Farm Credit Awards $100,000 Centennial Gift: Attendees ‘Designate the Dollars’ to Favorite Illinois Agriculture Organization

Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation Director; Kevin Daugherty, IAITC Education Director; Dr. Bob Aherin, Illinois AgrAbility Director; Don Norton, Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation President & CEO; Susan Wall, Illinois Agri-Women President; Tom Tracy, Farm Credit Illinois CEO; Gary Ash, 1st Farm Credit Services CEO; Kade Hill, 2015-2016 Illinois State FFA President; Dr. Rob Rhykerd, Illinois State University Department of Agriculture Chair; Peter Dirks, Southern Illinois University College of Agricultural Sciences Coordinator of Recruitment & Retention; Barry Dickerson, University of Illinois College of ACES Senior Director of Development; Dr. William Bailey, Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology Interim Dean

A $100,000 commemorative contribution to the Illinois agriculture industry was made by Illinois’ two Farm Credit associations at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur. 1st Farm Credit Services and Farm Credit Illinois collectively distributed the special centennial gift among ten different Illinois agriculture groups as they celebrate the 100th year of the Farm Credit System.

Farm Progress Show attendees had the opportunity to “Designate the Dollars” by voting for one of the ten organizations in an electronic survey. The $100,000 investment will be dispersed to the following recipient organizations based on the percentage of votes each group receives:

Illinois 4-H

Illinois Ag-In-The Classroom

Illinois AgrAbility

Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program

Illinois Agri-Women

Illinois FFA

Illinois State University Department of Agriculture

Southern Illinois University College of Agricultural Sciences

University of Illinois College of ACES

Western Illinois University School of Agriculture

“Today’s rural communities are innovating, expanding, and active, and we are evolving to meet their needs, and so are the organizations we are recognizing today,” said Gary J. Ash, President/CEO of 1st Farm Credit Services. “The $100,000 investment in Illinois agriculture helps ensure a bright future while celebrating a prosperous past.”

“The Farm Credit System is committed to supporting organizations, programs, and initiatives dedicated to advancing agriculture – today and tomorrow,” says Tom Tracy, CEO and President of Farm Credit Illinois. “From encouraging the next generation of farmers, to helping educate consumers about the importance of agriculture, Farm Credit and these organizations are dedicated to helping farm families succeed.”