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Friday Leader 12-5-14
December 9, 2014 by: Lesley Gooding

Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, December 5, 2014


Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting!

For the next 4 days (Saturday – Tuesday) the Champaign County Farm Bureau is headed to Chicago for the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. This year we will be taking 45 CCFB members to attend the meeting which is being held at the Palmer House. Look in next week’s Leader for photos and more!

Marketing Club

This past Monday there was a presentation on commodity risk management! Jason Clapp and Sherman Newlin from Risk Management Commodities, INC. presented on this fall’s crop numbers and what to look for in the future. Our next meeting will be January 5th at the Farm Bureau Auditorium, starting at 7 PM. Our speaker will be Jacquie Voeks of Stewart Peterson. Mark your calendars!

Photo: Great presentation last night with the Marketing Club on commodity  risk management! Our next meeting will be January 5th at the Farm Bureau Auditorium, starting at 7 PM. Our speaker will be  Jacquie Voeks of Stewart Peterson. Mark your calendars!

Upcoming Monthly Newsletters

Be sure to look in your upcoming January newsletter for our new segment, CCFB features local FFA! We will be featuring a different Champaign County FFA chapter every month. This will be a great way to stay current with local youth in agriculture and help support their efforts!

Earth Partners Receives 2014-2015 Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Grant

County Coalition Grants are made possible through funding from the IAA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau.   The IAA Foundation raises funds for the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program each year, and in addition to county grants, provides funding for Ag Mags, teacher grants, Summer Ag Institutes and more. 

In 2013-2014 the Illinois AITC Program reached 516,452 students with a message about agriculture.  Additionally, 36,074 teachers and 1,203 pre-service teachers learned how to incorporate agriculture into their existing curriculum while meeting state learning standards.

Partner organizations of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program include Illinois Farm Bureau, Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE), University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Growers, Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Soybean Association, Midwest Dairy Association, Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  In addition, annual donors include many agribusiness partners and others with an interest in supporting agriculture.  Funds are raised through both events and direct program contributions.

As we look forward to 2015, the Earth Partners program is excited to continue its rich tradition of educating students, teachers and the community of Champaign County through agriculture education!

Hot Topics This Week

  • ETHANOL DEMAND – U of I ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good say declining gasoline and increasing ethanol prices have created concerns that ethanol and corn demand could be adversely affected. Their latest analysis suggests the risk is over-stated. The pair say even with an extended period of high ethanol to gasoline prices, domestic ethanol consumption is likely to be supported at the 10 percent blend wall.
  • VETO SESSION ENDS - The General Assembly’s 2014 veto session ground to a close Thursday with the Illinois Senate approving bills allowing bobcat hunting in the state, giving downstate utilities rate increases and overriding a veto of a bill dealing with voluminous open-records requests
  • DEER HARVEST SLOW – So far, 2014 has not been a good deer hunting season in Illinois. The Department of Natural Resources says total harvest numbers from the first half of 2014's firearm season — 51,830 — were still down considerably from last year's 55,708. Weather and disease problems in the deer herd are likely causes for the decline.
  • FARM TO SCHOOL - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week more than $5 million in grants for projects that support the Agriculture Department's efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program. In Illinois, SIU will be partnering with the Illinois Farmers Market Association, U of I Extension, and the Illinois State Board of Education to host regional farm to school conferences in Carbondale, Springfield, and Chicago.

Young AG Leaders

On Tuesday evening the Young AG Leaders were able to meet at Biaggi’s for their Christmas party/dinner. Below is a photo of the night’s event.

Photo taken by: Kirk Builta

Next Week

Prime Timers: DECEMBER 11, 2014-FROM 10:00AM TO 11:30AM (Andy Hudson: Arctic Adventure)

Equine Committee Mtg: DECEMBER 12, 2014 - FROM 12:30PM TO 02:30PM

Today in History

  • 1492   Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola.
  • 1932   German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.
  • 1955   Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • 1996   At 18 years old, Jermaine O'Neal becomes the NBA's youngest player


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.”