Farm Credit Services of Illinois and 1st Farm Credit Services each gave $1 million endowments to support agricultural programs that educate young people, train future agricultural leaders, and support higher education in agriculture. ACES Farmdoc and 4-H are two of the programs that will benefit from the $2 million investment.
“The Farmdoc website is the department's gateway to farmers, lenders, and agribusinesses,” said Paul Ellinger, professor and department head of ACE. “It is an unparalleled source of unbiased, highly relevant information and decision tools used by more than 1 million visitors per year. Financial support is necessary to be innovative and continue to provide easily accessible information and cutting-edge decision tools. We are very grateful for the generous support provided by Farm Credit Services of Illinois and 1st Farm Credit Services.”
Assistant dean and director of 4-H development Denise Legvold said “Many Farm Credit Services and 1st Farm Credit Services employees and clients are actively involved in 4-H or are 4-H alumni. That involvement along with their commitment to financially support 4-H mirrors our goal to develop youth who make a positive difference in the communities in which they live.”
“During times of dwindling state support, this funding is particularly meaningful and important to us as it allows students to get more bang for their buck in the classroom and faculty to do the type of research and outreach that is useful to the Illinois food and agricultural sector,” said Robert Hauser, dean of the College of ACES.