News & Updates

2-6-15 Leader
February 9, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

The Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, February 6, 2015


Check it Out!

The link below is a tribute to Illinois farmers who work hard every day to feed their families and yours! Please see the highlights in the video. We want to recognize two familiar faces of our very own Champaign County, Bev Ehler and Marguerite Zahnd! The video has been provided by Illinois Farm Bureau and forwarded by Brad Zwilling, thanks!


This Week’s Hot Topics

·       DRONE SURVEY – A new Reuters survey finds 42% of respondents oppose private ownership of drones or UAVs, suggesting they prefer restricting them to officials or experts trained in safe operation. Another 30 percent said private UAV ownership was fine, and 28 percent were not sure.

·       DOCK STRIKE IMPACTING AG - An ongoing labor dispute embroiling ports across the West Coast has taken a bite out of agricultural trade across California's Central Valley. Some in the food and logistics industry fear a permanent loss of overseas business.

·       STATE GAS HIKE GETTING TRACTION– The days of rock-bottom gasoline prices in Illinois could be numbered.  With gasoline still selling for under $2 per gallon throughout much of the state, Gov. Bruce Rauner and his allies in the business community are talking about “restructuring” the state’s motor fuel tax to raise money to pay for a statewide construction program. The plan would boost the gasoline tax by 13 cents a gallon.

·       NATURAL GAS IGNORES COLD– Not even the freezing weather gripping the U.S. Northeast can stop natural-gas prices from plunging.  Sinking natural-gas prices are the latest example of a turn in the commodities cycle where robust supplies have sent costs tumbling in markets ranging from oil to sugar.


·       DOW JUMPS BACK INTO BLACK FOR YEAR AS DUPONT RALLIES– U.S. stocks rallied, as a jump in oil prices and upbeat corporate news helped push the Dow and the S&P 500 back into positive territory for the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 211.86 points to 17,884.88. The S&P 500 gained 21.01 points to 2,062.52.


·       TRUCK SHOW ROLLS IN– The Peoria Civic Center this weekend becomes a truck stop. The Mid-West Truck and Trailer Show begins at 9 a.m. Friday and ends 4 p.m. Saturday. 


·       DEADLINE LOOMS FOR HEALTH CARE LAW COVERAGE– If you don’t have health care insurance the time to act is now.  The deadline to get coverage for this year under the Affordable Care Act is Feb. 15.


·       HACKERS HIT HEALTH INSURER – Hackers broke into a health insurance database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information.  The attack on Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer Anthem could be a sign that hackers have shifted their focus away from retailers and toward other targets, cybersecurity experts say.


Great Sale!

Champaign County Farm Bureau Equine Garage Sale


Where: CCFB Auditorium

801 North Country Fair Drive

Champaign, IL


When:  Saturday, February 21, 2015**

9AM – Noon


Tack!  Saddles!  Blankets & Coolers!  Clothing!  Boots & Shoes!  Breyers!  Books & Magazines!  And so much more!


Interested in selling at this event?

This sale is by table rental only.  No commission will be charged.  Eight-foot tables are $10 each, paid with registration.  Registration deadline is Saturday, February 14, 2015.  Registration forms are in the CCFB January newsletter and at 



Contact David at the CCFB office (217-352-5235) or email


**Snow Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015. The decision to postpone the February 21 sale will be made by 4:00 pm on February 20 and announced online at


See You at a Night of Fun!


Mark Your Calendar!

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 FROM 10:00AM TO 12:00PM

Prime Timers

CCFB Auditorium
801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


FEBRUARY 21, 2015 FROM 09:00AM TO 12:00PM

Equine Garage Sale

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


FEBRUARY 22, 2015 FROM 02:00PM TO 04:00PM


CCFB Auditorium
801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


Today in History

February 6, 2015


337   Julius I is elected pope.

1819   Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore

1862   Battle of Fort Henry in the US Civil War

1959   The Integrated Circuit is invented.