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Friday Leader 12-19-14
December 19, 2014 by: Lesley Gooding

Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, December 19, 2014


Christmas Gathering!

On Monday the Women’s Committee met at the home of Lois and Don Wood for a Christmas potluck and short meeting. The meeting was led by Paula Zwilling accompanied with a volunteer opportunity of bringing in baby items to donate to the Pregnancy Resource Center (See photo below). Congratulations to Karen Reitmeier on being elected to be the new Chair!

Legislative Committee

The legislative committee met Tuesday morning at 7:30 and had a catered breakfast from DISH Passionate Cuisine. There was a recap on Illinois Annual Farm Bureau Meeting; all delegates reported. Tyler Cravens, on behalf of Congressman Rodney Davis, updated the committee on Section 179.

Citrus Sale

The annual citrus sale was a success once again. We appreciated everyone’s patience and understanding with the pickup time change. Thank you to everyone who purchased fruit this year and for your support! Pictured below is Greg Cahill, operations at United Prairie (Ivesdale, IL), we appreciate their help and letting us use their fork lift!


Earth Partners

Ag Champions
Earth Partners is excited to announce a new program, Ag Champions, and we are asking for your help to find these individuals!


These “Champions” would be teachers, or administrators, in each local school who would be willing to be the liaison between Earth Partners and their school.  The idea is to work together ensuring we supply the right resources and programming to meet the school’s unique needs and objectives for agriculture education.


We hope that this program identifies more educators to help share our county wide agriculture literacy message both through the Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee’s Learning Barn and Earth Partners.


If you know a teacher or administrator in a local school with a passion for agriculture, please call Myla at the Champaign County Farm Bureau or email her at:


Please visit the CCFB Foundation website to apply for 2015 scholarships!

There is also an opportunity to apply for the 2015 Freese Family Memorial Scholarship. All scholarship applications can be found in the “apply” tab at the top of the web page.

Hot Topics This Week

  • CROP ACRES TO DECLINE – USDA is now forecasts that farmers will scale back plantings of the eight major field crops by nearly 5 percent - a total of 12.3 million acres - over the next five years in response to sustained, lower commodity prices. The biggest cutbacks will be in wheat and soybeans.
  • MOBILE REIGNS - This year, for the first time, U.S. customers interacted with their banks more through mobile devices than any other means, according to a new study by consultancy Bain & Co. Mobile interactions are now 35% of the total, more than any other type, including traditional online channels, automated-teller machines and branch visits.
  • BEEF CHECKOFF NIXED – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told DTN yesterday that USDA won't proceed with its proposal for a new and separate beef checkoff program, acceding to congressional opposition.
  • VIPTERA CORN OKAYED - Chinese officials informed some U.S. seed industry officials late Monday that they approved Syngenta AG's genetically modified corn Viptera, according to reports from Agri-Pulse and Bloomberg. The corn is at the center of lawsuits over U.S. grain shipments rejected by Beijing.
  • SPECIALTY CROPS UPDATE - Greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 farm bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup and energy crops.


Next Week


CCFB Office Closed

Today in History

  • 1732   Benjamin Franklin begins publication of his Poor Richard's Almanac.
  • 1777   George Washington's Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
  • 1984   Wayne Gretzky at age 23 is the youngest NHL player to score 1,000 points
  • 1997   The movie Titanic is released. It will be the largest grossing movie for 12 years. Avatar surpasses it.


Thank you and have a great weekend!



David Fulton, Assistant Manager

Champaign County Farm Bureau


Phone: (217) 352-5235


“Champaign County Farm Bureau will strive to assist families in agriculture

by recognizing and responding to issues of concern while strengthening

partnerships and improving farm family life for this and future generations.”