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

October 20, 2021 24 min
Senator Chuck Grassley and other Midwest Senators raising questions about the delay in pandemic aid for biofuel producers and the fact that annual biofuel requirements haven’t been released. Alan Kollmann, President of Illinois Pork Producers talks about contract production and how that works for him and his family. The return of LaNina and Jim McCormick, AgMarket.net, provides market insight.
Acre predictions for the 2022 growing...
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Biofuel and Farm groups are preparing for the potential RFS reduction. Derek Martin and his family were recognized by the National Association of Conservation Districts STAR family of the year. He talks about their conservation efforts. DeLoss provides harvest progress report numbers and weather with Nic Hausen. Wrap up with a preview of the Greater Peoria Farm Show – back for its 40th year.
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October 18, 2021 23 min
The future of stepped-up basis continues to be an area of concern based on recent testimony by USDA Secretary Vilsack. Dan Phillips, Operations Manager at Leman Farms in Woodford County, has recently been named Illinois Pork Producers Association Employee of the year. Rita Frazer visits with him about his background and job.DeLoss talks with KJ Johnson from the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association about China’s fertilizer ...
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October 15, 2021 23 min
Rita talks to Illinois Director of Agriculture, Jerry Costello, who gives an Illinois Harvest Update and increased input costs for the 2022 crop. Jim Taylor shares a #BlueJacketsOnRFDRadio segment, highlighting Olivia Shike from the Unity Tolono FFA Chapter. She will be recognized at the National FFA Conference in late October.
DeLoss provides the 4Fs Report featuring Steve Kubsch, from GROWMARK who talks the logistics of getting re...
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October 14, 2021 23 min
Mark Gebhards provides an update on debt ceiling and infrastructure packages, supply chain issues and actions IFB. View from the cab from Macoupin County, courtesy of Farmweek’s Dan Grant. Market commentary from Arlan Suderman, Stone X.
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October 13, 2021 23 min
Rita talks with Ted Ufkes, Professional Swine Management, Carthage, IL about harvest, the pig business and the importance of row crops to hog production. DeLoss covers Report Day with Karl Setzer and harvest and economic updates.
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October 12, 2021 23 min
Ag hearings regarding FSA Office staffing concerns among COVID-19 vaccine mandates and African Swine Flu Vaccines being tested. Lauren Lurkins reports on harvest delays because of rainfall and warm temperatures delaying fall application of fertilizer. Food and Agriculture Organization Food Price Index is really high. Scott Jensen, COUNTRY manager of Financial Planning support talks inflation.
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October 11, 2021 23 min
Matt Kaye reports on legislation addressing livestock transparency and competition. Alan Kollmann, IPPA President talks about the important connection between livestock and grain farming. Karl Setzer talks markets ahead of the upcoming Tuesday reports, and what the outlook looks like for South American productions and energy costs.
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October 8, 2021 23 min
Matt Kaye reports on USDA loan guarantees for small and regional processing plants and what it means for the big picture. October Pork Month report with Nic Anderson, Illinois Livestock Development Group. Talks about correlation of field crops and livestock feed. Jim Birge, Sangamon County Farm Bureau Manager provides a harvest report. 4Fs Report: DeLoss talks to ConservFS leadership their Waterman Expansion and what that means...
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October 7, 2021 23 min
Jenny Ring, IPPA, shares information about the best pork chop sandwich contest being hosted by IPPA and IHSA. DTN Ag Meteorologist John Baranick talks about the potential for drought recovery in northern Illinois. Daryl Cates, Monroe County Farmer provides Dan Grant with a view from the cab report. John Payne, Daniels Trading in Chicago talks inflation.
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October 6, 2021 23 min
Matt Kaye reports on response to US Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai’s approach to trade with China. Jim Mintert provides information on the Ag Barometer for the month of September. Josh Linville, Stone X, talks fertilizer supply, demand and resulting costs.
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October 5, 2021 23 min
Matt Kaye reports on plans to cut internal combustion engines and the impact that would have on Biofuels use. Secretary of Ag Vilsack’s reaction to Trade Ambassador’s Katherine Tai’s condemnation of China’s unfair trade practices and loans for food processing. Cropwatcher report from Ken Reinhardt in Mercer County and Kent Casson in Livingston County. As archery season starts, we cover vehicular Deer accidents and a recap of Septe...
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October 4, 2021 23 min
Matt Kaye reports on the Continuing Resolution that was passed late last week to keep the Government running through early December. In honor of national trucker appreciation day, we’re highlighting those that provide a very important service. Bruce Jung from Mascoutah shares with Rita information about his 3rd generation trucking company. DeLoss talks with DeKalb-Asgrow agronomist Lance Tarchione about Tar Spot and the impact on ...
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October 1, 2021 23 min
Mark Gebhards provides an update on National issues. Mac Marshall, United Soybean Board and US Soy Export Council, talks with DeLoss about using for soybean oil for fuel - particularly aviation fuel use and what that might mean for soybean meal. Steve Bridge reports on the Chicago Bears intent to purchase the Arlington Racetrack and what that might mean for the Solider Field property, owned by the Chicago Park District.
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September 30, 2021 23 min
Amy Rademaker, Rural Health and Farm Safety Coordinator with Carle health provides safety reminders as harvest rolls on. Callie Diss, an IAA Foundation Ag Teacher Grant recipient, talks about her education history and the growth of ag education in schools. A preview of the Policycast with the VP episode that was recently released.
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September 29, 2021 24 min
Matt Kaye reports on rumors that the biofuel requirements are being reduced by the EPA in the RFS quotas. Rita visits with Kaskaskia College Dairy Judging team coach Aaron Heinzman. The team won the postsecondary national dairy cattle judging contest at World Dairy Expo. DeLoss Jahnke gets a harvest report from the combine cab with Reid Thompson in Ford County outside of Gibson City.
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September 28, 2021 24 min
Ivan Dozier, NRCS, shares information on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Amy Rademaker, Rural Safety Coordinator with Carle Health provides some safety tips for harvest.
DeLoss talks weather with Jim Rasor, WSIL and Aaron Curtis, MIDCO Commodities provides Market Insights. Crop numbers and precipitation differences from across the state.
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September 27, 2021 24 min
Adam Nielsen, Illinois Farm Bureau, provides a recap of the Leader’s to Washington program that was held last week. Matt Kaye reports on the tax implications of the Build Back Better proposal including commentary from AFBF President Zippy Duvall. Rita visits with newly retired Harry Cooney, who earned his CDL and is working for area farmers, to get a report from the cab.
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September 24, 2021 24 min
Mark Gebhards, Illinois Farm Bureau provided a report on National Issues. The Leaders to Washington program returned and Mark gave a summary of what they experienced. Items covered were protecting IFB tax policy yet finding a way to pay for the infrastructure package. Mark covered rising fertilizer prices and the issues behind them. Ethan Hopkins from GROWMARK talked about fertilizer cost and availability. Steve Bridge provided ...
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September 23, 2021 22 min
Matt Kaye reports on the Stop Gap Funding Bill and the potential impact to agriculture disaster funding. Harvest and energy prices with Scott Wilson, GROWMARK energy. DeLoss visits with Scott Meyer, Ursa Co-op on river issues and Jeff Kaeb, Grainland Co-op on yield results in Central Illinois.
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