News & Updates

Friday Leader 2-20-15
February 23, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

The Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, February 20, 2015


Visiting The Capitol



Above, Chris Murray, Joe Burke, Treasurer Mike Frerichs, Eric Suits and Jeff Fisher visit about upcoming bills and the proposed budget presented by Governor Rauner. Champaign County Farm Bureau was able to sit down with Representatives Chad Hays and Adam Brown, Senators Chapin Rose and Scott Bennett, Treasurer Mike Frerichs and Champaign County Farm Bureau’s adopted Legislator, Greg Harris. This was a very rewarding event to be able and give these legislators our perspective and what we want to see as a farming organization.


This Week’s Hot Topics

DEERE OUTLOOK - Deere anticipates a larger-than-expected fall in equipment sales for the fiscal year amid sluggish conditions in the farming sector. The firm says its aggressive cost cutting, its broad lineup of equipment and slamming the brakes on production should help it navigate through the current slump.


PORT STRIKE - Shipping executives and union leaders for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports ended a third straight day of contract talks late on Thursday without a settlement, despite arm-twisting from the U.S. labor secretary, but planned to meet again on Friday.


ANTI-TRUST - Attorney General Lisa Madigan, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 10 other states, is seeking to block Sysco Corporation’s proposed $8.2 billion acquisition of its rival, the Rosemont-based US Foods Inc.  They’re worried about the impact of reduced competition for food distribution in Illinois and elsewhere.


MEDIA TRENDS – The New York Times is making a big shift to digital. Under the new system, each desk at The New York Times will pitch stories to be considered for “Dean’s list,” a list of stories that get “the very best play on all our digital platforms,” including Web, mobile and social platforms – not print.


DIET PANEL: EAT ‘GREEN’ AND LIMIT MEATS– A panel of nutrition experts recruited to help craft the next set of U.S. dietary guidelines said Thursday that the government should consider the environment when deciding what people should eat. The panel said dietary cholesterol was no longer a big concern and scrapped guidance that Americans limit their cholesterol to no more than 300 milligrams a day. The panel said consuming three to five cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  The panel also endorses a diet of eating more plant-based foods and limits the amount of meat.


FARMERS HAVE NEW INSURANCE OPTIONS – Farmers will see a few new options this year when making their crop-insurance decisions and will likely have to pay higher premiums, according to insurance representatives. Among the new options introduced this year as a result of the 2014 farm bill is a discount to make policies more affordable to those starting out, says Thad Stauffer, 1st Farm Credit Services crop-insurance product manager. Another new crop insurance option concerns farmers using irrigation. A new provision allows farmers to get different rates of insurance for irrigated and non-irrigated land.


U.S. SUES SYSCO TO STOP MERGER PLAN– A divided Federal Trade Commission sued Thursday to block Sysco Corp.’s acquisition of rival US Foods Inc., a long-awaited move that sets the stage for a major court battle over a plan to combine the nation’s two largest food distributors. The FTC alleged the proposal would create a dominate national company which could raises prices for restaurants and schools.


BEEF EXPO UNDER WAY AT STATE FAIRGROUNDS – The 2015 Illinois Beef Expo is under way at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The annual event, which runs through Sunday, includes a performance tested bull sale and 75 indoor and outdoor vendors.


CLEAN JOBS BILL PROPOSES BUMP IN RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASE– Lawmakers want to increase the share of clean energy consumed in Illinois with a bill they say will bring jobs to the state. A bill, announced Thursday, creates new standards for Illinois utilities to use efficiency measures to reduce electricity demand 20 percent by 2025. It also sets a higher figure for renewable energy purchased by updating the state’s regulation for the production of energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biodiesel.



Mark Your Calendar!

·    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


·    FEBRUARY 23, 2015 FROM 03:00PM TO 06:00PM

Women's Committee Blood Drive

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


·    MARCH 5, 2015 FROM 07:00PM TO 08:00PM

Young Ag Leaders

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821



BUY YOUR DISCOUNTED SYMPHONY TICKETS @ $20!!!! Call the CCFB Office! 352-5235

·     Blood Drive MONDAY! 3-6p.m.

·     The iDevice Workshop (March 12th: 6-8p.m.) presented by the Women’s Committee will be free to attend! Please call to reserve your spot! The workshop will be held in the CCFB Auditorium, we can only accept 25 attendees, so reserve your spot today!

·     Sunday, February 22nd the ALOYTT Club invites all members to play Euchre! They will meet in the auditorium at CCFB from 2-4p.m. If you have any questions please contact Gerald Henry: 778-6157



Today in History

February 20th  

1792   The United State Postal Service is established

1872   The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York

1942   Edward O'Hare is named America's first World War II flying ace.

1962   John Glenn is the first American to orbit the earth


Have a wonderful 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.”