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Friday Leader May 1, 2015
May 3, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

 Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, May 1, 2015



Happy May Day!

Who celebrates this day?


This day is celebrated throughout the world. In many countries it is a major holiday such as the United Kingdom, India, Romania, Sweden, and Norway. In many countries the day is celebrated as Labor Day.


What do people do to celebrate?


Celebrations differ around the world. There are many traditions for day. Here are a few:

England - May Day has a long history and tradition in England. The day is celebrated with music and dancing. Perhaps the most famous part of the celebration is the Maypole. Children dance around the Maypole holding onto colorful ribbons. Many people use flowers and leaves to make hoops and hair garlands as well. A lot of towns also crown a May Queen on this day.

Walpurgis Night - Some countries celebrate the night before May Day called Walpurgis Night. These countries include Germany, Sweden, Finland, and the Czech Republic. The celebration is named after English missionary Saint Walpurga. People celebrate with large bonfires and dancing.

Scotland and Ireland - Long ago in the Middle Ages the Gaelic people of Scotland and Ireland celebrated the festival of Beltane. Beltane means "Day of Fire". They had large bonfires and dancing at night to celebrate. Some people are starting to celebrate Beltane again.

History of May Day


May Day has changed throughout history. In Greek and Roman times it was a day to celebrate spring and specifically the goddesses over spring. In early Gaelic times as well as in pre-Christian times in Scandinavia, May Day was also a day to celebrate the coming of Spring. When Christianity came to Europe and England, May Day became intertwined with Easter and other Christian celebrations.


In the 1900s May Day became a day to celebrate labor in many communist and socialist countries. They would celebrate the worker as well as the armed forces on this day. Later the day would become a Labor Day in many countries throughout the world.


Fun Facts About May Day

In Ancient Greece they celebrated the Festival of Chloris. She was the goddess of flowers and spring. The Ancient Romans had a similar festival in honor of the goddess Flora.

Morris Dancers in England wear hats decorated with flowers, suspenders, and ankle bells. They stomp their feet, wave handkerchiefs, and bang sticks together when they dance.

One traditional May Day dance in England is called the Cumberland Square.

A Maypole stands all year long in Inkwell England. It has been there since 1894.

Maypoles were sometimes made from old ship's masts.



IFB Action Request to WOTUS

CCFB appreciates everyone’s interest in the recent IFB Action Request on WOTUS, HR 1732 – Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. The U.S. House of Representatives adjourned today without voting on H.R. 1732. The Champaign County Farm Bureau will be waiting when the house is back in session to take action on this request, as IFB is leaving the request open at the moment. If you would like to respond to this request, please feel free to do so. If you have, or planning to, respond to the request PLEASE call the CCFB office, or email me at:, so we can call in our participation. Also, please stay tuned when the request does happen.

Congressional staff anticipates the bill being on the floor during the week of May 11, as the U.S. House reconvenes on the 12th.

Adam Nielsen Wrote: A bipartisan group of Senators yesterday introduced S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act.  The Senate bill is similar to H.R. 1732 in that it would force EPA to withdraw and rewrite the proposed WOTUS rule with the direct input of state agencies and stakeholders like agriculture, county governments, home builders, and others.  But the Senate bill takes an additional step in defining what can and can’t be regulated.   The focus is on protecting the quality of what we would consider “navigable waters” like drainage tile, isolated ponds,  drainage ditches or streams that don’t have enough flow to carry pollutants to navigable waters.    
IFB have asked Sen. Durbin and Sen. Kirk to cosponsor the bill.   I will set up a “campaign” on the Legislative Action Center early next week so members can contact their Senators and ask them to cosponsor  S. 1140.

Hot Topics:

TANK CAR RULES – The Wall Street Journal reports U.S. and Canadian transportation regulators will issue tough new rules for railroads hauling crude oil and ethanol that require trains be equipped with faster-acting electronic brake systems. Tank cars will also need to be sturdier than current models.


RURAL POVERTY - According to Census estimates, the poverty rate for children under 18 living in rural areas stood at 26.2 percent in 2013, more than four percentage points higher than the metro child poverty rate of 21.6 percent.


BIRD FLU UPDATE - Poultry specialists and the Illinois Department of Agriculture currently are working with farmers and the poultry industry to prevent an outbreak of HPAI in the state. “You’ve got to think about biosecurity, even for the small flocks,” says Andrew Larson, U of I small farms educator.


PODCASTS MORE POPULAR – As part of the Pew Research report on media trends, the firm looked at podcasts. Out of 2.6-billion podcast downloads in 2014, 63% were requested from mobile devices, compared to 43% in 2012.  You can find RFD® Radio Network podcasts on


ILLINOIS BRACING FOR FIRST REPORTS OF AVIAN FLU VIRUS– Early tests of backyard flocks in Illinois were negative for the avian flue virus that had resulted in the destruction of millions of birds nationwide.  State agriculture and University of Illinois poultry experts said Thursday they remain hopeful the state will remain free of the virus. The virus is thought to spread to domestic flocks through contact with migrating waterfowl, though researchers are looking into the possibility of an airborne virus.


DOWNSTATE LAWMAKERS WILL PUSH FOR ILLINOIS CORN INCENTIVES– A bipartisan group of downstate lawmakers said Thursday that they will pursue legislation this spring designed to encourage the use of Illinois coal in the state’s power plants.


DEBATE ABOUT FARMERS’ INSURANCE HEIGHTENS– Years of drenching rainstorms in several northern farm-belt states have caused payments under a popular type of government-subsidized crop insurance to nearly triple in the past decade, heightening debate about whether farmers should be compensated when they can’t plant their fields. Payments for “prevented plants” exceeded $2 billion annually in both 2011 and 2013 and are nearly $1 billion for 2014.


OBAMA CHOOSES CHICAGO TO HOST HIS PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY– President Barack Obama has chosen his hometown of Chicago to host his future presidential library. Obama’s library will be built on Chicago’s South Side, where the University of Chicago has proposed two potential sites not far from the Obama family’s home. It was unclear which of the two sites had been selected but an official announcement is expected soon.


REFINING IS A SALVE IN OIL BLOODBATH– Three years ago ConocoPhillips cut loose its refining and chemicals businesses to focus on the more profitable work of pumping oil and gas. Now the spinoff, Phillips 66, is the one throwing off higher profits. Refining is proving to be a rare bright spot in the energy industry, which has been struggling with oil prices that are 40 percent lower than they were a year ago.



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Today in History

·       1883   Buffalo Bill Cody put on his first Wild West Show.

·       1930   The planet Pluto is officially named.

·       1931   The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.

·       1941   Cheerios is first introduced.


Thank you and have a safe weekend!