RFD Illinois

RFD Illinois

Your daily rundown of the issues affecting Illinois farmers. RFD Radio hosts Rita Frazer and DeLoss Jahnke are your boots on the ground, keeping you up to date on the news stories, market trends and weather outlooks that could affect your farm.

Episodes

September 17, 2021 24 min
Mark Gebhards provides a report on Federal Infrastructure bills and the Budget Reconciliation Process. Mike Wilson, Wabash Valley FS talks what to look for when harvesting the 2021 crop for the 2022 crop. Jenny Webb, Member Engagement Manager shares information about tailgating opportunities at the ag colleges this weekend.
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The use of biofuels for aviation needs and if tax credits would qualify is debated in Congressional hearings. Raelynn Parmely discusses the Certified Crop Advisor of the year nomination process. Rita Frazer talks about the cover and alternative crop field day on the Schetter Farm in Jersey County. DeLoss Jahnke provides a crop conditions report from Moultrie County and market talk with Mike Zuzolo, Global Commodity Analytics.
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September 15, 2021 24 min
Matt Kaye reports on the Ways and Means Committee plan to fund the human infrastructure bill. Rodney Knittel talks with Rita Frazer about transportation issues important during harvest. Curt Strubhar, advance trading, talks about early harvest numbers and the potential impact to the markets. Jeff Broom, Broom Orchard, shares the specialty crop growing season reason in southwestern Illinois.
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September 14, 2021 24 min
Matt Kaye reports on the House Ag Committee’s action on the ag portion of the social Infrastructure Bill. Kevin Semlow, Illinois Farm Bureau Director of State Legislation, reports on the passage of the Energy Bill in the Illinois Senate and what the impact could be on private property rights. Crop progress and conditions summary with a harvest progress report from Kent Cassan in Livingston County. Keith Ehnle, Agronomist with Becks...
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September 13, 2021 24 min
Mark Gebhards provides an update on the Federal Infrastructure Package as it makes its way through the Ways & Means Committee markup, specifically regarding Tax Policy. He then covers the Illinois House Energy Bill that passed late last week and the concern where it comes to eminent domain and landowner rights. Steve Bridge shares a deeper dive of the Energy Bill that passed the Illinois House late last week. Recap of the USDA...
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September 10, 2021 24 min
DeLoss Jahnke visits with Illinois 18th District Congressman Darin LaHood about the early write up process of the Human Infrastructure bill. He later talks to Dan Pannier, GROWMARK, about propane supply. Matt Kaye reports on concern from Food and Ag Trade groups as the Human Infrastructure bill goes through the early write up process in the Ways and Means Committee.
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September 9, 2021 24 min
Matt Kaye provides commentary from Secretary Vilsack on the impact Hurricane Ida will have on shipping in the Mississippi River. Rita Frazer visits with Ellyn Ferguson, Congressional Quarterly, on the Congressional Committee work on the Reconciliation Bill. Sherman Newlin provides market commentary ahead of the upcoming report. Dan Grant shares a report with Dan Basse, Ag Resources on exporting out of the gulf after Hurricane Ida.
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September 8, 2021 24 min
Matt Kaye reports on the recently announced USDA grant funding for Farm and Food Workers Assistance. Jim Mintert, Purdue University, provides an update on the August Ag Barometer.
Cropwatcher report from Eric Schmidt in Jackson County and Kent Cassan in Livingston County.
Markets and Weather.
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September 7, 2021 24 min
Lynn Wiese talks about his use of Pivot Bio on his farm. Conversation from the Farm Progress Show with Gregg Sauder with 360 Yield Center on the company’s new 360 Rain product that can keep water and nitrogen with the crop. Carbon talk and other conservation efforts discussion with Steve Stierwalt, National Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
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September 6, 2021 24 min
In observance of Labor Day, Rita Frazer talks with individuals about their career path. DeLoss Jahnke y Niver DeKalb/Asgrow agronomist and Phil Craig Syngenta agronomist from the Farm Progress Show.
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September 3, 2021 23 min
Mark Gebhards, Illinois Farm Bureau, met with Rita Frazer to provide a weekly update on State, Federal and Regulatory issues. DeLoss Jahnke met with leaders from the National Corn Growers Association and the Renewable Fuels Association to talk about the Next Generation Fuels Act and what it means for ethanol use. Steve Bridge reports on the Farmer Mental Health Help Line being expanded for the state.
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September 2, 2021 24 min
Rita Frazer talks with Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert at the Farm Progress Show.
AT&T’s Chris Warwick and YL Committee Member Drew DeSutter talk about AT&T's $15,000 contribution to Central and Southern Illinois Foodbanks to fight food insecurity.
DeLoss Jahnke shares news from Luke Worrell and Gary Schnitkey regarding the results from the Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers land values survey.
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September 1, 2021 24 min
The RFD team provides coverage from the 2021 Farm Progress Show.
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August 31, 2021 24 min
Farm Progress Show 2021 preview from Matt Jungmann, Event Planner. Talks about the crop conditions and weather and the field demonstration conditions.
Rod Weinzierl from Illinois Corn Growers and Steve Pitstick from the Illinois Soybean Association talk about their collaboration at the Farm Progress Show.
Crop Watcher Report from Ken Taake, Pulaski County and from Kent Cassan in Livingston County.
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August 30, 2021 24 min
Rita Frazer visits with Matt Jungmann on the upcoming Farm Progress Show and the impact the mask mandate and weather will have on the show. DeLoss Jahnke talks to Shelby Swain Myers with AFBF on the carbon market.
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August 27, 2021 24 min
Mark Gebhards, Illinois Farm Bureau Executive Director of Governmental Affairs and Commodities, talks about the Infrastructure Bills (REAL/Human). He covers the good the bad and important dates for the House and Senate. He also talked about the Illinois General Assembly special session on August 31 and the consideration of legislative measures related to the legislative redistricting plan. Bev Long with GROWMARK talks about the ...
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August 26, 2021 29 min
RIta visits with Rod Weinzierl, Illinois Corn Growers Association, about the Next Generation Fuels Act that was re-introduced by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos this week. DeLoss talks with Danny Merkley, California Farm Bureau Director of Water Resources about drought conditions in the state, water use and regulatory action taken by the state legislature.
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August 25, 2021 24 min
Country Singer Lee Brice provides the background on his new song “Farmer” that will be debuted at the Farm Progress Show concert on September 1. Conversation with State Climatologist Trent Ford on the heat and humidity that is affecting most of the state. Rita meets with Matt Bradshaw to discuss the Orr Research Center groundbreaking. Matt Kaye reports on the House plans for the Infrastructure Bill. Markets and weather.
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August 24, 2021 24 min
Matt Kaye reports on EPA Volume Setting Rules for biofuels use. Rita Frazer reports from the Olson Family pork finishing facility open house with a conversation with Blane Olson and Marty Marr, Vice President of Illinois Corn Growers Association and Chairman of the Livestock Development Group. Crop conditions and soil moisture report. Crop Watcher reports from Gary Steward in Stark County and Kent Casson in Livingston County.
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August 23, 2021 24 min
Matt Kaye reports on the timing of EPA’s discontinuation of a chemical. Rita visits with Blane Olson about their Pork Facility Open House on August 23 in Elkhart, IL Ernie Goss from Creighton University talks about the Rural Main Street Index and how this impact agriculture. Attorney General Kwame Raoul on fraud that is on a rise as a result of the Pandemic.
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