Local Farm Broadcaster Jared White Traveling Central Illinois Recording Combine Reports

Local farm broadcaster Jared White is traveling Central Illinois recording his popular Combine Reports.  He's riding with local farmers in their combine, recording interviews on how this year's growing season went, and how harvest is progressing.




















Jared is riding in a 2019 Chevy Silverado provided by Baum Chevrolet Buick in Clinton.  The Silverado is the Official Truck of this fall's Combine Reports.




















The 2019 Chevy Silverado has gotten Jared into fields to visit with Central Illinois farmers in the midst of harvest.



















Its solid body style still provides Jared with a smooth ride, even among the corn stalks!




















Whether the field is near an oil derrick or a township road, Jared rides in comfort in the 2019 Chevy Silverado provided by Baum Chevrolet Buick in Clinton!  The Silverado is the Official Truck of this year's's Combine Reports!

Special Article: Perception of the Illinois State Fair from a City Girl

Posted September 17, 2018


Rebecca Wiggins, a 16-year-old writer from Taylorvillle, attended the Illinois State Fair last month.  She provided this article on her perception of the Fair from a city girl's perspective.


Here is Rebecca's article:


Attending the State Fair has always been an entertaining and enjoyable experience as a long-time resident of central Illinois. As I have grown I've discovered that there is much more to explore than just unique food combinations and thrill-inducing rides. This past week I have had the opportunity to venture through the fairgrounds learning more about agriculture and what makes this industry vital to Illinois.


Living in downtown Taylorville for the majority of my life, I did not have much experience when it came to farming, or even realizing how valuable the agricultural industries are to our area. I knew of agriculture and farming from observing our corn and beans growing throughout the summer along Route 48, or watching the grain trucks and tractors pull into the elevator on Route 29. I simply did not realize the impact that agriculture nor those corn and beans had on our global economy.


On Thursday, August eighth, I was able to attend the Butter Cow unveiling in the Dairy Building on the grounds of the fair. The reveal was preceded by a press conference, which taught me a bit more about the origins of the creation, as well as why it is such a long-time and noteworthy fair attraction each year. I learned that Illinois has over six hundred dairy farms that generate thousands of jobs. The Butter Cow has been a crowd favorite for nearly a hundred years, bringing the dairy industry to the forefront and allowing a public display of thanks to our farmers.

In a quest for even more knowledge, I looked to my friends, the Future Farmers of America (FFA), who brought a new attribute to learning, enthusiasm. I decided to hop onto the Ag Tour cart, which was being pulled by a tractor, and my journey began. The tour was extremely informational, traveling across the fairgrounds explaining several aspects of farming along the way. From dairy farming, to horse racing, to the traditional grain industry, agriculture was affirmed as the heart of the Illinois economy. The guides providing the narrative made the tour interesting, telling jokes and asking many questions to ensure we were entertained as we deepened our knowledge. I learned that successful farmers must be self-motivated and hard-working, giving me a newfound respect for them. I also discovered, after our tractor had a minor issue, that a golf cart can pull a tractor and a cart full of people!

The final stop of my pursuit to learn more about the industry was Conservation World, which was filled with educational kiosks focusing on topics across the spectrum from fishing to natural resources. Children were able to engage in fishing clinics and study about Illinois sport and native species, even participating in a hands-on experience which allowed them to touch the fish. In the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Education Tent, we were gifted with a pack of seeds to plant to start a pollinator garden, and learned more about the significance of natural pollinators. IDNR Forest Resources specialists were more than happy to assist in answering any questions I had about keeping our wildlife protected, and also gave me additional information on this topic.

The Illinois State Fair was an exceptional and enjoyable experience! I learned more than I ever could've anticipated in this fun and adventurous setting. I now have a profound level of appreciation for agriculture and the world around me thanks to the farmers of Illinois. Broadcasts Live From Ag Day at Illinois State Fair August 14 broadcast live from Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday, August 14th.  The broadcast featured interviews with many commodity and ag leaders across the state, to spotlight the importance of agriculture as the state's largest industry.  Current issues facing agriculture were also discussed with the guests.


Here are pictures of a couple of the many guests we interviewed:



Local farm broadcaster Jared White (left) interviewing Aaron Carlson with the Illinois Corn Growers Association.



Jared (right) interviewing Jim Martin, a board member with the Illinois Soybean Association.


Here is what the 40-minute broadcast sounded like:



Davis Receives Friend Of Farm Credit Award: AgriBank District Farm Credit Council Honors Illinois Congressman During Annual Gathering in Washington, D.C.

Pictured above from L to R: Rod Stoll, Farm Credit Illinois vice president of marketplace engagement; Jessica Barkley; Bradley Barkley, Macoupin County farmer-veteran; Karen Neff, Farm Credit Illinois board member and St. Clair County farmer; Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois; Steve Thursby, Macoupin County farmer-veteran; Brandi Thursby

Farm Credit Illinois farmer-veteran members were present Wednesday as the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council (ADFCC) conferred its 2018 Friend of Farm Credit Award to U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois, who has served on the House Agriculture Committee since coming to Congress in 2013 and currently serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research.

Davis received the award for his important work on behalf of rural communities, agriculture, and the Farm Credit System. ADFCC members are in Washington to meet with members of Congress about issues important to farmers and ranchers in AgriBank’s Midwestern District. The current deliberations on the Farm Bill are foremost on their agenda. 

“The leadership Congressman Davis provides through his service on the House Agriculture Committee is critical to the well-being of our rural communities and our agricultural producers across the country,” said Karen Neff, a grain and livestock farmer from near Belleville, Ill.; a board member of Farm Credit Illinois; and ADFCC member. “We especially appreciate Congressman Davis’s efforts to ensure the crop insurance program remains an effective risk management tool to help producers deal with the uncertainties of weather and the markets. In addition to the counter-cyclical programs that are so important to producers, crop insurance is a vital component of ensuring an adequate safety net. Through his leadership on the House Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Davis ensured the crop insurance provisions remained strong in the House version of the Farm Bill.”

“It’s always an honor to be called a friend of farmers because they truly are some of the hardest working people I know,” Davis said. “What our farmers do is crucial to our economy and feeding the world. I’m proud to support their hard work in Congress by fighting to pass another Farm Bill that protects crop insurance and other policies critical to agriculture. I appreciate the Farm Credit Council and members, like Karen Neff, who continue to be a strong voice for farmers throughout Illinois.”

Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. Farm Credit has been fulfilling its mission of helping rural America grow and thrive for more than a century by providing farmers with the capital they need to make their businesses successful and by financing vital infrastructure and communication services. For more information about Farm Credit, please visit

The AgriBank District Farm Credit Council represents Farm Credit farmers and ranchers in a 15-state area from Wyoming to Ohio and Minnesota to Arkansas and including Illinois. About half the nation’s cropland is located within the AgriBank District.

Hawk, Reetz, & Strohl Join Farm Credit Team

Farm Credit Illinois recently three new employees throughout its 60-county territory – Rachel Hawk, of Bloomington, Dylan Reetz, of Cissna Park, and Jon Strohl, of Sigel.

Rachel Hawk

Rachel Hawk

Hawk started June 5 as a human resources generalist in the human resource department based at the financial cooperative’s headquarters in Mahomet. She was raised on her family’s grain farm and graduated from Mercer County High School before receiving her bachelor’s degree in agricultural and consumer economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the Farm Credit team, Hawk worked for two years as a human resources intern at Farm Credit Illinois in Mahomet and as a development intern for two months at American Farmland Trust in Washington, DC. She is an active member of the Illinois Farm Bureau Yong Leaders and Illinois FFA Alumni Association. Hawk is the daughter of Mark and Shelly Hawk of Aledo.

Dylan Reetz

Dylan Reetz

Reetz began May 21 as a sales service specialist at the Watseka regional office. The Watseka office serves farm families and rural landowners in Iroquois and northern Ford Counties. He was raised on his family’s Iroquois County grain farm and graduated from Cissna Park High School before receiving his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and consumer economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the Farm Credit team, Reetz worked as a summer intern for CoBank based in St. Louis and a Farm Credit Illinois intern based out of the cooperative headquarters in Mahomet for two years. He is the son of Bob and Betty Reetz of Cissna Park.

Jon Strohl

Jon Strohl

Strohl started May 21 as an assistant vice president of crop insurance at the Effingham regional office.  The Effingham office serves farm families and rural landowners in Clay, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion and Shelby Counties. He was raised on his family’s Shelby County grain and livestock farm and graduated from Neoga High School before receiving his associate’s degree in social science from Lake Land College. Prior to joining the Farm Credit team, Strohl worked for more than four years as a sales consultant at Crop Production Services in Neoga. Strohl resides in Sigel with his wife Elissa with their three children – Liam, Griffin, and Ada.

Farm Credit Mt. Vernon Supports County Extensions

The Farm Credit Illinois Mt. Vernon regional office recently awarded $500 to the Jefferson County University of Illinois Extension and $725 to the White County University of Illinois Extension.

In 2017, FCI invested more than $270,000 in youth, community, and ag literacy initiatives throughout its 60-county territory. The Mt. Vernon regional office annually supports Extension initiatives which further agricultural and youth development in rural communities.


Pictured above from L to R: Craig Koors (FCI), Amy McCarty (White County Extension program coordinator), Donnie Seitz (White County livestock committee member)

The funds gifted to White County will provide new gutters for the 4-H Livestock Barn on the fairgrounds, increasing the lifespan of the building and allowing 4-H members to continue showing annually.

Pictured above from L to R: Caitlyn Wagner, Lilyanne Eastham, Karli Verheyen (FCI)


King Retires From Farm Credit After 20 Years

Sue King, of Sheldon, is retiring from Farm Credit Illinois June 29, after 20 years providing support to generations of farm families in the Watseka area. King is a sales and service specialist based at the Watseka regional office serving Iroquois and northern Ford Counties.

King was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Kentland, Ind. Before joining the workforce, she received a business certificate from Indiana Business College. King and her husband Steve have two children – Jodie (Bryan) Havens and Darrin (Amanda) – and two grandchildren – Evan and Leah. The Farm Credit Illinois team is grateful for King’s leadership and service to farm families and rural communities. 

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