News & Updates

Friday Leader 1-9-15
January 12, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

The Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, January 9, 2014


TONIGHT @ 6:30PM at the Wyndham Garden Inn (formerly Holiday Inn) off of Lincoln Ave. The Illini Farm Toy Show and Auction. (1001 Kilarney St. Urbana IL 61801) Tonight from 5-9PM and tomorrow from 9AM - 5PM. Have kids?? No problem! The Learning Barn will be there to entertain your little ones.  Hope to see you there!

ALOYTT Announcement

Do you play cards? Consider yourself a card shark?  Have you always wanted to play but never had the time? Just learning how to play? Come play euchre with ALOYTT (Ag Leaders of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) this Sunday! They will be meeting in the Farm Bureau auditorium from 2-4p.m. This event is open to all ages and all Farm Bureau members. Come out of the cold weather and join the fun and fellowship, hope to see you there!

This Week’s Hot Topics

TRANSITION REPORT - Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner’s Transition Committee has released its report on the state of Illinois. “The state of Illinois is in a death spiral, in desperate need of a turnaround,” says Rauner. “I look forward to reviewing these recommendations.”


AG CHAIR – Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts officially became chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, making him the first lawmaker to chair both that panel and its House counterpart. Roberts chaired the House Ag Committee from 1995-97.


INVESTOR ACTIVIST TARGETS DUPONT - Nelson Peltz’s investment firm launched a fight against DuPont Co. to add four directors to the company’s board, setting up one of the biggest battles ever initiated by an activist investor. The activist wants to splinter DuPont’s seven business lines into three companies, with one aimed at agriculture and nutrition.


FUEL TAXES - The sharp drop in gasoline prices over the past few months is providing a rare political opening for state and federal officials who want to raise gasoline taxes to repair highways and boost construction jobs.


DAIRIES AND EXPORTS - In November 2012, when Cayuga Milk Ingredients Inc. broke ground for a $100 million dairy factory, U.S. dairy exports were booming and prices were high. But now, as the plant completes its first shifts running at full production, buying by key global buyers is slowing and prices are collapsing.


SPECIAL SESSION - The Democratic-controlled General Assembly gave quick approval Thursday to a bill creating a special election for comptroller in 2016. Blasted by Republicans as a naked power play by the Democrats, the bill now goes to outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.


UNEMPLOYMENT DIPS - The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.


KEYSTONE PIPELINE - The Nebraska Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit over the Keystone XL pipeline Friday, saying it came one vote short of the super-majority needed to declare a state law approving the pipeline unconstitutional.


NITRATE LAWSUIT– Trustees of Des Moines’ Water Works voted Thursday to proceed with a lawsuit against three Iowa counties over high nitrate levels in the Raccoon River. Iowa’s ag secretary Bill Northey called the action “antagonistic and unproductive.”


ADM CARBON CAPTURE - The Illinois Basin Decatur Project has successfully reached its target of capturing and storing 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide deep into a saline formation underneath the Archer Daniels Midland Co. complex, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday.



Mark Your Calendar!!


·         JANUARY 11, 2015           FROM 02:00PM TO 04:00PM


·         JANUARY 12, 2015           FROM 09:00AM TO 11:00AM

Women's Committee

·         JANUARY 14, 2015           FROM 07:30AM TO 09:00AM

Legislative Committee

·         JANUARY 25, 2015           FROM 02:00PM TO 04:00PM


·         JANUARY 26, 2015           FROM 06:00PM TO 09:00PM

CCFB Annual Meeting



Today in History

January 9th

·         1788   Connecticut becomes an American state.

·         1793   First Balloon Flight

·         1951   The United Nations opens in Manhattan. It began in 1946.


Please have a safe and 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.”