The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 7/27/20 - 8/7/20

Some time off coming up, so here's the schedule for the next two weeks on The Show....J


7/27 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Cassidy Delorto Blackwell – Farmer Training Manager @ Land Connection


7/27 noon   (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Ken Franklin – Christian County Farmer


7/28 am
Jan Wenke – 4H Program Coorinator @ Piatt County Extension


7/28 noon
Tadg Davis – Technical Sales Manager @ The Mosaic Company


7/29 am
Dave Steward – DeWitt County Farmer


7/29 noon
Grace Arnold – DeWitt County 4Her  &
Joey Wenke – Piatt County 4Her


7/30 am
Tanner Mickey – Christian County 4Her


7/30 noon
Charles Baron – Co-Founder of Farmers Business Network


7/31 am
Jason Haegle – Agronomist @ Winfield United


7/31 noon
Rob Shafer – McLean County Farmer & American Soybean Assoc. Board Member 


8/3 am
Kevin Nelson – Lasalle County Agronomist


8/3 noon
Lucas Roney – Moultrie County Farmer


8/4 am
Derek Martin – Logan County Farmer


8/4 noon
Ethan Aughenbaugh – Dewitt County 4Her  &
Morgan Drozs – DeWitt County 4Her


8/5 am
Natalie Rhoades – DeWitt County 4Her  &
Taylor Crouch – Macon County 4Her


8/5 noon
Bryan Sharp – Christian County Farmer


8/6 am
Sara Cotterill – CEO of Lineage Hemp


8/6 noon
Lizzie Schafer – Christian County 4Her


8/7 am
Matthew Horsman – Shelby County 4Her


8/7 noon
Nick Seiter – Field Crop Entomologist @ U of I 



The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 7/20/20 - 7/24/20

Next week on The Show....


7/20 am   (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Dave Bishop – Logan County Farmer & IL Stewardship Resilience Fund 


7/20 noon   (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Karl Setzer – Agrivisor on Commodity Markets


7/21 am
Jennifer Tirey – Executive Director @ IL Pork Producers


7/21 noon
Jim Isermann – Soil Health Partnership Cover Crop Study


7/22 am
Nick Seiter – Field Crop Entomologist @ U of I 


7/22 noon
Tim Stock & Jennifer Fink – Macon County Farm Bureau


7/23 am
Brian Weihmer – Technical Agronomist @ LG Seeds


7/23 noon
Joe Schuele – VP of Communications @ US Meat Export Federation


7/24 am
Nathan Kleczewski – U of I Extension Specialist in Field Crop Pathology


7/24 noon
Terry Ferguson – DeWitt County Farmer & Fair Board Member 






Farm Credit and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) are sponsoring the 2021 Ag Innovation Challenge – a national competition for food and agriculture entrepreneurs.


The Challenge supports startup companies dedicated to creating innovative solutions that address the needs of America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities.


This year, Farm Credit and AFBF are looking to highlight entrepreneurs addressing both traditional challenges farmers face on their operation – such as access to labor, optimizing yield and reducing operating costs – as well as entrepreneurs addressing new challenges facing farmers and rural communities due to COVID-19.


The Challenge application is open through July 31, and the top ten businesses will compete live for a total of $145,000 in startup funds at the 2021 AFBF Annual Convention in San Diego, Jan. 8-10, 2021.


Visit to learn more and apply.


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Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. As a nationwide network of member-owned cooperatives, each of the 72 independent financial institutions serve the U.S. farmers and ranchers, farmer-owned cooperatives and other agribusinesses, rural homebuyers, and rural infrastructure across all 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more than 100 years, Farm Credit has fulfilled its mission through challenging and prosperous times.



The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 7/13/20 - 7/17/20

Next week on The Show....


7/13 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Todd Hubbs – Ag Economist @  U of I


7/13 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Lindsey Burden – 4H Youth Development Educator @ Dewitt, Macon, Piatt Extension


7/14 am
Jason Lay – McLean County Farmer


7/14 noon
Liz Moran Stelk – IL Stewardship Alliance Resilience Fund 


7/15 am
Jennifer Nelson – Horticulturist & “Grounded & Growing” Blog


7/15 noon
Allison Reinecke – DeWitt County Farm Bureau


7/16 am
Kortney Hoerbert – Little Brown Cow Dairy in Delavan


7/16 noon
Kyle Reed – Hilltop Community Gardens in Mt Pulaski


7/17 am
Kevin Toohill – DeWitt County Farmer & U of I Student


7/17 noon
Bob Lawless – Golden Harvest Agronomist





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 7/6/20 - 7/10/20


On The Show next week...


7/6 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Eric Snodgrass – Principal Atmospheric Scientist @ Nutrien Ag


7/6 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Adam Brown – Macon Co Farmer & USDA Advisory Committee


7/7 am
Ryan Utterback – DeWitt County Farmer


7/7 noon
Matt Jungmann – National Events Manager @ Farm Progress


7/8 am
Susan Moore – IAA Foundation Director


7/8 noon
Eric Heeft – Tazewell County Farmer


7/9 am
Pat Toohill – McLean/DeWitt County Farmer


7/9 noon
Doug Schroeder – Champaign County Farmer & Chair of IL Soybean Association Board


7/10 am
Raghela Scavuzzo – IL Farm Bureau Food System Development


7/10 noon
John Anderson – U of Arkansas &  CAST Covid Impact Study




The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 6/29/20 - 7/3/20

Next week on The Show...


6/29 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Monica Nyman – St. Louis Dairy Council On June Dairy Month


6/29 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
William Graff – IL Ex. Dir. For USDA Farm Service Agency


6/30 am
Kevin Ross – President of NCGA & Iowa Farmer


6/30 noon
Nathan Wentworth – Macon County Farmer


7/1 am
Rick Eastham – Edgar County Farmer


7/1 noon
Lance Tarochione – Agronomist w/ Dekalb & Asgrow


7/2 am
Nathan Sasse – Sasse's Apiary in Logan County 


7/2 noon
Robert Klemm – DeWitt County Farmer & IL Farm Bureau Board 


7/3 am
Daniel Doyle – Lumpkin Family Foundation on Chicago Region Food System Fund 


7/3 noon
Mike Warner – Wyffels DSM in Christian & Shelby County 





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 6/22/20 - 6/26/20

On The Show next week...

6/22 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Lauren Lurkins – Director of Environmental Policy @ IL Farm Bureau


6/22 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Andrew Meister – Chair of Market On The Hill in Mt Pulaski


6/23 am
David Brix – Macon County Farmer


6/23 noon
Joe Camp – Manager @ Agrivisior


6/24 am
Doug Schroeder – Champaign County Farmer & Chair of IL Soybean Association Board


6/24 noon
Mellisa McMillan – Manager @ Christian County Farm Bureau


6/25 am
Laura Gentry – Director Of Water Quality Research @ IL Corn Growers Association


6/25 noon
Matt Hughes – McLean County Farmer


6/26 am
Kris Ehlers – Champaign County Farmer & CCA


6/26 noon
Heath Houck – Montgomery County Farmer




New Grocery Store Launches In Mt. Pulaski

Mt. Pulaski, IL -- After a successful year of planning and fundraising, the Market on the Hill, a new community-owned grocery store in Mt. Pulaski will open its doors for business on Monday, June 22nd on the corner of S. Layafette St. on the town square. A grand opening celebration will follow on Friday, June 26th. To better serve Logan County residents amidst the pandemic, all shoppers will receive 20% off fresh fruits and vegetables, guaranteed through September.

The Market on the Hill is a community-owned grocery store owned by 125 residents of Logan County. Store hours are 9am-7pm Monday- Saturday and 10-4pm on Sunday. The store is open to all, and shoppers need not be owners to take advantage of the store's many offerings. The store will feature a deli with high quality meats and cheeses and will carry a number of staple goods, including pantry items and fresh produce, with special efforts to source products directly from surrounding farms. Upon opening, shoppers can expect fresh greens and seasonal produce from Hilltop Community Gardens in Mt. Pulaski, honey from Sasse's apiaries in Chestnut, and beef from Tyson's Farm in Chestnut, with more local farm products to be added regularly.

"It was important to us to make sure the store not only helped feed our community, but serve as an economic driver as well. Every dollar that the store spends purchasing local products is a dollar that gets reinvested with area farmers who will reinvest it with other local businesses. There is an economic multiplier effect going on that will help our store do double the good—growing both the health and wealth of southern Logan county," says Andy Meister, Board President.

To further support the well-being of the community, the Market on the Hill will offer 20% off all locally-grown fresh produce, guaranteed through September.. The discount is made possible through a partnership with the Mt. Pulaski Economic Development Board and will make fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for shoppers of all income levels at a time when it is needed most.

"The Covid 19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity across the state, and our community feels it too," says Kim Martin, head of the Health Initiative Committee for the Market on the Hill board. "Just getting the store open will provide southern Logan County with greater food access, but we wanted to go a step further and help people afford more of the fresh, wholesome food that is often perceived as too expensive. We're doing what we can to make local produce accessible to everyone who needs it."

Opening week will consist of a "soft open" from Monday, June 22nd through Friday, June 26th at which time customers can shop the store as normal following state health guidelines. The soft open will provide staff the opportunity to work through any initial hiccups in preparation for the grand opening on Friday, June 26th at 6:00pm. The grand opening will feature a ribbon cutting with dignitaries and legislators and free light refreshments provided by Mike Richner Catering in partnership with John Wyss of Primo Grills. Local ingredients will be provided by Hilltop Community Gardens and Tyson's Farm. Outdoor seating will be available and state guidelines for social-distancing will be observed.

For more information about the Market on the Hill and opening week activities visit




Farm Credit Illinois Issues $28 Million In Cash Patronage Payments to 8,000 Borrowers

Nearly 8,000 Farm Credit Illinois borrowers receive their share of a $28 million cash patronage distribution this week.


This is FCI’s second consecutive patronage payment and represents 37.1% of the Association’s 2019 net earnings. In January, FCI’s Board of Directors declared a $28 million distribution after reviewing 2019 year-end financials and projecting capital and business needs for the coming year.

In true cooperative spirit and demonstrating Member Economic Participation – a guiding principle of all cooperative businesses – patronage is distributed equitably based on the business value each borrower contributed to the cooperative in 2019.


All checks arrive the week of June 15-19 by mail. Cash patronage is a tribute to generations of farm family cooperative members. Together, FCI and farm families celebrate the legacy of disciplined management from borrowers and cooperative managers alike, which allows FCI to deliver additional cooperative value.


“As a cooperative diligently managing its capital, FCI is well-positioned to provide $28 million of additional value to our farm family and agribusiness borrowers,” says Eric Mosbey, FCI Board Chair. “Cash patronage is a tangible and significant benefit of our cooperative structure.”


“Especially in these volatile economic times, unbudgeted revenue is welcomed by farm families,” says Aaron Johnson, FCI President and CEO. “The cooperative demonstrates its mission of Helping Farm Families Succeed through cash patronage.”


The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 6/15/20 - 6/19/20

Next week on The Show...


6/15 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Lexi Mueller – New IL FFA President & USDA's Ag USA – Protect Pollinators


6/15 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Doug Harlan – County Director @ U of I Extension Dewitt, Macon, & Piatt


6/16 am
Molly Schempp – New IL FFA Vice President & Emma Kuhns – IL FFA Treasurer


6/16 noon
Kris Ehlers – Champaign County Farmer & Certified Crop Advisor


6/17 am
Margaret Vaessen – New IL FFA Reporter & Jordi Oliver – New IL FFA Secretary


6/17 noon
Jennifer Fink – Director of Info & Ag Literacy Coordinator & Tim Stock – Ex. VP @ Macon CFB


6/18 am
Chase Brown – Macon County Farmer & IL Beef Board of Governors


6/18 noon
Grant Noland – Christian County Farmer


6/19 am
Emerson Nafziger – Professor Emeritus @ U of I


6/19 noon
Sara Marten – 4H Youth Educator @ U of I Ext Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin & Jersey





EPA Issues Dicamba Cancellation Order; IFB President Issues Statement


The Environmental Protection Agency responded to last week's Ninth Circuit ruling with this cancellation order....



Illinois Farm Bureau President, Richard Guebert, Jr., issued the following statement...


“Illinois Farm Bureau has worked quickly to engage in discussions with stakeholders since the Ninth Circuit ruling vacating the registrations of three dicamba herbicides was announced last week.. On June 5, IFB submitted a letter to USEPA expressing concern and urging the agency to consider remedies to avoid sudden disruption during the 2020 growing season. 


“The USEPA cancellation order outlines limited circumstances under which existing stocks of the three affected dicamba products can be used for a limited time. We appreciate the guidance from USEPA to allow our members to use the product without further disruption for the 2020 soybean crop. As the largest soybean producing state in the nation, Illinois farmers have a considerable financial investment in the technology and are committed to its responsible use..


“This announcement is a result of a groundswell of activity and engagement within our organization and across the country. Illinois Farm Bureau looks forward to working with Illinois Department of Agriculture Acting Director Jerry Costello on the implementation aspects of this order for Illinois farmers.”






WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12), John Shimkus (IL-15), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Rodney Davis (IL-13), and Darin LaHood (IL-18) authored a letter today to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging an appeal of the recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court that vacated three registrations of dicamba and request a Section 18 Emergency Use Authorization to provide guidance for producers. This decision comes at a time when soybean farmers across Illinois have already begun applying dicamba to their crop in order to achieve maximum yield potential.


"This decision by the Ninth Circuit Court could not come at a worse possible time for soybean farmers in Illinois," said Republican members of the Illinois Congressional delegation. "Dicamba is a vital part of over-the-top (OTT) application plans for soybean farmers across the Midwest, and especially in Illinois. This ruling only causes more uncertainty for producers who are trying to rebound from a historically tough 2019 season while ensuring planting takes place despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We urge Administrator Wheeler to appeal this decision immediately and request a stay of the court order to ensure farmers can finish their soybean planting season without having to worry about whether or not their crop will make it to harvest."



Text of the letter sent to Administrator Wheeler:


The Honorable Andrew Wheeler

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20460

Sent via electronic mail


Administrator Wheeler:


We write to you regarding the June 3, 2020 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to immediately vacate the registration of three dicamba products (Xtendimax, Engenia, and FeXapan) during the height of the application season. Your prompt attention to this matter is appreciated.


Illinois is the largest soybean producing state in the nation, and thousands of farmers use dicamba to ensure their crop reaches its maximum yield potential. This ruling comes at the height of the dicamba application season and has created chaos amongst farmers and manufacturers. The Court has not considered the consequences of their decision to immediately prohibit the use of dicamba, including the millions of dollars spent by soybean farmers on this product.


Many producers across Illinois made specific plans to apply dicamba to protect their soybeans from post-emergent weeds, such as water hemp. Manufacturers produced dicamba to fit the needs of producers and passed the product down the supply chain to retailers that stocked their inventory for farmers to purchase. Retailers are facing overstocked warehouses of an unusable product and will likely not have sufficient supplies of alternative product to ensure farmers have the ability to protect their crop.


We urge you to immediately appeal this federal court ruling and request a stay of the court order. If a stay is placed on the decision, producers will be able to continue to apply their remaining stocks of dicamba and not have to alter their plans to protect their soybean crop. Additionally, we request that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issue an existing stocks order to provide appropriate guidance to farmers and applicators, including a Section 18 Emergency Use authority for Illinois farmers.


Soybean farmers in Illinois are counting on the EPA to stand with them and ensure that they will be able to continue to use dicamba during the 2020 planting season. The decision by the Court has caused undue chaos for producers already facing adversities due to market volatility and COVID-19. Thank you for your urgent consideration of our request to help assist soybean growers throughout Illinois. If you have any further questions regarding this, or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.




IL Dept of Ag Statement On Dicamba Ruling

On June 3, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling immediately vacating the registrations of Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia. The Ninth Circuit ruled that USEPA’s registrations of those products violated The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).  Pursuant to FIFRA, all pesticides sold, used, or distributed in the United States must be registered with the USEPA. Therefore, effective June 3, 2020, based on the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, Xtendimax, FeXapan, and Engenia cannot be sold, used, or distributed as their registrations have been vacated.


While the Department has the authority to regulate the sale and use of pesticides within the State, it cannot permit any sale or use without a valid FIFRA registration. The Department acknowledges and is sympathetic to the challenges that the Court’s decision will pose to the industry.


The Department has not yet received any guidance from the USEPA, but we will continue to monitor this situation closely. As new information becomes available, the Department will provide updates on its website.


NCGA Statement on Dicamba Ruling

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is disappointed by the 9th Circuit's decision to vacate the Environmental Protection Agency's federal registrations for three dicamba products, Xtendimax, FeXapan, and Engenia. Farmers rely on EPA's science-based process for developing appropriate and safe guidelines for the use of crop protection products.


NCGA urges the EPA to immediately appeal this ruling and obtain a stay of this overreaching court order. This decision to remove a weed control option, especially in the middle of the season, adds yet another challenge to an already difficult time and sets a concerning precedent.


Farmers have invested in previously allowed dicamba products, EPA should offer clarifying guidance and allow the use of existing stocks. NCGA is working closely with its partners and the EPA to understand the full ramifications of this decision and what options lie ahead for the future of the product.


The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 6/8/20 - 6/12/20

Next week on The Show....

6/8 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Wes Durbin – Shelby Co Farmer & Farm Credit Illinois Board Member 


6/8 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Rich Guebert – IL Farm Bureau President


6/9 am
Lisa Diaz – Director of Illinois 4-H


6/9 noon
Evan Marr – Morgan County Farmer & Farm Credit Illinois Directors Cup Winner


6/10 am
Mike Nelson – Ford County Farmer & Farm Credit Illinois Directors Cup Winner


6/10 noon
Allison Reinecke – Manager @ DeWitt County Farm Bureau


6/11 am
Kelly Estes – Illinois State Ag Pest Survey Coordinator


6/11 noon
Andy Schumacher – Cumberland County Farmer & Farm Credit Illinois Directors Cup


6/12 am
Alex Head – Macon County Farmer & Farm Credit Illinois Directors Cup Winner


6/12 noon
Rodney Weinzierl – Executive Director of IL Corn Growers Association





Bayer Issues Statement Following Court Ruling Against Dicamba Herbicides

A U.S. appeals court this week vacated the registration of three dicamba herbicides, including Bayer’s XtendiMax. NAFB's Micheal Clements reports…





Farm Bureau Comments on Court Decision Overturning Dicamba Registrations

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the registrations of three dicamba-based herbicides, one each from BASF, Corteva, and Bayer. Allison Crittenden is director of Congressional Relations with the American Farm Bureau, who says these kinds of court decisions often hit farmers at the worst possible times…



The court says the Environmental Protection Agency substantially understated or failed to consider the “social and economic cost of approving the registration.” Bayer says they strongly disagree with the decision and are assessing their options.


ILFB & IFCA Statements On Dicamba Ruling

Two Illinois agriculture organizations have issued statements in regards to this week's federal court ruling on the sale and use of Dicamba herbicide in soybeans....


The Illinois Farm Bureau released the following statement to Regional Radio Thursday afternoon...


"On June 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision that vacated the registrations of three dicamba herbicides – Bayer’s Xtendimax, BASF’s Engenia and Corteva’s FeXapan. The ruling does not appear to address Syngenta’s Tavium.

Illinois Farm Bureau remains in communication with the U.S. EPA, Illinois Department of Agriculture, American Farm Bureau Federation, and the registrants. We will work to minimize any potential sudden disruption to Illinois farmers’ planting and growing season."


In addition, the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association issued the following statement Thursday evening via their web platforms...


"IL Department of Agriculture legal counsel has looked at the US 9th Circuit Court ruling on dicamba, and believes it clearly calls for the stop of use, sale and distribution of all uses of the three products: Xtendimax, Engenia and FeXapan effective immediately.   The Tavium registration is not affected by this ruling.  We are expecting a statement from IDOA very soon but this is the situation in Illinois, and we ask for our members to abide by this determination and help communicate this serious message.  More information will be forthcoming and we will communicate as soon as we have more details from IDA or US EPA on the management of product already in the supply chain. "


USDA Director Sonny Perdue Thursday called for the courts to allow farmers to go ahead and use dicamba they have purchased for this growing season.


It's expected that Bayer, and others named in the suit, will attempt to appeal the ruling.




The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 6/1/20 - 6/5/20

Next week on The Show....


6/1 am   (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
U.S. Rep Mike Bost – IL 12th Congressional District


6/1/ noon   (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Craig Paulek – Christian County Farmer & Christian County Fair Board Member 


6/2 am
Karl Probst – Coles County Farmer


6/2 noon
Mindy Bunselmeyer – Executive Director @ IL FFA Center


6/3 am
Marvin Finfrock III – DeWitt County Farmer


6/3 noon
Nate Prater – Golden Harvest Agronomist


6/4 am
Kris Reynolds – Midwest Director @ American Farmland Trust (Part 1)


6/4 noon
Andrew Newberg – DeWitt County Farmer


6/5 am
Kris Reynolds – Midwest Director @ American Farmland Trust (Part 2)


6/5 noon
Dennis Bork – Macon County Farmer




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. 




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