News & Updates

Friday Leader 10-2-15
October 4, 2015 by: Lesley Gooding

The Friday Leader

News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau

News for the Week Ending Friday, October 2, 2015

Apples to Elevators

On Monday, the Women’s Committee delivered apples to over 20 local elevators in the county to offer a healthy snack to farmers! A big thank you to Darlene Uken for organizing the event and the volunteers who delivered the apples. Photo credit: FarmWeek

A Visit from FarmWeek

On Monday FarmWeek staff met with Champaign and Vermillion County Farm Bureau members to see what is happening in the counties. Below, Jeff Fisher gives an update to the FarmWeek staff on yields and compared to rain damage.


2015 Foundation Scholarship Gala

You’re invited to the 8th Annual CCFB Foundation Harvest Gala!  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  Click 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

ANIMAL WELFARE - A group of evangelical Christian leaders has launched an effort to educate people in the pews on a biblical imperative to take care of animals, including in agriculture. The initiative grew out of a meeting of faith leaders organized by the Humane Society of the United States in 2011.


WOTUS HEARING - Republican senators used a congressional hearing Wednesday to press an Army representative for an explanation on why the Corps of Engineers opted to support the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule despite opposition in some internal memos. Details at


CONAGRA MOVING TO CHICAGO - ConAgra is cutting about 1,500 jobs, or approximately 30 percent of its global, office-based workforce, and moving its headquarters to Chicago from Omaha, Nebraska, the company said Thursday. About 700 workers will be in Chicago starting next summer, including the company's senior leadership.


RAIL DEADLINE APPROACHING - Unable to comply with the looming Dec. 31 deadline for implementing positive train control, railroads are warning customers that they might stop rolling altogether—and soon, unless Congress gives them more time. Positive train control is a GPS-based train control system designed to prevent collisions and over-speed derailments.



CONGRESS AVERTS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN– Congress on Wednesday avoided a government shutdown by passing a bill that keeps the government running through mid-December, but leaves unresolved a divide over federal spending that threatens to resurface this winter with more perilous economic consequences. Congress now faces a Dec. 11 deadline to try to strike a longer-term budget deal.


AN ILLINOIS AUTO FACTORY GOES COLD– A Mitsubishi Motors Corp. factory in Normal, Ill., on the brink of closing would be a prize for several auto makers but for an unusual distinction: It employs unionized workers. The plant, churning out a sport-utility vehicle called the Outland Sport, is the only Japanese-owned factory in the U.S. with a unionized workforce. 


AMEREN TELLS INVESTORS ILLINOIS IS GREAT FOR UTILITIES– Ameren Corp. told Wall Street it will spending billions of dollars to give Illinois consumers a better power and gas delivery system because the Land of Lincoln generates the best return on its investment. Ameren, the corporate parent of the Ameren Illinois utility, is spending some $7.5 billion on electricity and natural gas delivery infrastructure in the state over the next four years.


AMTRAK TO INTRODUCE BAG FEES OF $20– Amtrak is boarding a baggage fee bandwagon that has generated billions in revenue for the airline industry. On Thursday, the passenger train operator will start charging $20 per passengers who exceed limits for carry-on and personal items. Customers are allowed to bring for free two personal items weighing up to 25 pounds and two carry-on bags weighing no more than 50 pounds each. The personal items might include a backpack, laptop, purse or other small bags.


Mark Your Calendar!

OCTOBER 8, 2015 AT 10:00AM

Prime Timers – Bob Holloway with Presence Medical Center (EMS System)

$8 to attend**

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


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

Know Your GMOs – Call the office today (to sign up)  and learn more about GMOs at this event!

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


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

Got a Will? – COUNTRY Financial

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


NOVEMBER 4, 2015 FROM 06:00PM TO 08:00PM

I-PAD/I-PHONE Workshop _ Call today to reserve your spot!

801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821


Great Opportunity!!!


Explore Your Future is a one-day program consisting of four facilitated, interactive sessions that help individuals who are 55+ envision the next phase of their lives, including pursuing civic involvement, lifelong learning and encore careers.

Explore Your Future will help you identify:

  • What has influenced me?
  • Who am I now?
  • How can I realize my dreams?
  • How do I create an engaged life?

Registration is $25 -The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14 at the SURS Office, 1901 Fox Drive, Champaign.

Includes lunch!




Today in History

October 2nd

·       1789   George Washington sends the Bill of Rights to the States for ratification.

·       1919   US President Woodrow Wilson is partially paralyzed after suffering a massive stroke

·       1924   The Geneva Protocol is adopted by the League of Nations.

·       1950   The comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published

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.”