Piatt County Farm Bureau

LEADER PAGE - 12/14/2017

CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL REMAINS LOW – According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans’ approval of Congress averaged just 19 percent in 2017, a slight uptick from recent years, but still among the lowest historically. This year’s average rating marks the eighth consecutive year in which less than 20 percent of Americans have approved of Congress.


LAWMAKERS REACH DEAL ON TAX BILL – Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week. The agreement between House and Senate GOP members calls for a corporate tax rate of 21 percent – 1 percentage point higher than the 20 percent rate earlier proposed – and a tax cut for wealthy Americans, dropping the rate from 39.6 percent to 37 percent. (Reuters)


FCC TO REPEAL NET NEUTRALITY RULES – The FCC today is expected to vote along party lines to loosen Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules for internet providers. The 2015 regulations banned cable and telecom companies from blocking or slowing down any websites or apps, and prohibited broadband providers from striking special deals that would give some websites or apps priority over others. (NPR)


DESPITE BUDGET, STATE STILL MAY GET JUNK STATUS – Despite a new state budget, which included a $5 billion tax hike, Illinois still may not be able to stave off a credit downgrade. Moody’s Investor’s Services announced this week that they’re thinking about weighing pension debt more heavily when they rate states for credit worthiness. With the state one grade away from junk-bond status, the change could mean a credit downgrade for Illinois. (Illinois News Network)


COMPLEXITY OF FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN TROUBLES FBI –FBI agent Scott Mahloch says the number of steps in getting food from farm to fork in the U.S. concerns the FBI, but the bureau has people on the front lines with their eye out for potential threats. “It could be something as simple as the insider employee or someone putting a contaminant into a salad bar,” Mahloch said during a micro talk at IFB’s recent Annual Meeting. (FarmWeekNow.com)


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Six Flags - St. Louis, Six Flags - Great America, Holiday World, Adventureland, Raging Rivers & Silver Dollar City discounted tickets are all available online for purchase. Please call our office at 217-762-2128 or email piattfb@piattfs.com for the discount codes and websites if you are a Farm Bureau Member.

Piatt County Farm Bureau sells:

Skinless Peanuts - $5.50

BBQ Spice - $9.00

Louie's Italian Beef Seasoning - $2.00

Pecans - $12.00 

SMV Decals - $4.50

SMV Decal Kits - $11.00

Personalized Member Signs - $20.00

The Piatt County Farm Bureau is selling "Start Seeing Farmers" shirts in three colors for $9.00/each.  If you purchase 5 shirts, you get the 6th one free!  Stop in today to purchase!

Piatt County Farm Bureau Member Signs

We are selling Piatt County Farm Bureau Member Signs, which can be personalized, for $20.00.  They will be personalized with the members name or farm name and the year that they joined the Farm Bureau.  These are great to put up in a shed, barn, or by your field to show that you are a proud member of the Piatt County Farm Bureau.  If interested in purchasing a sign, please complete the information below and send it to the Farm Bureau at 427 West Marion Street, Monticello, IL 61856 or email it to piattfb@piattfs.com.  We can look up the year you joined.  There are a limited number available so don't wait!  Order yours today!



We are selling a few of these souvenir tractors that we have left from our tractor drive. Each tractor is numbered and comes with a numbered box. We will be doing a series of tractors to correspond with our tractor drive each year. You can get them at our office for $20 each. The funds will go to our foundation for scholarships.