The Friday Leader
News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau
News for the Week Ending Friday, June 5, 2015
Trip to Springfield
Above: The Champaign County Farm Bureau visited the Capitol in Springfield a few weeks ago to speak with legislators and keep agricultural issues on their “radar”. Above Eric Suits, Nancy Strunk and Dale Tharp are pictured with CCFB’s adopted legislator, Greg Harris.
June 28th at 4:30p.m.-7p.m. FB Connect will be offering FREE miniature golf at Old Orchard Lanes, Open to all! Bring the family, invite some friends and enjoy our Post-Planting Fun Night!
It’s Not Too Late!
Countryside 10K will take place tomorrow morning at 8a.m. at Witt Park in Sidney, IL. Interested? Register today or up until 7:45a.m. tomorrow!
PULL 4 AG: July 11th, Competition from 8a.m. – noon. Lunch provided! Grab some friends (team up to 4 people) and join us for a day of fun in Oakland! Call the office for more information: 352-5235
This Week’s Hot Topics
· FRACKING’S HARM TO WATER NOT WIDESPREAD, EPA SAYS– Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, isn’t causing widespread harm to the nation’s drinking water, the Obama administration said in a long-awaited report released Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency, after a four-year study, concluded that the way fracking was being carried out by industry and regulated by states isn’t having “systemic impacts” on drinking water.
– The study found specific instances where poorly constructed drilling wells or improper waste-water management affected drinking water, but the number of cases was small compared to the large number of wells that use fracking.
· G3 GLOBAL CONSIDERING UP TO 10 NEW GRAIN ELEVATORS, TWO NEW PORT TERMINALS– G3 Global Grain Group is considering building up to 10 grain elevators and two new port terminal in Canada to accommodate growing exports of Canadian wheat and canola, particularly to Asia. G3 Global, a new joint venture between U.S. grain trader Bunge Ltd and Saudi Agricultural & Livestock Investment Co., invested $200.1 million in April for a majority stake in Canada’s former wheat monopoly, the Canadian Wheat Board.
· NEW LEADER PICKED– State Farm President and COO Michael Tipsord will become CEO in September, bringing the “end of an era” of having a Rust in charge of Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance. Ed Rust Jr. will remain as chairman of the board.
· IMF TO FED: HOLD OFF ON HIKE– The Federal Reserve should wait until the first half of 2016 before raising interest rates because inflation remains too low and the recovering economy is still vulnerable, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday in its annual review of the U.S. economy.
· INTEREST RATES – The International Monetary Fund is urging the Federal Reserve to defer raising interest rates until there are greater signs of wage or price inflation than are currently evident. That’s likely early 2016.
· BUDGET BATTLE - Gov. Bruce Rauner told his Cabinet members Wednesday that their jobs are about to become "even harder" because state agencies need to prepare for "the very real possibility" that they will have to run government without a budget amid an escalating standoff with Democrats who control the legislature.
· TOP FARMER CONFERENCE - Faculty from the Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture and University of Illinois farmdoc team, along with industry experts, will discuss key farm management strategies for the changing business environment at the annual Purdue Top Farmer Conference, July 9-10 in West Lafayette.
· VOTING PATTERNS - Three-quarters of millennials interviewed for a new research report say lack of information about candidates for local office is among the biggest reasons they chose not to vote in local elections. Forty percent of participants said there wasn’t enough news coverage of local elections.
· FOOD TRENDS – PepsiCo is launching a new soda fountain machine for restaurants this summer with "craft" flavors. The soda line, called "Stubborn Soda," will be naturally flavored and sweetened with cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup.
Mark Your Calendar!
JUNE 6, 2015 FROM 08:00AM TO 12:00PM
113 Witt Park Road
Sidney , IL 61877
JUNE 8, 2015 FROM 09:00AM TO 11:00AM
801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821
JUNE 11, 2015 FROM 10:00AM TO 12:00PM
801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821
JUNE 15, 2015 FROM 09:30AM TO 11:00AM
801 N Country Fair Dr
Champaign, IL 61821
RIDING FROM THE GROUND UP!
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Safe to Operate: Tractor Safety Checklist
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses attention on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. To recognize National Safety Month, Illinois Farm Bureau focuses on ways we can make every aspect of our work and home lives safer for all. Join us, along with the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations across the country, as we work to raise awareness of what it takes to stay safe.
Accident prevention must be a top priority on farms today, especially when operating machinery like farm tractors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 750 farm workers are accidentally killed each year, and more than half of these fatalities are tractor related.1
“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of staying alert and following your equipment manufacturer’s guidelines for safe operation,” says Dan Danford, Case IH PR & Sponsorships Manager. “Case IH agricultural equipment is designed and built with safety in mind, but in the end it’s up to the operator to ensure the equipment is in good condition and utilized safely.”
Danford and his teammates at Case IH strive to prevent accidents and injuries related to tractor use. “Our goal is zero on-farm fatalities. We can reach this goal by working together to ensure safe practices.”
What measures do you take to ensure your tractors and other equipment are safe to operate? Take control of your own safety by performing regular tractor inspections. The following tractor safety checklist, provided by the AgriLife Extension of the Texas A&M System, can help you determine whether your tractor is in proper condition for operation.
1. Roll-over Protection Structure (ROPS). Is the tractor equipped with a ROPS in good condition?
Tractor rollovers are the single deadliest type of injury incident on farms in the United States.2 Even veteran drivers are at risk of rollovers: experienced operators are involved in 80% of all tractor rollovers, according to Penn State Extension.2
Fortunately, the use of ROPS and a seat belt is estimated to be 99% effective in preventing death or serious injury in the event of a tractor rollover.2 Protect yourself and your workers by ensuring your ROPS is in good condition. It should be replaced if the tractor has rolled over or if the ROPS has more than minor damage.
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2. Guards/Shields. Are guards and shields including the master Power Take-Off (PTO) shield in place and securely fastened?
Repair or replace loose, broken, or missing shields before operating the tractor. If missing guards or shields expose an operating PTO, operators are at risk for entanglement around the spinning shaft.
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3. Seat safety switch. Is the seat safety switch connected and functional to prevent the tractor from being “jumped started” from the ground?
These safety devices require the tractor operator to be sitting in the seat before the tractor will start, thus preventing tractor run-over accidents. Tractor run-overs are the second most frequent cause of tractor-related deaths on farms.
4. Brake system. Are the brakes properly adjusted and the fluid level correct?
Poorly maintained and maladjusted brakes prohibit safe driving up and down hills, on curved paths, and on public roadways. Make sure left and right brakes can be locked together during high-speed highway travel.
5. Tire pressure. Is the air pressure in each tire appropriate according to the tire manufacturer’s recommendations?
Inflation requirements can be located on the outside of the tire around the rim or in the tractor’s operator manual. Also, check the tires for major cuts and cracks.
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6. Lights/signals. Are all headlights, flashers, and brake lights working correctly, clean, and visible to other drivers?
Farm tractors are required to have two forward facing headlights and a red taillight that burns continuously. This taillight must be visible from 500 feet under normal conditions and mounted on the far left side of the tractor.
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7. Hydraulic system. Are all hydraulic hoses and connections free from leaks and hydraulic levels correct?
Be sure to check front-end loader and three-point hitch hydraulic systems under load situations. Failure to detect hydraulic leaks can result in serious injuries to operators and bystanders when front-end loaders and implements lose energy and fall.
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8. Steering system. Does the tractor steer and react properly when negotiating turns and roading? Is the steering fluid level correct?
Tractors that have a tendency to pull to the left or right are more susceptible to accidents while roading. Poor steering may also signal uneven tire pressure, tire damage, and/or problems with the brake system.
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9. Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem. Does the tractor have a clean SMV emblem located at the rear of the tractor visible by other drivers?
Maintain SVM emblems. Exposure to sunlight causes the reflective material to fade, reducing its effectiveness.
10. Cleanliness. Are the steps and cab area free from mud, dirt, ice, oil, or any other combustible object or fluid?
Excessive mud, dirt and ice will reduce traction on mounting steps, potentially causing the operator to fall from the tractor. Spilled fuel, oil and grease can cause poor traction in the operator’s station and pose a substantial fire hazard.
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11. Fire extinguisher. Is the tractor equipped with at least one 10-pound fire extinguisher securely fastened inside the cab or operator’s station?
Optimally, two fire extinguishers should be mounted: one fastened inside the cab or operator’s station, and one mounted so that it may be accessed from the ground. Invert the extinguishers once or twice a season, and shake them to ensure that powder inside the extinguisher hasn't compacted with tractor vibration over time.
12. First aid kit. Is the tractor equipped with a first aid kit securely fastened inside the cab or operator’s station?
At a minimum, kits should include an assortment of bandages, gauze, antiseptics, disposable rubber gloves (various sizes), and empty plastic bags of various sizes.
Illinois Farm Bureau members save $500 per unit on Case IH Maxxum® tractors, Farmall® C and U series utility and 100A series tractors, self-propelled windrowers and large square balers. A $300 per unit incentive is available for Case IH compact Farmall® B and C series tractors, Case IH Scout® utility vehicles and other hay tools, including round balers, small square balers, disc mower conditioners and sickle mower conditioners. Combine the Farm Bureau incentive with other discounts, promotions, rebates, or offers that may be available from Case IH or a Case IH dealer. Case IH and your Farm Bureau are working together to make your off-road experience both safe and economical.
CCFB Writes Check to Food Bank
Above: The CU Symphony and Farm Bureau effort that took place in March had a photo opportunity to all concert goers. Above Kristen Bosch and Jim Hires of the Eastern Illinois Food Bank receive a $400 check from Joe Madden (of the CU Symphony) and Brad Uken (of CCFB).
Today in History
· 1967 Six-Day War begins between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.
· 1968 U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot
· 1977 The Apple II, one of the first useful PCs, goes on sale.
· 2004 President Ronald Reagan dies.