The Friday Leader
News from the Champaign County Farm Bureau
News for the Week Ending Friday, August 28th, 2015
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This Week’s Hot Topics
· TOWNSHIP DISSOLUTION - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a bill that permits the dissolution of Belleville Township without a vote of residents. The township shares a name and boundaries with the southern Illinois city and only provides general assistance.
· WOTUS UPDATE – A North Dakota federal judge has temporarily halted the Waters of the US rule in several states -- but not in Illinois. The rule is now in effect here, EPA says. Check out Monday’s FarmWeek and FarmWeekNow.com for further details.
· FARM ASSETS - With a value of $2.38 trillion, farm real estate (land and structures) accounted for 81 percent of the total value of U.S. farm sector assets in 2014. USDA will issue a new land ownership report next week that will include new trends on rented acreage.
· SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS - A new Pew Research Center analysis finds that a similar share of men and women say they used social networking sites this year, consistent with what we found in 2014. Some 73% of online men use social media, which is on par with the 80% of online women who say they do so. Check Twitter and Facebook for IFB updates from the Farm Progress Show next week.
· JUDGE BLOCKS EPA WATER RULE– A federal judge on Thursday blocked an Obama administration rule, set to go into effect Friday, that seeks to put more small bodies of water and wetlands under federal protection to ensure clean drinking supplies. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against implementation of the regulation, saying a group of 13 states was likely to succeed in their lawsuit challenging the Environmental protection Agency regulation as unlawful.
· OIL POSTS BIGGEST JUMP IN YEARS – 10 PERCENT– U.S. oil prices soared 10 percent, as a rally in Chinese and U.S. stocks and better-than-expected U.S. economic data prompted a rush by traders to bail out of bearish bets that the market would fall. The benchmark U.S. oil contract rose $3.96 to settle at $42.56 a barrel.
· MCDONALD’S CUTS TIES WITH FARM – McDonald’s Corp and Tyson Foods Inc. have made moves to cut ties with a Tennessee chicken farm after an animal-rights group on Thursday released video footage from the facility that showed chickens being stabbed, clubbed and crusted to death. Mercy for Animals said it documented animal abuse and inhumane conditions at T&S Farms in Dukedom, Tenn.
· SUMMER WORK NICKS JULY JOBLESS RATE– Two hundred fewer people had jobs in July in McLean County, mainly because of fewer education jobs during the summer. McLean County’s unemployment rate in July was 4.7 percent, well below the state average of 5.9 percent. Unemployment rates in other counties in percent include: DeWitt, 5.2; Livingston, 5.4; Logan, 5.2; Tazewell, 6; and Woodford, 4.9.
· REBOUND PICKS UP STEAM– The Dow, which looked down and out this week on global growth fears, is riding its best two-day percentage gain since late 2008. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 369.26 points to 16,654.77.
Thank you to all who responded to the FB ACT Request on S. 1140. Adam Nielsen of Illinois Farm Bureau sent the following this morning giving detail.
· BIG DAY OF ACTION -- Thank you for your strong response to yesterday’s Call to Action in support of S. 1140, the bill that would force the EPA and Corps of Engineers to withdraw and rewrite the rule before the end of next year. Phones were ringing off the hook and email boxes were filling up yesterday in DC. With the rule taking effect today in most of the country, it was another timely reminder to our Senators and their staffs that WOTUS is of deep concern to Illinois farmers and that it’s time for the Senate to follow the House’s lead and put bipartisan legislation to withdraw WOTUS on the President’s desk. Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Virginia Farm Bureaus also took part in yesterday’s action request.
· KIRK WILL COSPONSOR S. 1140 -- As a result of the action request, I have great news to report. Sen. Kirk’s staff indicated that Kirk will cosponsor S. 1140 when Congress returns September 8!
· WOTUS TAKES EFFECT TODAY IN IL -- In the courts, two of the three federal district court judges in Georgia and West Virginia refused to block WOTUS from taking effect. One of the cases was brought by a coal company, the other by a group of 12 states. A third federal court judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of WOTUS in 13 states west of the Mississippi. In his ruling, Judge Ralph Erickson said his review of internal agency documents “reveals a process that is inexplicable, arbitrary, and devoid of a reasoned process.” EPA and the Corps insist that any legal challenges to WOTUS be heard in the DC Court of Appeals, not in federal district court. As for Illinois and the rest of the country, EPA announced “the rule is effective August 28.”
· FARMERS NEED KNOW WOTUS ON THEIR FARMS – Please help farmers better understand WOTUS on their farms by disseminating this helpful and informative piece from AFBF.
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Today in History
· 1565 St. Augustine, Florida, established. It is the oldest surviving European settlement in the United States.
· 1898 Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink Pepsi-Cola
· 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his famous I have a dream speech.
· 1972 Mark Spitz gets his first of seven Olympic gold medals in swimming.