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Friday Leader 6-11-15
June 14, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

The Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, June 12, 2015


Above: Enjoying a round of Ag Jeopardy during Follow the Farmstead today at Hale Park in Philo.

Couldn’t make it out today?? No worries, we will be there again tomorrow (Saturday June 13th) from 8a.m. – 2p.m.

Thank You!

Thank you to all who responded to the FB ACT Request to TPA. Adam Nielsen had the following to say:

The U.S. House voted 219-211 for Trade Promotion Authority, but overwhelmingly rejected Trade Adjustment Assistance (126-302) which was tied by rule to the TPA measure.   TAA provides benefits to those who lose their jobs because of trade.   

The defeat of TAA stops the progress of the trade agenda.

“Its defeat is the only way we will be able to slow down fast track,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The House will reconsider --  and must pass -- TAA before the package can move to the President for his signature.   In a rare move, Speaker Boehner moved to reconsider TAA and a re-vote reportedly could take place next week.

Motivated to kill the trade agenda, Democrats largely ignored President Obama’s morning trip to Capitol Hill and joined 158 Republicans in voting against TAA. 

“We are not done with this,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.    It is unclear what it would take to move TAA opponents – Democrats or Republicans – into the “yes” column. 

“The President has some work to do with his party to complete this process,” said House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan, who complimented Republicans and pro-trade Democrats for passing TPA.

A customs enforcement measure - -the final piece of the trade package – sailed through on  240-190 vote.

The call to action is suspended.    Everyone’s efforts are greatly appreciated.  I received some great feedback from offices.  Thank you!

We will provide an update next week on next steps in the process. 


TPA Roll Call

Yes (8)– Bost, Rodney Davis, Dold, Hultgren, Kinzinger, Quigley, Roskam, and Shimkus

No (9)— Bustos, Danny Davis, Duckworth, Foster, Gutierrez, Kelly, Lipinski, Rush, and  Schakowsky

TAA Roll Call

Yes (8) – Bost, Rodney Davis, Dold, Foster, Kinzinger, Quigley, Roskam, and Shimkus

No (9) –  Bustos, Danny Davis, Duckworth, Gutierrez, Hultgren, Kelly, Lipinski, Rush, and Schakowsky

Have Questions?? Call us Today! 352-5235


This Week’s Hot Topics

·       TRADE FIGHT GOES TO THE WIRE – Supporters and foes of President Barack Obama’s bid to craft a sweeping Pacific trade deal waged furious, last-ditch campaigns hours before decisive votes set for Friday in the House. A victory would mark a triumph for the White House, Republican congressional leaders and the business community. It would deal a sharp blow to unions who have pulled out all stops to defeat the bill.


·       U OF I TO LEAD NEW CYBER SECURITY CENTER– The University Of Illinois will lead a new center that will try to help government and the business world strengthen cyber security. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will spend $20 million over five years on the new Critical Infrastructure Resilience Center of Excellence.


·       PBL GRAD IS SCHOOL’S 3RD TO BE STATE FFA PRESIDENT– Kade Hill, a 2015 graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, was elected state FFA president on Thursday. Hill is the third PBL alum to serve as president of Illinois FFA in recent years. Hill, the son of Robert and Rebecca Hill of rural Paxton, had been serving as Section 17 FFA president for the past year and has been on the Illinois FFA board of directors.


·       GLOBAL DEMAND FOR OIL IS INCREASING– Low oil prices and economic growth have helped drive up consumer demand for energy across the world in 2015, the International Energy Agency said Thursday. The IEA’s closely watched oil-market report stops short of forecasting higher prices, saying the market still faces a supply glut.


·       HOPS GROWERS RUSH TO MEET RISING DEMAND FROM CRAFT BREWERS– These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family’s farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees build trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow. “We’re riding a pretty good wave right now,” said St. Mary, whose Blackstar Ranch grows hops in 670 acres. Hops are in short supply because of the dramatic increase in the popularity of craft breweries


Mark Your Calendar!

JUNE 15, 2015 FROM 09:30AM TO 11:00AM

Lady Landowners – Gary Schnitkey (Land Pricing)

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821



JUNE 16, 2015 FROM 07:30AM TO 09:00AM

Legislative Committee – Rep. Carol Ammons

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821




Things My Mother Taught Me

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Road
Goodfield, IL 61742



JUNE 18, 2015 FROM 07:00PM TO 08:30PM

CCFB Board Meeting

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821



JUNE 18, 2015 FROM 05:00PM TO 07:00PM

Come Wine With Us

2202 S High Cross Road
Urbana, IL 61802



JUNE 20, 2015 FROM 09:00AM TO 03:00PM

Riding From the Ground Up - Equine Committee Event

Registration is filling fast – Call today!




Great Opportunity!!!




Today in History

June 12

·       1859   The Comstock Lode is discovered near Virginia City, Nevada.

·       1939   Opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame Cooperstown, New York.

·       1987   President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall

·       1991   Russians elect Boris Yeltsin as the president of their new republic.



Have a wonderful weekend!







David Fulton, Assistant Manager

Champaign County Farm Bureau


Phone: (217) 352-5235


“Champaign County Farm Bureau will strive to assist families in agriculture

by recognizing and responding to issues of concern while strengthening

partnerships and improving farm family life for this and future generations.”