News & Updates

Friday Leader 3-6-15
March 9, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

The Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, March 5, 2015


Women’s Committee Updates!

Monday March 9th, the Women’s Committee will have a speaker, her name is Emily Davis.  She is a dietitian intern at the Illiana VA Medical Center.   She will speak about managing a diabetic diet and also healthy eating practices. We welcome all female Farm Bureau members!  The morning will start with fellowship at 9a.m. (optional) and the meeting/presentation will start approximately at 9:20a.m. Please join us for a morning of important information and dietary practices. Concluding the meeting, lunch will be at Milos (on own).

iDevice Workshop:

The Women’s Committee is also providing an iDevice workshop for all iphone and ipad users. The workshop will take place at the CCFB Auditorium on March 12th starting at 6p.m. The workshop is FREE to all Farm bureau members. Call the office at 352-5235 today to reserve your seat!

Earth Partners – Celebrates National Agriculture Week!

Friday March 6th, join us for Music of the Heartland!

Farm Bureau is selling discounted tickets until noon for $20!! You won’t want to miss out on this new opportunity with CCFB partnering with the CU Symphony. We invite everyone to attend. A photo taking opportunity will begin at 6:30p.m. with an antique tractor in the Krannert lobby! Seating will begin at 7p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30p.m.

Hot Topics:

WHERE’S THE BEEF - McDonald’s Corp.’s announcement that it will curb antibiotic use in its U.S. chicken products raises an obvious question: Where’s the antibiotic-free beef? Today’s Wall Street Journal reports sourcing beef is more complex and fragmented than for chicken.


ILLINOIS PRODUCTS - More than 70 Illinois food companies, wineries, and agriculture associations that will take part this weekend in the 17th annual Illinois Products Expo. The event will be held at the Orr Building on the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.


LOCAL NEWS IN DIGITAL AGE – A new Pew Research survey of three U.S. cities looks at how citizens use media and get local news.  The survey found nearly nine-in-ten residents follow local news closely—and about half do so very closely. TV and friends/neighbors are the two most popular methods of getting local information. Digital technology has impacted news habits in all three cities, but at different levels.


TOO SWEET - New guidelines from the World Health Organization says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their sugar intake to just 5 to 10 percent of their overall calories.


MCD’S ‘SUPERSIZE’ SHIFT ON CHICKEN  - McDonald’s USA said Wednesday that it will start using chicken raised without certain antibiotics and sell milk from cows not treated with an artificial growth hormone, its latest changes to appeal to more health-conscious customers.

    (Wall Street Journal, 3/5) – McDonald’s Corp. did not unveil plans to stop purchasing beef from cattle raised with antibiotics used to treat humans. The same is true for the pork that goes into its sausage patties and Egg McMuffins.


SENATE CAN’T OVERRIDE OBAMA VETO OF KEYSTONE  – The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to construct the Keystone IL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy.


NEW SEASON FOR HUNTING LICENSES STARTS APRIL 1  – Illinois officials are reminding hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to renew their state licenses. The new license year begins April 1 for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation. 


U.N. WARNS OF TOO MUCH SUGAR  – New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone’s sugar high. The U.S. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day – an amount that could be exceeded with a single can of soda.


OIL TO REMAIN CHEAP  – Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson expects the price of oil to remain low over the next two years because of ample global supplies and relatively weak economic growth.  The price of oil plunged in the second half of 2014 when it became apparent that production was outpacing global demand.  Weakening economic conditions in China, Japan and Europe slowed the growth in oil demand.




ALL Members, the last opportunity to play euchre will be March 8th, this Sunday; ALL Farm Bureau members are welcome to attend.


Support the Unity FFA Chapter through this Alumni event!



Mark Your Calendar!

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 FROM 09:00AM TO 11:00AM

Women's Committee

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


MARCH 9, 2015 FROM 07:00PM TO 09:00PM

Marketing Club - 2015 Crop Insurance

Extension Conference Room

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

Prime Timers

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


Marketing Club Changes!

March 9th, Crop insurance with Gary Schnitkey will be held at the Extension office in their conference room at 7p.m.

The Spring Outlook will be held at Farm Credit at 6:30p.m. with refreshments provided


Today in History

·      1836   Texan volunteers are defeated at The Alamo

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·      1964   New world record for the mile (3 minutes 56 seconds) set by Tom O'hara.

·      1981   Walter Cronkite's last CBS Evening News Broadcast