One of the joys of working at 1st Farm Credit Services, according to Vice President Jessica Carolan, is getting to travel to meet with clients.
“No two days are alike. I like to go out to the farms to visit with our clients. You get a better feel for their individual situation when visiting them on the farm, rather than sitting across from them at a desk,” Carolan said.
1st Farm Credit Services, located at 436 S. 54th St., provides farm real estate, rural home, operating and equipment loans, and other financial services including equipment and building leasing; farm appraisals, Farm Cash Management SM and Federal Crop Insurance, and hail insurance.
This year is a special year for 1st Farm Credit Services—they have been in existence for 100 years. It was established in 1916 first as the Federal Land Bank Association.
With its 16 branches, 1st Farm Credit Services serves clients who live and work in the northern 42 counties of Illinois. As the largest agricultural lender in the state, 1st Farm Credit Services operates as a cooperative and is owned by more than 13,000 clients. It is governed by a 14-member board of directors.
They are heavily involved in the community, specifically with organizations that deal with agriculture; including FFA and 4-H. 1st Farm Credit Services values its Chamber membership and is active in the Chamber. In fact, Rural Consumer Vice President Katherine Roskamp is a Chamber Ambassador.
“A Chamber membership exposes us to people we might not know, and there are quite a few members that own rural property who we may do business with. Our membership also gives us an opportunity to network with professionals in the community,” Carolan said.
For more information on how 1st Farm Credit Services, visit them online at www.1stfarmcredit.com or call (217) 222-4000.