News & Updates

Leader 9-25-15
September 29, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

The Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, September 25, 2015




For CCBF Foundation’s

8th Annual Harvest Gala!


You are cordially invited to attend our 8th Annual Harvest Gala.  This fundraiser is held in the highest regards in correlation with our mission of supporting Education in Agriculture through our Earth Partners and Scholarship Programs. This year’s event will be held on Friday, November 20th and you won’t want to miss it!


Friday, November 20, 2015

Pear Tree Estate

2150 CR 1000 E, Champaign, IL


5:30 P.M. Silent Auction & Cocktails

7:00 P.M. Dinner by L.A. Gourmet

7:30 P.M. Live Auction


Tickets are available at the Farm Bureau Office; mail the form below to the Farm Bureau office at 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite A. Champaign, IL 61821 or stop by the office to get your tickets today!  You may also order online at www.ccfbfoundation.comClick on Harvest Gala.  Tickets ordered in advance are $45.  Be sure to enter our Cash Raffle – Tickets available at the Farm Bureau Office.


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This Week’s Hot Topics

  • 2 STATE DIRECTORS RESIGN  – Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Philip Nelson and Illinois State Fair Director Patrick Patrick Buchen have resigned, the governor’s office announced Thursday. “We really appreciate the work Philip did as Director of Agriculture,” said Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr. “He put his heart and soul into the position. He wasn’t afraid to make tough decisions to put the Illinois Department of Agriculture in a position to be successful, even during these difficult financial times.”


  • CATERPILLAR STILL PLANS DOWNTOWN PROJECT – Caterpillar Inc. stated it still plans to construct a world headquarters campus in Downtown Peoria. But ‘now is not the time to start’ construction of the new headquarters.


  • YELLEN EXPECTS RATE HIKE THIS YEAR – Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen argued the case for raising short-term interest rates later this year, effectively lobbing a warning to skittish financial markets that last week’s decision to keep rates near zero wasn’t a shift toward a interminable delay of liftoff.


  • TRADERS BRACE FOR RULES CHANGES– Europe’s commodities traders are warning that new regulations set to be released within days could roil markets and push up costs for a range of essentials from crude oil to chocolate. The European Union is expected  to extend its authority over financial markets to firms that focus on trading in oil, farm products, industrial metals and a host of other commodities.


  • EARLY RETURNS– McLean County’s corn yields are expected to be 9 percent higher than the five-year average, but lower than last year’s record-setting crop. Ross Perkins, a farm manager with Soy Capital Ag Services in Bloomington, estimates the average corn yield in McLean County at 193.05 bushels per acre. This crop will be 13 percent lower than last year’s 222.6 estimated bushels per acre.

  • ILLINOIS COMPTROLLER CONCERNED ABOUT BILL BACKLOG–With a seemingly unending budget stalemate in Springfield, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger says the state is now about $6 billion behind on bills.



Mark Your Calendar!

OCTOBER 8, 2015 AT 10:00AM

Prime Timers – Bob Holloway Presence Hospital  

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821

OCTOBER 28, 2015 FROM 06:30PM TO 11:17AM

Know Your GMOs – CALL TODAY!

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821

OCTOBER 29, 2015 FROM 06:00PM TO 07:30PM

Got a Will?

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821

Great Opportunity!!!


Are YOU taking advantage of your membership benefits?
Have you had Italian food in a while? Do you like peach/blackberry/sweet/unsweet/green teas?? Dine in your next lunch at Za’s Italian Café! Every day, for Farm Bureau members, at Za’s Italian Café: Free Drink with purchase of entrée. Za’s also gives you the ability to customize your meal! Pizza, salads, soups, pastas and sandwiches/

(Market Place & Springfield Ave locations)