What does a panel member do?
A panel member participates in eight to twelve mail surveys a
The member is assigned an identification number which is utilized
on each survey to insure confidentiality.
At the beginning of each year, the member completes a Personal
Data Sheet which allows FRI to monitor the panel's demographics. The Personal Data Sheet
asks questions about the member, including age of primary decision maker, the number of
acres tilled, and range of value of products sold during the calendar year. This
information is kept strictly confidential and never revealed to FRI's clients.
The surveys are to be completed within a specified period of
time, usually within three weeks.
Merit points are awarded for each study completed and returned on
A member can be removed from the panel at anytime per their
request and merit points may be redemed.
What are the benefits of being a panel member?
A panel member has the opportunity to voice his or her opinions,
attitudes and preferences directly to the agribusinesses and organizations that serve
production agriculture. This feedback allows the businesses to serve their clientele
better with improved products and services.
Panel members are also compensated by receiving merit points and
redeeming them for premiums.
How does the merit points system work?
A panel member receives the assigned merit points for each study
completed and returned on time.
The panel member receives a 50% bonus in merit points at the end
of the year if he or she has returned all the studies. If only one study is missed, a 25%
bonus is received.
The merit points are accumulated and can then be used to obtain
premiums listed in FRI's brochure.
Categories in the premium brochure include men's and women's
gifts, household goods/ family use, sports equipment, hunting/fishing/camping equipment,
toys and games, and books.
The merit points may be redeemed at any time as long as there are
sufficient point accumulated for the desired item(s).
The merit points do not have to be used in the year they are
earned. They may accumulate as long as the panel member remains active. The points are
accumulated by transferring the year end balance of merit points to the following year.
Merit points are redeemable up to three months after a panel
member ceases to be an active participant.
Each panel member is notified of his or her accumulated balance
or merit points once a year.
Who can become a panel member?
Any person who is actively involved in production agriculture in
Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin or Indiana.