Northwestern FFA Chapter (Macoupin County): Renovate and refresh Northwestern School District sign
Northwestern Green Machines 4-H Club (Macoupin County): Beautify Palmyra Park
Joppa FFA Chapter (Massac County): Provide improvements to Joppa High School community garden
Massac County 4-H Federation Club (Massac County): Plant a row, watch COPE grow: Construct garden fencing
Athens FFA Chapter (Menard County): Expand Athens Warriors food garden at Athens High School
West Menarders Ag 4-H Club (Menard County): Spruce up Menard County fairgrounds
Sunny Side Flea Flickers 4-H Club (Moultrie County): Spruce up Bethany Main Street, Marrowbone Cemetery, and American Legion
Monticello FFA Chapter (Piatt County): Plant a children's pizza garden at Kirby Hospital in Monticello
Pope-Hardin 4-H Federation (Pope County): Construct community garden youth tunnel at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Simpson
Steeleville FFA Chapter (Randolph County): Build raised beds and plant fruit trees near Steeleville FFA greenhouse
West Side 4-H Club (Sangamon County): Make improvements at Sangamon County fairgrounds
Moweaqua Rustlers 4-H Club (Shelby County): Plant trees at Shelby County fairgrounds
Shelby County Cloverbuds 4-H Club (Shelby County): Provide landscaping at Shelby County 4-H Center
Shelby Showstoppers 4-H Club (Shelby County): Plant trees and a pollinator garden at Shelby County fairgrounds
Silver Spurs 4-H Club (Shelby County): Build new gates for goat barn at Shelby County fairgrounds
Town & Country 4-H'ers (Wabash County): Improve horse arena and flower beds at Mabel Courter Youth Center in Mt. Carmel
Nashville Eager Beavers 4-H Club (Washington County): Create barn quilts at Washington County fairgrounds livestock barns
Grayville Go-Getters 4-H Club (White County): Fostering multi-generational friendships: Install elevated raised beds at Meadowood Nursing Home
Mad Hatters 4-H Club (White County): Plant trees at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi

Projects may be delayed or subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Farm Credit Illinois Names 2020 Agriculture Scholars

Thirty high school seniors were awarded $2,000 Farm Credit Illinois agriculture scholarships to pursue agriculture-related majors and careers.


This is the 17th year of the Farm Credit agriculture scholarship program which has awarded a total of $516,000 to 387 students since 2004 - $60,000 was awarded this year. 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.


You can see the complete list of winners at:




Coronavirus Even Impacting The Weather...Forecasts

As we all know, the coronavirus pandemic has seemingly effected all aspects of our lives, but did you know it's even effecting how meteorologists predict the weather?  


Farm Broadcaster Jared White has more...





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 3/30/20 - 4/3/20

On The Show next week....


3/30 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Matt Bennett – Bennett Consulting &


3/30 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Rich Guebert – President of IL Farm Bureau


3/31 am
David Powell – Agronomy Services MGR w/ Growmark


3/31 noon
Don Schaefer – Ex VP of Midwest Truckers Association


4/1 am
Mark Gebhards – Dir of Government Affairs @ IL Farm Bureau


4/1 noon
Mellisa McMillan – Christian Co Farm Bureau (Ag Day)


4/2 am
Doug Gucker – DeWitt, Macon, Piatt U of I Extension


4/2 noon
Kevin Johnson – Dir of Govt & Industry Relations @ IFCA 


4/3 am
Rachel Berry – CEO of IL Hemp Association


4/3 noon
Nathan Rogers – Christian Co FS (Ag Day)






Agriculture Deemed "Essential" by Governor Pritzker During "Shelter in Place" Executive Order



Statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr.


Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker on Friday, March 20, announced an Order from the Illinois Department of Public Health for all individuals to shelter in their place of residence except for essential functions. The order has been issued in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus.


In anticipation of this possibility, for the past several days the Illinois Farm Bureau has been in communication with Illinois Department of Agriculture acting Director Jerry Costello encouraging production agriculture to be considered an essential industry.


Based on conversations with acting Director Costello, we anticipate production agriculture will be defined as an essential business. This includes ag suppliers, fuel providers, processing and distribution of ag outputs as well as other businesses that support or provide supplies necessary for farmers to operate.


We will be able to put a crop in the ground and care for our animals.


IFB recognizes the importance of limiting the spread of the coronavirus. At the same time, we appreciate the recognition of the vital need for farmers and agri-businesses to operate and be able to provide the food and fuel consumers depend upon.




The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 3/23/20 - 3/27/20

Coming up on The Show next week....


3/23 am
John Lumpe – New CEO of IL Soybean Association


3/23 noon
Brendan Marshall – 2020 IL Soy CCA of The Year


3/24 am
Regala Scavuzzo – IL Farm Bureau Live Local Conference


3/24 noon
Jamie Walter – Whiskey Acres Distilling


3/25 am
John McGuillicudy – Independent Agronomist  &
Dawn Odenthall – Dir of Sales @ Conservis


3/25 noon
LIVE @ Macon County Farm Bureau


3/26 am
Colleen Weir – Owner of Creekstone Kettle Works in Raymond


3/26 noon
Mike Lewis – U of Kentucky on Hemp (Part 1)


3/27 am
Janie Maxwell – Dir of IL Farmers' Market Association


3/27 noon
Mike Lewis – U of Kentucky on Hemp (Part 2)





ALAH Celebrate Agriculture Breakfast Canceled

An annual fundraiser set for this weekend in the southern Piatt County area has been canceled.


The ALAH FFA Alumni Association's "Celebrate Agriculture Breakfast" scheduled for Saturday in Atwood will not be held.  Association President, Jim Fleming, says the host facility closed it's building.



The breakfast is one of several fundraisers used to fund scholarships for present or past FFA students in the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond district.  Fleming says the cancellation is disappointing, but the scholarships will go on.



In fact, ALAH FFA Alumni scholarship applications are currently available.  Applications are due by March 27th, and can be acquired by contacting the ALAH school guidance counselor via email, or by calling Jim Fleming at 217-791-1026.




The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 3/16/20 - 3/20/20

Next week on The Show....


3/16 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Matt Bennett – Bennett Consulting &

3/16 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Kris Ehler – Champaign County Farmer & CCA

3/17 am
Sara Wyant – Founder of Agri-Pulse

3/17 noon
Drew & Adrian DeSutter – Henry Co Farmers on Mental Health

3/18 am
Greg Tylka – Nematologst @ IA St. & SCN Coalition

3/18 noon
LIVE @ Macon County Farm Bureau

3/19 am
Byron Wittenburg & Rex Hess - Epivara

3/19 noon
Brendan Marshall – 2020 IL Soy CCA of The Year

3/20 am
Rick Diericks – Henry Co Farmer & 2019 Asgrow IL Yield Winner

3/20 noon
Mark Moran – John Deere Tech Innovation Center Director








The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 3/9/20 - 3/13/20

Next week on The Show....


3/9 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Chase Brown – Macon Co Farmer & Board Of Governor's w/ IL Beef


3/9 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Mellisa McMillan – MGR @ Christian Co Farm Bureau


3/10 am
Ronnie Chacon & Shailendra Singh - U of I Students @ Dudley Smith


3/10 noon
Jennifer Woodyard – U of I Extension Watershed Outreach Associate 


3/11 am
Laura Frerichs – Dir of U of I Research Park & USDA Ag USA


3/11 noon
LIVE @ DeWitt County Farm Bureau


3/12 am
Lowell Gentry – U of I Researcher On Cover Crops


3/12 noon
Josie Rudolphi – Ag Mental Health Summit Recap 


3/13 am
Amy Rademacher – Carle Hospital On Ag Mental Health & Safety


3/13 noon
Emily Bruner – Midwest Science Director W/ American Farmland Trust





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 3/2/20 - 3/6/20

Next week on The Show....


3/2 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Rich Guebert Jr. – President of IL Farm Bureau


3/2 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Mark Schluesener – USDA NASS Chief IL Statistician


3/3 am
Myron Kirby, Shelley Finfrock, & Natasha Bacon – DeWitt SWCD Meeting


3/3 noon
Adam Nielsen – IL Farm Bureau National Policy Director


3/4 am
Colleen Callahan – Director of IL Dept. of Natural Resources


3/4 noon
Doug Peters – Macon, Dewitt, Piatt NRCS


3/5 am
Nick Anderson – IL Livestock Development Group


3/5 noon
TJ Shambaugh – President of Piatt Co Farm Bureau  &
Terri Moore – American Farm Bureau Federation


3/6 am
Dr. Shalamar Armstrong – Purdue University on Cover Crop Trials


3/6 noon
Travis Meteer – U of I Ext Beef Specialist






The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 2/24/20 - 2/28/20

Next week on The Show....


It's FFA Week!  We will have an expanded Noon Show all week on both WHOW & WTIM with live interviews from FFA chapters across the area!  


Also - the Morning Show next week will feature a LOT of important information shared at our recent WHOW/Peterson Insurance Services Commodity Outlook held in Clinton this week.



2/24 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Peterson Ins. & WHOW Commodity Outlook Meeting (Part 1)


2/24 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Blue Ridge FFA  (12:20-12:35p)

Monticello FFA (12:40-1p)


2/25 am
Peterson Ins. & WHOW Commodity Outlook Meeting (Part 2)


2/25 noon
Tri-Valley FFA (12:20-12:35p)

Mt. Pulaski FFA (12:40-1p)


2/26 am
Peterson Ins. & WHOW Commodity Outlook Meeting (Part 3)


2/26 noon
Sangamon Valley FFA (12:20-12:35p)

Heyworth FFA (12:40-1p)


2/27 am
Peterson Ins. & WHOW Commodity Outlook Meeting (Part 4)


2/27 noon
Clinton FFA (12:20-12:35p)

Olympia FFA (12:40-1p)


2/28 am
Peterson Ins. & WHOW Commodity Outlook Meeting (Part 5)


2/28 noon
Lincoln FFA (12:20-12:35p)

TBA FFA (12:40-1p)







Peterson Insurance & WHOW Hosting Commodity Outlook Tuesday Night

 A very important date for ag producers is looming, but a meeting Tuesday night in Clinton is set to provide some insight for local producers.  Jared White has more...




Once again, that free outlook meeting takes place Tuesday night at 6:30p at the Richland Education Center in Clinton.


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