News & Updates

Friday Leader 12-12-14
December 15, 2014 by: Lesley Gooding

Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, December 12, 2014


Citrus Orders – December 16th-17th

The moment you have all been waiting for! Fruit, and other purchased items, will be in Tuesday, December 16th, and can be picked up from 3:30PM-6:00PM. Fruit, and other purchased items, can also be picked up on Wednesday, December 17th, from 8:00AM-4:30PM.


Annual Meeting in Review

This past weekend CCFB had the opportunity to go to Chicago for the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. Champaign County did very well on an achievement level and received honors in numerous areas. Lin Warfel received the President’s Award, CCFB received the Liberty Bell Award, Kirk Builta received the Young Leader Chairman Award, Judy Steirwalt received the Ag in the Classroom Volunteer Award, Brad Uken received his President Award Pin and we were able to support Reid Thompson through another year competing in the Young Leader Discussion Meet. A successful year in Chicago to say the least, and a better one to come!

Pictured below are Brad and Lin with the President’s Award and the Liberty Bell Award.


Ag Safety For Just Kids

This past Wednesday the Ag Safety For Just Kids committee met to discuss upcoming events and farm safety awareness. The committee strives to work with youth and educate them about farm safety (which can cover a number of topics and scenarios). A big program incorporated in the cause is “Hazard Hunt”, sound interesting? Sign up today to volunteer or join!

Please contact:  Stacy Acton []


This Week’s Hot Topics

CONSUMER FOCUS - The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is planning a three-year consumer campaign to educate people about the value of the seed industry. New research from ASTA has found consumers lack knowledge and appreciations for the importance of seeds and seed improvement until they’re presented with specific examples of the environmental, economic and health benefits of seed.

GRAIN TRAIN - Canadian grain exports to the U.S. have fallen sharply as railways expand the more-lucrative cross-border crude-oil shipments, a shift that Canada’s farmers say is pushing their crops to lower-priced overseas markets. The shift of Canadian grain abroad is likely to prop up prices for U.S. farmers and consumers, analysts say.

SUCCESSION QUESTIONS- The Illinois Constitution is clear that a vacancy in the state comptroller’s office is filled by an appointment made by the governor. But the timing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s death on Wednesday, so close to the Jan. 12 inauguration of statewide officials to new four-year terms, has raised a host of legal questions that have never been tested regarding Illinois’ succession provisions.

FARMER AT AG - Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Monday he strongly prefers to have a farmer take over the Illinois Department of Agriculture and that he wouldn't impose sales taxes that would put Illinois' farmers at a disadvantage compared with those in other states. Speaking to a meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau in Chicago, the Winnetka Republican said farmers have helped Illinois weather tough economic times and that the state needs an agriculture sector that's "booming."

According to the EIA, ethanol production reached a new weekly record high of 982,000 barrels per day the week ending Nov. 21. The previous weekly average record of 972,000 barrels per day was set earlier this year for the week ending June 13. Ethanol production for November also set a monthly average record at 963,000 barrels per day. The previously monthly average record of 959,000 barrels per day was set in December 2011.


Prime Timers

This week the Prime Timers met at the Farm Bureau Auditorium to listen to speaker, Andy Hudson, present his adventure to the Arctic Circle. The Prime Timers also had live entertainment, The Martin Luther Choir, who graced us with Christmas Carols and Traditional Hymns. If you are interested in joining please contact the Farm Bureau office!


Today in History

  • 1915   President of the Republic of China, Yuan Shikai, reinstates the monarchy and proclaims himself Emperor of China.
  • 1963   Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1979   Northern Rhodesia changes its name to Zimbabwe.
  • 1987   Mookie Blaylock sets an NBA record of 13 steals in a single game


Mark Your Calendar!

-DECEMBER 15, 2014 FROM 10:30AM TO 12:00PM

Women's Committee Christmas Brunch

-DECEMBER 16, 2014 FROM 07:30AM TO 08:30AM

Legislative Committee

-DECEMBER 18, 2014 FROM 06:30PM TO 08:15PM

CCFB Full Board


Exciting News!

We are happy to announce that Representative Davis was named the Chairman of the Biotech, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee!  Another great, positive step in the agricultural industry with a great advocate, Representative Rodney Davis, with CCFB, is pictured below.



Thank you and have a great weekend!






David Fulton, Assistant Manager

Champaign County Farm Bureau


Phone: (217) 352-5235