News & Updates

Friday Leader April 3, 2015
April 6, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

The Easter Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

NOTICE: The Champaign County Farm Bureau Office Will Be CLOSED Tomorrow (April 3rd) In Observance of Good Friday**

Thank you!!

On behalf of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, we want to thank everyone who came out to support/volunteer in Gifford last weekend with the tree planting and the “Let’s Keep Growing” effort. Below is a photo of volunteers last Friday when it snowed!


This Week’s Hot Topics

·       GMOS MAY BRING HEALTHIER OPTIONS – With recent government approval of potatoes that don’t bruise and apples that don’t turn brown, a new generation of genetically modified foods is headed to grocery shelves. What could be next? Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils, are among other products that could receive government approval in the coming years.


·       CALIFORNIA CLAMPS DOWN ON WATER USE– California’s long-running drought officially has reached crisis mode, with Gov. Jerry Brown ordering statewide water reductions for the first time ever. Much of the crackdown will focus on irrigation of lawns and other outdoor landscapes, state officials said. Brown’s goal is to reduce overall water use in the state by 25 percent during the next nine months.


·       RAUNER SCHEDULES SPECIAL ELECTION TO REPLACE SCHOCK– Gov. Bruce Rauner has called for a special election to fill the vacancy caused by former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s resignation. Rauner’s office wants a special primary election held on June 8 and a special election on July 24.


·       ADM ANNOUNCES PLAN TO FIGHT DEFORESTATION – Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world’s largest commodities suppliers, has joined the growing number of major agriculture and food companies promising to take steps to conserve forests that are threatened by the global demand for commodities like palm oil and soy.  ADM said it would work with the Forest Trust, a nonprofit group that helps companies reduce the impact of their supply chains on the environment.


·       UNEMPLOYMENT RATES IMPROVE LOCALLY AND STATEWIDE– A rebounding economy has helped jobless rates continue to improve in McLean County and throughout Illinois.  McLean County’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in February down from 6.7 percent in February 2014.  Jobless rates in other areas (in percentages) include: Champaign, 5.2; Decatur, 7.3; Peoria, 6.6; Rockford, 7.0, and Springfield, 5.6.   

·       SMARTPHONE USAGE – Pew Research says nearly two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults own a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011. Three-quarters of smartphone owners reported using their phone for social media, while 60% took pictures or a video, and more than half (55%) got news on their smartphone at least once over the course of the one-week survey period.


·       CASH INCOME DOWN - After historically high average net cash farm income (NCFI) in 2012 and 2013, average NCFI is expected to decline 22.7 percent in 2014F-15F for U.S. farm businesses (defined as farms with annual gross cash farm income greater than $350,000), the lowest level since 2010-11.


·       IOWA FARMLAND - An acre of high-quality cropland in Iowa lost $1,737 in value - a 15-percent decrease - in the past year and a half, according to data from the Iowa Realtors Land Institute. The institute says high-quality cropland was worth an average $9,924 in March, compared to $11,661 in September 2013, when the skid began.


·       FRACKING POLL - Almost half of Illinois voters – 48.6 percent - tend to oppose hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” because of concerns about the environment, according to a new poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. By contrast, 31.8 percent believe that fracking should be encouraged for its economic benefits, and 20 percent are not sure about the issue.


·       WHEN DO YOU GET UP – A new study by Edison Research finds by 5:30 a.m., one in five people are awake. The peak time for waking up is between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Twenty-three percent of the survey rises in that half-hour.





Mark Your Calendar!

·    APRIL 6, 2015 FROM 07:00PM TO 09:00PM

Marketing Club – Merrill Crowley

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


·    APRIL 9, 2015 FROM 10:00AM TO 12:00PM

Prime Timers – Speaker: John and Carole Mitchell (Festive Tour of Germany)

Entertainment: LOGAN KIRBY

CCFB Auditorium
801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign , IL 61821


·       April 13, 2015 From 9:30AM – Noon

Women’s Committee Meeting – Over Counter Pharmacist

CCFB Auditorium


·    APRIL 15, 2015 FROM 10:00AM TO 1:00PM

Women's Committee Spring Fling

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


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

Lady Landowners – Mike Daab (Invasive Plants)

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821



Great Opportunity!!!







Congratulations to Our Winners!


Winners of the Plat Map Wall Map Drawing: Stanley Wolken & Francis Yeats!

Winners of the Antique Toy Tractor Drawing at the CU Symphony: Joe Warfel, Dee Feickert and Laura Haber!


Today in History

April 2nd

1513   Juan Ponce de Leon sets foot on Florida becoming the first known European to do so.

1902   The first movie theater opens in the US.