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Farm Credit System donates $100K in honor of 100 years

Published: Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 3:55 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 4:59 p.m. CDT

NORMAL – A $100,000 gift will benefit nearly 118 groups dedicated to the future of Illinois agriculture and rural communities.

To capstone the 100-year anniversary of the Farm Credit System, the 1st Farm Credit Services Board of Directions made the donation to groups making a difference in their communities.  

“Giving back to the communities that have made the past 100 years possible for us was an important part of our celebration,” said Gary J. Ash, president/CEO of 1st Farm Credit Services. “We believe that every investment we can make into the future is critical to our current and future generation of clients and those committed to agriculture and rural Illinois.”

The Farm Credit System celebrated its 100-year anniversary on July 17. The system supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. 1st Farm Credit Services is one of 78 associations in the system.

1st Farm Credit Services team members worked together to select groups in their communities to receive the gifts.

Each selected organization contributes to the future of Illinois agriculture and rural America in its own unique way, from helping children who will become the next generation of farmers, to making sure people have access to nutritious meals.

The groups in the area receiving donations from the $100,000 include:

• Ag in the Classroom- Bureau County

• American Red Cross of Central Illinois

• Annawan FFA

• Bureau County 4-H

• Bureau Valley FFA

• Henry-Stark County 4-H

• LaMoille FFA

• LaSalle County 4-H Fair

• Princeton FFA

1st Farm Credit Services supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services today and tomorrow. The association serves 42 counties in the northern half of Illinois, through its 16 local offices, with agricultural loans, risk management products and various services such as crop insurance, loan and lease options, as well as agricultural real estate appraisals. It is a proud member of the nationwide Farm Credit System, which celebrates its 100-year commitment to rural communities and agriculture in 2016.

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