MAHOMET, Ill. — Six young farmers and farmer couples from central and southern Illinois were named FreshRoots Directors Cup honorees 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,” said 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,” said Aaron Johnson, FCI president and CEO. “The Directors Cup is another tangible way FCI is Helping the Next Generation of Farm Families Succeed.”
Profiles of each Directors Cup honoree can be found at www.farmcreditIL.com/freshroots.
The following beginning farmers were selected as 2020 Directors Cup honorees: