News & Updates

Friday Leader 2-27-15
March 2, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

The Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, February 27, 2015

Thank You!

On behalf of the Champaign County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, thank you for your support with our blood drive and to all those who donated. There is a shortage of blood at the blood banks and every donation is helping to save a life. For more information and future donation locations and times, please visit:

Governmental Affairs Conference

This week members from CCFB had the opportunity to attend the Governmental Affairs Conference (GALC) in Springfield. The conference title was “Know Your Environment”. It was supported and presented by Illinois Farm Bureau and took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. GALC was a rewarding experience to learn about local, state and federal government affairs and how they will impact the agricultural industry. There were a number of workshops and general sessions that gave insight and experience to take back to our county Farm Bureau’s to educate and inform. The photo below was taken at the Legislator Reception.

From Left to Right: Linda Brown, District 12 Director Chris Hausman, Joe Burke, Nancy Strunk, Representative Chad Hays and Lin Warfel.

This Week’s Hot Topics

·      American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan said the group will become a more aggressive organization and work more closely with other farm groups to push for trade policy and regulatory influence.


·      On the heels of more legislation introduced to repeal the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuels Standard, a panel of National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) leaders said any attack on their chief renewable fuels policy is taken very seriously.


·      CLIMATE AND MORALS – A new Reuters poll finds a significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions. The poll respondents also said that United Nations scientists and a popular U.S. television host, Bill Nye "The Science Guy", carry more authority on climate change than U.S. politicians.


·      MEDIA TRENDS – A new survey of country radio listeners finds most don’t wake up to the radio. Edison Research reports that 45 percent wake up each day to the alarm on a mobile device, while 33 percent use a traditional alarm, and 16 percent use an alarm set to wake them up with radio.

·      SENATE CLEARS WAY TO AVERT AGENCY SHUTDOWN  – Three days before a partial Homeland Security shutdown, lawmakers cleared the way Wednesday for Senate passage of legislation to fund the agency without immigration-related provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. Approval in the Senate would send the issue to the House.


·      YELLEN DEFENDS TACTICS IN TESTY HOUSE HEARING – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the central bank could raise interest rates before inflation picks up as long as it foresees price increases accelerating and the job market continues to advance. Most of the hearing was devoted to often-testy exchanges between Republicans and Yellen over their efforts to subject the Fed to increase oversight.


·      BRAZIL TRUCKERS JAR SOYBEAN MARKETS – A widespread work stoppage by Brazilian truckers is rolling global soybean markets, boosting prices that had been deflated for months by soaring production of the oilseeds.  U.S. soybean futures surged to a six-week high on Tuesday as truckers across Brazil’s main farming regions blocked roads to protest fuel-tax increases and low wages.


·      UI ‘EXPLORE ACRES’  – High school students can learn more about the University of Illinois’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at “Explore ACES,” to be held Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.  For more information, go to


·      ILLINOIS PRODUCTS EXPO SET FOR MARCH 7-8 AT STATE FAIRGROUNDS – The 2015 Illinois Products Expo is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  More than 70 Illinois food companies are scheduled to take part.



Don’t wait, buy today!


CHANGE IN VENUE! – Spring Outlook on the 16th.

Marketing club will no longer meet at the CCFB auditorium for the WILL Spring Outlook on March 16th, see flyer below for details.


Mark Your Calendar!

MARCH 5, 2015 FROM 07:00PM TO 08:00PM

Young Ag Leaders

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


MARCH 6, 2015 FROM 07:30AM TO 11:00AM

Unmanned Aeriel Systems

Tony Noel Center
Parkland College RM 115
Champaign , IL 61821


MARCH 6, 2015 FROM 07:30PM TO 09:30PM

Music of the Heartland

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 S Goodwin Ave
Urbana , IL 61801


MARCH 7, 2015 FROM 07:30AM TO 08:30AM

CDL Class

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


MARCH 8, 2015 FROM 02:00PM TO 04:00PM


CCFB Auditorium
801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


MARCH 9, 2015 AT 07:00PM

Marketing Club

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


MARCH 9, 2015 FROM 09:00AM TO 11:00AM

Women's Committee

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821




Today in History

February 27th

·      1700   The island of New Britain is discovered.

·      1827   The first Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana.

·      1879   The artificial sweetener saccharin is discovered

·      1951   22nd amendment to the US constitution is ratified limiting Presidents to two terms

·      1974   People magazine is published for the first time.

Have a wonderful weekend!


David Fulton














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.”