The award-winning farmdoc project was launched in 1999 with the stated purpose of “improving farm decision-making under risk through research and education.” Since then, it has become the premier online source of economic analysis and market information for commercial producers in the U.S. Corn Belt. Today, the farmdoc project includes three related websites.
The legacy farmdoc website provides access to a slate of decision tools, links to webinars, and articles providing economic analysis of issues relevant to commercial producers and agribusinesses. Since 2002, it has received around 1 million visits per year. Farmdoc incorporates programs such as Farm Analysis Solution Tools (FAST), a suite of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets designed to assist producers with decision making, and Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES 2024), a series of half-day meetings targeted to Illinois producers held annually in January at several locations around the state.
farmdoc daily launched in 2011 and publishes an original article of research-based analysis each business day. The site receives over 2 million visits per year and its daily emails go to over thirteen thousand subscribers worldwide.
Farm Policy News was added to the farmdoc family in 2016, publishing updates on current developments relating to the farm economy and U.S. farm policy.
The University of Illinois Tax School provides high quality, low cost tax continuing education to tax professionals. We are an accredited sponsor of continuing professional education (CPE) and award CPE credits to those who attend our seminars, webinars and self-study courses. Tax School also annually creates and publishes the Federal Tax Workbook which is used by tax continuing education programs in 24 states across the United States.
The Financial Planning Program offers events, courses, and resources to Illinois students and beyond. Each fall, they host Financial Planning Career Day, bringing together dozens of financial service firms and hundreds of students from multiple financial planning programs, connecting them and creating opportunities for internships and careers with outstanding local, regional and national organizations. They also offer the Land & Everything Else podcast, e-texts, and courses open to the public.
FBFM is a cooperative educational-service program working with about 5,000 cooperating farmers in Illinois. Governed by an elected 11 member board of directors, 70 field staff across 37 locations comprise the farm business analysis group which cooperates with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. Staff has an opportunity to work in financial management, accounting, and tax with commercial farmers. They supervise the completion of the farmer's records and summarize them to provide financial and production business analysis reports.
MarketMaker is an interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural products in Illinois, providing an important link between producers and consumers.