First Mid Staff - Mattoon, IL

Farm Real Estate
Cory KauffmanCory Kauffman
Mattoon Regional Office Manager
Phone: (217) 258-0498

Cory is a 2008 graduate from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Business Finance.  His interest in agriculture began on his family’s grain farm near Arthur, IL.  Throughout college and after graduation, he worked for a small precision ag company selling and servicing agricultural guidance equipment.  Shortly after graduation, he transitioned to ag retail for a period of time before joining First Mid as a farm manager in 2011.  Cory is an accredited member of the American & Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers.  He earned his Accredited Farm Manager designation in 2014 and manages farmland in Illinois for absentee landowners, public foundations and several charitable trusts.  Cory is also an Illinois Associate Real Estate Trainee Appraiser specializing in farmland valuations.  Additionally, he is a licensed property and casualty insurance producer focusing on crop insurance, as well as, an Illinois licensed real estate broker.  He is currently the Regional Manager of the Mattoon office.  Cory remains active in his family’s farming operation near Arthur, IL.
Farm Real Estate
Eric SchumacherEric Schumacher
Farm Management, Crop Insurance, and Appraisal – Mattoon 
Phone: (217) 258-0457

Eric graduated from the University of Illinois in 2011 with a B.S. in Agriculture Economics, concentrating in Farm Management, and a minor in Crop and Soil Management. Besides managing farms in south-central Illinois, Eric is also a licensed crop insurance agent and a trainee appraiser. He grew up on his family’s dairy and row crop farm in southeastern Shelby County, and is still active in the operation. Prior to joining First Mid, Eric worked as a location manager with South Central FS. His experiences on both the production and retail side of agriculture have provided Eric with the knowledge base to manage a wide range of farm properties. He and his wife, Becky, and their two daughters, Lydia and Emma, live near Sigel, IL.Farm Real Estate
Ron PierceRon Pierce
Farm Management and Brokerage– Mattoon
Phone: (217) 345-8312

Ron is a 1970 graduate of Southern Illinois University, and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker, in addition to Farm Management Responsibility for farms in East Central Illinois and Western Indiana.  Ron brings to First Mid Ag Services over 42 years of Farm Management experience from both the banking industry and his own farm management firm which was acquired by First Mid Ag Services in July of 2018