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Friday Leader 4-17-15
April 20, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

The Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, April 17, 2015


Women’s Committee Spring Fling – Thank you!

Thank you to all who participated in the Women’s Committee Spring Fling! The program included a presentation on Pollinators with Sandy Mason, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Educator, with Unit 13 Extension, A singing performance by the Sweet Adeline’s and a fashion show provided by the Dress Barn.





Happy Planting!


Be safe this spring while traveling, slow down and share the road with your fellow farmers!

Hot Topics:

McDONALD’S TURNAROUND - Pessimism has grown among some McDonald’s Corp. franchisees about the fast-food giant’s efforts to reverse lagging sales and rebuild its damaged image, according to the latest survey of franchisees by Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski.


DELAYING RATE HIKE - A patch of soft economic data has created uncertainty inside the Federal Reserve about when to start raising short-term interest rates, reducing the probability of a move by midyear.


GRAY WOLF - What authorities think is a gray wolf is undergoing testing after it was found dead along Interstate 55 near Dwight. Chris Young, a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said “a probable wolf” was picked up by an Illinois Conservation Police officer on April 10.


ESTATE TAX REPEAL– The House voted Thursday to repeal the federal estate tax.  Supporters said the tax prevents small-business owners and farmers from passing businesses on to their heirs. The bill now goes to the Senate.


CONSERVATION PROJECT– Portions of Iroquois, Ford and Livingston counties will be part of efforts to help reduce the loss of ag fertilizer into the Mississippi River watershed.


TRADE DEAL - Key congressional leaders agreed on Thursday on legislation to give President Obama special authority to finish negotiating one of the world’s largest trade accords, opening a rare battle that aligns the president with Republicans against a broad coalition of Democrats.


SEARCH SHAKEUP - Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.


SCIENCE VS. FEAR - If you eat food or like science, you may be aware of the current dispute between Food Babe and Science Babe. Food Babe, essentially, never met a multi-syllabic ingredient she could bring herself to like. Wired magazine takes a look at the ongoing debate.


McDONALD’S WOES – Today’s Wall Street Journal reports pessimism has grown among some McDonald’s franchisees about the fast-food giant’s efforts to reverse lagging sales and rebuild its damaged image. The franchisees are not happy with recent actions, including plans to curtail antibiotic use in chickens.


PRODUCE OUTLOOK - The California drought continues into 2015—as of March, 42 percent of the State is classified under the exceptional drought rating. Despite these conditions, U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable price inflation is expected to be close to its historical average in 2015.


NEWSPAPERS VS. TAXIS - Ken Doctor finds a useful analogy between the taxicab/Uber war and the newspaper business, asserting that papers too closely follow the cab model compared to the more frictionless disruptor Uber. 


NAMA WIN - The National Agri-Marketing Association this week honored its student chapter at Illinois State University as best in the nation. Check out the story Saturday on


Great Opportunity!!


Mark Your Calendar!

APRIL 20, 2015 FROM 09:30AM TO 11:00AM

Lady Landowners – With Mike Daab (Director of Natural Resources) with Champaign County Park District

Speaking on: Invasive plants

All Lady Landowner’s are welcome to attend

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821

Today in History

·       In 1492, a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.

·       In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.

·       In 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Lochner v. New York, struck down, 5-4, a New York State law limiting the number of hours that bakers could be made to work. (This ruling was effectively overturned in 1937 by the high court’s West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish decision.)

·       In 1924, the motion picture studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was founded, the result of a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Co.

·       In 1937, Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” directed by Tex Avery.

·       In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany during World War II.

·       In 1964, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world as she returned to Columbus, Ohio, after 29 1/2 days in her Cessna 180. Ford Motor Co. unveiled the Mustang at the New York World’s Fair. The first game was played at New York’s Shea Stadium; the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Mets, 4-3.

·       In 1970, Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft while en route to the moon.