News & Updates

Friday Leader 1-30-15
January 30, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

The Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, January 30, 2015



We appreciate all who attended this past Monday at our 103rd annual meeting! Retiring directors included: Camille Miller, Judi Steirwalt, Kirk Builta, Derek Busboom, Lin Warfel, Paula Zwilling, Marguerite Zahnd, Deb Heinz, Reid Anderson and Mark Pflugmacher. Thank you to Lin Warfel who served the board as a director of Tolono Township and as the CCFB President. We also thank Tim Frick for being the board secretary. This year’s meeting was held at the I-Hotel on U of I’s Campus. Our keynote speaker was Cody Morris, who spoke about his adventures to Africa and explaining that the future of agriculture is bright!


A huge congratulation to our new directors of the board! They are the following, Kim Wishall, Karen Reitmeier, Luke Zwilling, Derek Harms, Jeff Fisher, Carl Smith, Frank Hardimon, Kristi Pflugmacher, Dale Tharp and Mike Briggs. We would also like to announce our new president, Eric Suits! Congratulations and we wish you the best. Adam Watson was also elected to be the new board secretary.

Hot Topics:

·      BEEF CHECKOFF VOTE - The referendum will be held during a 12-day window in February 2015 offering three ways a producer can cast a vote. Illinois producers are strongly encouraged to vote in-person at any Illinois FSA county office from Feb. 16-20 or at the Illinois Beef Expo in Springfield Feb. 19-22. If a producer is unable to access in-person voting locations, a mail-in ballot may be requested by contacting the IBA at 217-787-4280, and postmarked between Feb 16-27.

·      GROUP HOUSING - Cargill Pork, LLC, one of the largest pork producers in the U.S., is 11 months ahead of its own schedule for completing the conversion to group housing for sows at company-owned farms.  In June 2014, Cargill Pork announced a commitment to group housing of sows at company-owned farms, with the original completion date set for Dec. 31, 2015.

·      OBAMA SIGNALS VA. TO GA. AREA BE OPENED TO OFFSHORE DRILLING– The Obama administration Tuesday proposed opening to offshore drilling an area from Virginia to Georgia in a policy shift long sought by energy companies but opposed by environmentalists concerned about popular resorts such as the Outer Banks and Myrtle Beach.

·      COAL MINING SIMULATOR COMING TO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS– Two Illinois colleges are planning to build a simulator that will allow coal miners to train how to react in emergencies without having to set foot in a mine.  The simulators will be built in Southeastern Illinois College and Illinois Eastern Community College.

·      CATERPILLAR PREDICTS A TOUGH YEAR AHEAD – While 2014 qualified as a successful year for Caterpillar Inc., the $55.2 billion in sales marked the second year in a row that the company saw revenue decline. Caterpillar management said the stage for a pessimistic 2015 sales forecast had been set by a very down year in 2014, which was particularly gloomy for mining-related equipment sales, like the giant trucks built in Decatur.  The company pegs oil prices and the weak global economy as concerns for 2015.


ALOYTT Members, the date has been changed from February 8th to this Sunday, February 1st to play Euchre. ALL Farm Bureau members are welcome to attend. Please watch the weather.


Equine Garage Sale, Don’t forget!

Champaign County Farm Bureau Equine Garage Sale

February 21, 2015

9AM – Noon


This year’s tack sale will be by table rental only.  No commission will be charged.


  • 8 foot tables are available for $10 each to be paid with registration

Space will be available free of charge next to seller’s table for seller’s own saddle rack(s).

(registration form in January newsletter, online or see below)

  • Sellers are solely responsible for displaying and selling their own merchandise and must provide their own change, calculator, bags, etc. 


  • Sellers can start setting up their tables at 7:30 am the day of the event. Items must be removed by 1 pm the day of the event.


  • We strongly encourage sellers to have all items clearly labeled with price and seller’s initials. 


  • Tables must be manned at all times.


  • Not Responsible for lost or stolen items.



Equine Garage Sale Table Rental (please make checks payable to CCFB)








Phone___________________________ Cell Phone______________________________




Table: Qty _______ ($10 each)                  Saddle Rack Space needed Yes / No (circle one)





Get your 2015 Champaign County Plat Books today! Only $20 to our Farm Bureau members!

Mark Your Calendar!

Monday February 2nd: Marketing Club at the CCFB Auditorium with Jacquie Voeks from 7p.m.-9p.m.

Thursday February 5th: Young Ag Leaders meet at the CCFB Auditorium @ 6:30p.m.

Friday February 6th: Equine Committee Meeting TBD


Special Program!


Today in History

·      1862   The first American ironclad warship, the USS Monitor is launched.

·      1933   Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.

·      1847   Yerba Buena, California is renamed San Francisco.

·      1994   Peter Leko becomes the youngest grand master in chess.

·      1948   Civil rights leader Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated.

Photos from the 2015 103rd Annual meeting

Thank you and have a safe, warm weekend!