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2020 Photo Contest

Photo Contest Winners

American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services received several entries from around the country. With many pictures to review, judges found it challenging to select the cover photo and each monthly photo for the 2020 Calendar portraying "Agricultural Through Your Lens". 

Grand Prize Cover Photo received:

  • Complimentary Calendar
  • $250 Visa Gift Card

12 monthly prize winners received:

  • Complimentary Calendar
  • $50 Visa Gift Card

2020 Calendar

The 2020 American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services Calendar was released in January 2020. We are excited to share photos depicting agriculture across the United States.

Each month of the calendar features one full size photograph portraying a local farm or ranch, farm animals and commodities produced. Photos were submitted by amateur photographers from across the country for our 5th Annual Photo Contest. 

Winning Photos from the 2020 Calendar Photo Contest

Cover Photo Winner

Tuttle Farms
Harrisburg, IL

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January

Nelson Ranch
Oroville, WA

February

Christan Beyer
Eldorado, Illinois

March

Dala Roberts
Lindsborg, Kansas

April

Olive’s Tree Farm
Willow Spring, North Carolina

May

Ashton Webb
Shawneetown, Illinois

June

Hardesty Farms
Morganfield, Kentucky

July

Cathy Vogl
Henderson, Michigan

August

D-Bar Cattle Co.
Harrisburg, Illinois

September

Dustin Newton Farms
Ridgway, Illinois

October

Lydia Holste
Altamont, Illinois

November

Raigan Cummings
Chapmansboro, Tennessee

December

Matt Boulds
Eldorado, Illinois

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Alan Hoskins – Appointment to the USDA Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2019 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR). The newly appointed members serve terms of up to two years through 2021.

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Smart Uses For Your MFP Money

Farmers who enroll in the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) are expected to start receiving payments in mid-August. While the payments are a blanket rate by county, there’s no blanket suggestion on what farmers should do with those funds. Bankers and business consultants alike agree this must be an individual decision based on your farm’s financial position, debt structure and business strategy.

First, it’s critical to analyze your financial position without the cash injection.

“Before any decision is finalized, I would suggest producers have a really good understanding of the farm’s current liquidity position,” advises Alan Hoskins, president of American Farm Mortgage. “Also, given the challenges we face from a market and weather perspective, make sure that you know a solid estimate of this year’s financials.”

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Future Of Agriculture: Ask The Analysts returns to SIUC

A free event geared towards farmers and those working in the agriculture industry is coming back to SIUC.

Legence Bank, American Farm Mortgage and SIU have teamed up for the Future of Agriculture: Ask the Analysts Featuring Live "U.S. Farm Report Taping." 

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US Farm Report – Live Taping from SIU Hosted by Legence Bank and American Farm Mortgage

U.S. Farm Report is on the road broadcasting from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. From the latest on the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments and exploring what impact the payments could have on the farm economy to digging into how the weather market could play out this year in the grains, the latest episode of U.S. Farm Report covers it all.

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Future of Agriculture: Ask the Analysts

Join host, Tyne Morgan, as she interviews market analysts, Chip Nellinger, Bob Utterback, and John Kurtz!

FREE EVENT

Welcome & Vendor Exhibit: 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

US Farm Report Live Taping: 4:00 pm -5:30 pm

Meet our HOST!

Tyne Morgan is the Host of U.S. Farm Report! 

Tyne Morgan is doing what she calls her "dream job," as the first female host of a major agricultural television show. She’s a Missouri girl who has generations of agriculture rooted in her blood. Born and raised in Lexington, Mo., FFA was a big part of her high school career. Her father is an agriculture teacher/FFA Advisory and was her biggest supporter/teacher. Through public speaking and various contest teams, she actually plunged into broadcast at the young age of 16. While in high school, she worked at KMZU radio providing the daily farm market updates, as well as local, state and national agriculture news. Although Tyne always knew she wanted to go into TV, it was then she discovered farm broadcasting was her calling.

Tyne attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she majored in Agriculture Journalism, with an emphasis in broadcast. During her college years, she was a farm broadcast intern for Brownfield Ag News, and was the 2006 Missouri State Fair Queen, serving as the Ambassador for Missouri agriculture.

Today, you can watch Tyne every week hosting U.S. Farm Report, and helping viewers navigate the volatile markets with the weekly marketing roundtables. She’s also feature every week on Machinery Pete TV and AgriTalk radio. 

Meet Our Analysts!

Bob Utterback is a registered commodities representative and President/CEO of Utterback Marketing Services, Inc. in New Richmond, Indiana.

Bob grew up on a small farm in Indiana and continued to work on farms while attending Purdue University. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree at Purdue, he went on to earn a Master’s Degree at Oregon State University. Today, Bob provides overall technical and fundamental marketing outlooks and strategies regarding agricultural commodities, and he and his staff implement trades for individual producers, feedlots and other farm-related operations.

Chip Nellinger with Blue Reef Agri-Marketing, Inc. is a Risk Management Consultant and Future Marketing Specialist.

He was raised on a grain and livestock farm in North Central Illinois. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.S in Economics. He spent 4 years on floor of CBOT - International Commercial Grain Hedging and 22 years as a Licensed Commodity Broker - Risk Management for Top Producers, and 14 years IL as a licensed crop insurance agent. He is also a Commodity Analyst on US Farm Report, Ag Day & several Midwest radio stations.

He resides in Dunlap, Illinois with his wife, Jennifer, and three sons, Sam, Jake and Chase.

John Kurtz has more than 26 years-experience in the land business — as a broker, advisor and auctioneer. 

After attending Missouri Auction School in 1993, John became a third-generation real estate auctioneer with his family’s firm. John is a 1991 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in economics. With his wife Chrissy, and their 6 kids, John enjoys being outdoors and working with the farmers of their land in western Kentucky.

2019 Photo Contest

Photo Contest Winners

American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services received several entries from around the country. With many pictures to review, judges found it challenging to select the cover photo and each monthly photo for the 2019 Calendar portraying "Agricultural Through Your Lens". 

Grand Prize Cover Photo received:

  • Complimentary Calendar
  • $250 Visa Gift Card

12 monthly prize winners received:

  • Complimentary Calendar
  • $50 Visa Gift Card

2019 Calendar

The 2019 American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services Calendar was released in January 2019. We are excited to share photos depicting agriculture across the United States.

Each month of the calendar features one full size photograph portraying a local farm or ranch, farm animals and commodities produced. Photos were submitted by amateur photographers from across the country for our 5th Annual Photo Contest. 

Winning Photos from the 2019 Calendar Photo Contest

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January

Nelson Ranch
Oroville, WA

February

Scott Ross Farms
Meade, KS

March

D-Bar Cattle Co.
Harrisburg, IL

April

Noah Boulds
Eldorado, IL

May

Beasley Equine Clinic
Eldorado, IL

June

Scott Ross Farms
Meade, KS

July

Katelynn Downen
Junction, IL

August

DeVillez Farms
Eldorado, IL

September

Vala's Pumpkin Patch
Gretna, NE

October

Cathy Vogl
Henderson, MI

November

Dustin Newton Farms
Junction, IL

December

Nelson Ranch
Oroville, WA

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Cover Photo Winner

Shawn Pilkington, Eldorado, IL