Formation of First Illinois Ag Group

April 28, 2016

Formation of First Illinois Ag Group

First Illinois Ag Group has been formed by combining Hickory Point Ag Services Farm Management Department and Schroeder/Huber LLC Farm Brokerage, Farm Auction and Farm Appraisal Services. Our Agricultural Services Department has a history of service that spans more than 100 years. First Illinois Ag Group positions us to serve clients for the next 100 years by making us a “one stop shop” for farmland owners.

WHY CHANGE?

The partnership between Hickory Point Bank Ag Services Department and Schroeder/Huber LLC, while successful, was a source of confusion with two names providing complimentary Ag services. As the market changes and our business grows, we feel it is in the best interest of our clients, our firm, and the bank to create a single division to better serve everyone.

WHAT HASN’T CHANGED?

Our people. First Illinois Ag Group will be led by Jim Schroeder as Senior Vice President. Bruce Huber, Senior Vice President, will head our real estate brokerage and auction services as our managing broker. Dale Kellermann will continue to manage our O’Fallon office and is available to provide services as an Accredited Farm Manager, Broker and State Certified General Appraiser. Seth Baker will head our Appraisal Services and is also available to provide services as an Accredited Farm Manager, Broker and State Certified General Appraiser. Logan Frye provides services as Farm Manager, Broker, and Associate Appraiser.

WHAT WILL NEVER CHANGE?

Our commitment to provide close, personal attention to our clients in order to better understand their goals and meet their needs. We will continue to use our experience and expertise to provide the most comprehensive line of farmland services. As always, we will keep our clients well-informed, put their needs first, and work to improve their farmland investment.



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