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Friday Leader 11-21
November 21, 2014 by: Lesley Gooding

The Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, November 21, 2014


Citrus Orders – Extended Deadline

We have extended our citrus order deadline until this upcoming Monday, November 24th! All orders, including payment, are due to the Champaign County Farm Bureau office before noon. Money must be physically brought to the office, or a credit card may be called in; mailed checks or cash will not be accepted. We have all your favorites! Oranges, Grapefruits, Tangelos, Cheeses, Frozen Orange Juice and other snacks! Again, we are accepting orders up to Monday the 24th until noon.



The 2014 Farm Bureau Harvest Foundation Gala will be this evening Friday, November 21st at the Pear Tree Estate. The doors will open at 6PM with dinner served at 7PM and the live auction starting at 7:30PM. There will also be a silent auction lasting until 8PM. didn’t have time to buy tickets? There is still an opportunity to purchase tickets at the door for $50 (includes entry and meal and live entertainment). Please join us for an evening of fun and support!



Earth Partners

Exciting things are brewing in Champaign Unit #4 schools! They are currently working to bring back an agriculture education department, which Earth Partners is excited to be a part of!  Marc Chagnon, the Education to Careers and Professions Program Coordinator, has been cultivating this idea for several months and has set out this fall to establish an agriculture advisory action committee.  Other groups represented on the committee include: Facilitating Coordination in Agriculture Education, Farm Credit Services, Kraft, Birkey’s, Parkland College, University of Illinois/ACES and several others.  Over the next few months the committee will work together to establish the curriculum and staffing needs to offer agriculture courses to high school students at Central, Centennial and the Novak Academy by the fall of 2016.  So many of us know about and experience the rewarding careers that agriculture can provide, but by re-introducing agriculture programming in Champaign this message will be delivered to a whole new audience. 

Legislative Committee

This past Tuesday the Legislative Committee had the opportunity to sit down with Bill Bodine, Illinois Farm Bureau Associate Director of State Legislation. He covered a range of topics from the newly elected Governor Bruce Rauner to discussion about the General Assembly. A fun fact shared about Governor Rauner is that he is the first republican in 12 years to have the Governor seat in the state of Illinois.

This Week’s Hot Topics

TREASURER’S RACE (News-Gazette, 11/20) – Illinois’ new state treasurer — and its first one from East Central Illinois in 100 years — sounded a bipartisan note Wednesday in his first news conference as a statewide officer. “We look forward to working together in a bipartisan manner, in the way I have as a state senator,” said Champaign Democrat Mike Frerichs, who appears to have won the race over Republican Tom Cross by fewer than 10,000 votes.

UAV RULING – The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that drones are aircraft and subject to existing aviation laws, affirming the Federal Aviation Administration’s regulatory power over the fast-emerging industry. Attorney Brendan Schulman told the Wall Street Journal the scope of the ruling is “narrowly limited.”

U OF I PRESIDENT (State Journal-Register, 11/19) – The University of Illinois system has hired State University of New York Vice Chancellor for Research Timothy L. Killeen as its next president. Killeen will become the university’s 20th president when current President Robert Easter retires in June.

THINKING ABOUT NEXT FARM BILL – “It’s never too early to start on the next farm bill,” says Rep. Mike Conaway, the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. The Texas Republican, whose position in the top agriculture post was confirmed Tuesday by the House Republican Steering Committee, told POLITICO that he’s already thinking about the 2019 farm bill.

ADM SUES SYNGENTA – Archer Daniels Midland Co. sued Syngenta AG over losses the grain trader and processor said it suffered after Syngenta sold genetically engineered corn in the U.S. that had yet to win approval in China.

EPA DELAYS AGAIN – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it will not finalize the federal 2014 biofuel use targets by the end of the year, delaying a final decision on the mandate until next year. The agency blamed the delay on the “significant” amount of comments it received on its draft proposal for the 2014 targets.

IMMIGRATION REACT – President Barack Obama’s immigration initiative will not help America’s farmers deal with the real labor challenges they face, AFBF President Bob Stallman said in a statement issued Thursday night. “Our nation loses millions of dollars in fruit and vegetable production every year because farmers cannot find labor to harvest everything they grow. This order will not change that,” Stallman said.

Did You Know?

Today Brad Uken, CCFB Manager, and Jonathan Manuel, SWCD, visited Urbana Middle School to discuss careers in agriculture. It is important that youth realize that agriculture may have a career for them in the future.  They later asked the students various questions to gauge their background on the subject and their familiarity.
1.) How many people are employed in production agriculture?

Answer: less than 2%

2.) How many people in Illinois are employed in the Ag industry?

Answer: 1-in-4 jobs in Illinois

Other questions were based off personal interest, Example: How many of you like sports or to be outside? Then the question was applied to a possible future in turf management or natural resources. Basing questions such as this help youth connect their likes and interests to a long-term goal, such as a career.


Next week the Champaign County Farm Bureau office will be closed on November 27th and 28th to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will re-open on Monday, December 1st.  

Today in History

·         1789   North Carolina is admitted as the 12th U.S. state.

·         1877   The invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record sound, is announced by Thomas Edison.

·         1922   Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia becomes the first woman United States Senator.

Thank you and have a great weekend!