The Friday Leader
News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau
News for the Week Ending Friday, May 29, 2015
CCFB thanks you for your continued support and dedication to WOTUS. For further action please look below for actions outlined by
Adam Nielsen, Illinois Farm Bureau.
WOTUS FOLLOW-UP - Agriculture groups and farm-state lawmakers reacted with sharp criticism Wednesday after the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers released the final rule redefining which waters of the U.S. can be regulated under the Clean Water Act. IFB’s Adam Nielsen outlined some actions you can take:
• Call the White House Comment Line at 202-456-1111 and tell them that you are a farmer trying to improve water quality and NOT a polluter.
• Go to the Legislative Action Center and urge both Sen. Durbin and Sen. Kirk to cosponsor and support S. 1140.
This Week’s Hot Topics
· AG GROUPS AID VETERANS– About 100 people attended the launch of Homegrown By Heroes, which identifies resources for veterans so they can form partnerships and collaborate with agriculture leaders. The program which started in Kentucky in 2013, is part of the Farmers Veteran Coalition. “This is a great program that helps our veterans wanting to pursue food, farming and agricultural careers,” said Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti.
· DIGGER, DOZER, DUMPER: RENTALS TAKE OVER CONSTRUCTION– Rather than purchase large heavy equipment, many construction companies are renting equipment for much of their needs. Renting heavy equipment has grown more popular partly because of uncertainty over the economic outlook, said Frank Manfredi, an industry consultant. The share of U.S. construction equipment owned by rental companies last year reached 54 percent.
· METRO PEORIA JOBLESS RATE FALLS– The unemployment rate for metro Peoria dropped to 5.3 percent in April, the lowest rate for that month since 2008, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Unemployment rates in percentages in Illinois include: Bureau, 5.1; Fulton, 6.3; Knox, 5.1; McLean, 3.9; Putnam, 5.3; Tazewell, 5.0, and Woodford, 4.0.
· HAS THE TIME COME TO RAISE THE GAS TAX IN ILLINOIS?– It’s the last thing you want to hear, but if you like roads without potholes, you might want to listen. For every gallon of gas pumped in Illinois, 19 cents goes to repair, maintain and build roads. That was more than $1.1 billion in motor fuel taxes for 2014 that was poured into the state’s piggy bank, as well as $774 million of sales taxes on fuel. Illinois has not adjusted its per-gallon tax rate in 25 years.
· EPA ISSUES WATER RULES– Drinking water for 117 million Americans will be protected under new government rules shielding small streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution and development, the Obama administration said Wednesday. “…The Illinois Farm Bureau is currently reviewing the EPA’s final ruling in detail, however, we believe this new regulation will cause greater confusion and new legal liabilities for farmers and land owners,…” said IFB President Richard Guebert Jr.
· ROAD SCHOLARS– Before Tuesday, Walter Cahue never had been on a farm. But the fourth-grader from Calmeca Academy of Dual Language and Fine Arts in Chicago toured two of them as part of the Livingston County Farm Bureau Young Leaders adopted classroom program.
· In its fifth year, the programs brings agriculture into the urban classroom and teaches children where their food originates. On Tuesday, more than 100 students toured the Blunier hog farm near Forrest and then traveled to the Kilgus dairy farm near Fairbury.
· GORDYVILLE’S BACK IN HORSE-SHOW BIZ– A local auction and event facility is opening again after horses that performed their earlier this month tested positive for a contagious virus. Gordyville in Champaign County, will host a horse show this weekend. A Gordyville spokesperson said the affected area has been disinfected.
· JOHN DEERE PAVILION UPDATING DISPLAYS– The John Deere Pavilion is updating several equipment displays and its Discovery Zone in Moline. A full renovation is planned for the Discovery Zone, an area designed for younger children. The zone will reopen June 11 with eight new exhibits.
· ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SUE OVER ILLIANA APPROVAL– Illinois environmental groups have filed a lawsuit over the proposed Illiana Tollway. The groups claim federal approval relied on faulty information and didn’t adequately consider environmental impacts.
· WOTUS RULE – EPA and the Corps of Engineers has unveiled their final rule on Waters of the U.S. It’s nearly 300 pages in length, and will take days to review its potential impacts. Check out our coverage on FarmWeekNow.com.
· ONE VOTER, ONE VOTE - The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide next year whether the Constitution requires only eligible voters be counted when forming legislative districts, taking up a lawsuit that could shift political power to less populous rural areas from urban centers. During the 1960’s, the court ruled that legislative districts must be based on total population. http://on.wsj.com/1cYYBV0
· HORSE PARK - The owners of an East St. Louis casino plan to purchase the struggling Fairmount Park racetrack, provided Illinois lawmakers agree to allow a gambling expansion that would bring slot machines to the state's five horse racing venues.
· INTERNET TRENDS – Venture capitalist Mary Meeker gave her annual State of the Internet report this week. Here’s how Meeker sets the stage: Two-thirds of a generation into the Internet, there were 2.8 billion users as of 2014, up from 35 million in 1995.
Mark Your Calendar!
MAY 30, 2015 (ALL DAY EVENT)
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Josephine's Tea Room
6109 Godfrey Road
Godrey , IL 62035
· JUNE 1, 2015 FROM 06:30PM TO 08:30PM
Marketing Club- Kurt Kimmel with Bates Commodities
801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821
· JUNE 3, 2015 FROM 09:00AM TO 11:00AM
Premier Ladies Marketing
· JUNE 4, 2015 FROM 07:00PM TO 09:00PM
Young Ag Leaders
801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821
· June 6, 2015 8a.m.
WITT PARK Sidney, IL
· June 20, 2015 9a.m. – 3p.m.
Riding From the Ground Up
**Call Office to register!
· June 28, 2015 4:30p.m. -7p.m.
*FREE* Miniature Golf
Old Orchard Lanes
DO you have a horse?! Interested in learning more technique and tips!?
Email: David@ccfarmbureau.com today!!
Champaign County Farm Bureau Communications Committee is starting a blog on our website! What do we need?? We need CCFB members to email us photos taken by members, planting, at the shed/shop, “my day off”, family etc. with a short caption to add to our new blog! Please send all photos and captions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference, please visit: http://www.ccfarmbureau.com/news-and-updates/ccfb-blog
Today in History
· 1453 Ottoman armies capture Constantinople ending the Byzantine Empire.
· 1848 Wisconsin is admitted as the 30th U.S. state.
· 1935 Construction of Hoover Dam is completed.
· 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay are the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
· 1977 Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.