RFD Today

RFD Today

Discussing agricultural policy issues, commodity market trends and more, RFD Today is your deep dive into the most relevant news stories of the day. In this show, host Rita Frazer interviews industry decision-makers throughout the state, providing reaction to and analysis of the challenges and opportunities affecting your farm.

Episodes

July 23, 2021 38 min
Conversation with Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. about infrastructure, the Farm Bill, WOTUS and other important issues Farm Bureau leadership is working on.
Meet the IAA Foundation’s top scholarship recipients.
Check in with Wyffels Hybrids about what they’ve got planned for Farm Progress Show.
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Mark Gebhards, Illinois Farm Bureau Executive Director of Governmental Affairs and Commodities, shares information action in the Senate on the Infrastructure Package and details on pandemic assistance available for producers. The Right to Repair Executive Order was also covered. Mark also covered plans for the 2023 Illinois Farm Bureau Farm Bill listening sessions starting in August. Finally, in state issues he covered the lack ...
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July 21, 2021 38 min
John Linder, President National Corn Growers Association, provides an update on issues and concerns that surfaced in last week’s Corn Congress.
Crop Watcher report from Mary Streitmatter, Farm Bureau Member in Peoria County.
Tasha Bunting, Associate Director of Commodity and Livestock Programs with Illinois Farm Bureau, shares information on the Executive Order recently issued regarding livestock issues and what that means to livesto...
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July 20, 2021 38 min
Lauren Lurkins, Director of Environmental Policy Illinois Farm Bureau, reports on a Tax Certification Program for Livestock Operations managed by the EPA.
Kendra Anderson, Midwest Dairy Association, reports on plans for the Illinois State Fair including the sculpting of the Butter Cow.
Rachel Peabody, Illinois Soybean Association, talks about the upcoming issue of Field and Bean that focuses on sustainability.
Information on U of I Ag...
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July 19, 2021 38 min
Colleen Callahan, Director, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, provides an update on agency events and shares information on plans for the Illinois State Fair and enrollment in the Illinois Recreational Access Program.
Illinois Soybean Association, Field and Bean segment with Sean Arians from Advanced Agrilytics.
A summary of the recent Ag Roundtable on Trade from the United Kingdom’s perspective with Alan Gogbashian, Consul...
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July 19, 2021 38 min
Conversation with Mark Gebhards, Illinois Farm Bureau Executive Director of Governmental Affairs and Commodities, on returning to Washington, D.C. for the first time since March of 2020. A meeting with Senate Ag Committee leaders to discuss the Infrastructure Bill, Trade, and the Farm Bill. He also summarized meetings with EPA Director Michael Regan on WOTUS and USTR Katherine Tai on trade with China, USMCA, TPP and TPA. He al...
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July 15, 2021 38 min
Illinois Director of Agriculture, Jerry Costello shares information on disaster declarations for drought and what that means for the counties affected, He also provides an update on Dicamba use complaints handled by the department this summer.
Jennifer Tirey, Executive Director Illinois Pork Producers Association shares information on pandemic funding for livestock farmers and other summer events and issues important to the pork in...
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July 14, 2021 38 min
Alan Bjerga, National Milk Producers Federation, talks about the dairy industry’s place in climate policy, infrastructure and other federal policy issues.
Bill Bodine, Directory of Business and Regulatory Affairs, shares Illinois Farm Bureau’s involvement in the broadband issue and actions being taken to improve access in rural areas.
Rodney Knittel, Illinois Farm Bureau Assistant Director of Transportation and Infrastructure, talks ...
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July 13, 2021 38 min
Crop Conditions report from Dr. Matt Montgomery, Pioneer Agronomist. He covered hail damage in Brown County.
Crop Watcher report from Larry Hummel in Lee County.
State Treasurer Michael Frerichs provides an update on activities from his office for the summer.
Lauren Lurkins, Director of Environmental Policy with Illinois Farm Bureau, provides information on registering for and participating in Anhydrous Ammonia training sessions in a...
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July 12, 2021 38 min
Chuck Cawley shares information from Stewardship Field Days on behalf of the Nutrient Research & Education Council and Anhydrous Ammonia training sessions.
Report from Beck’s Herbicide Insight Days in Effingham.
Don Schaeffer, Midwest Truckers discusses the infrastructure bill, supply chain challenges and the impact throughout all business sectors.
Markets with AgriVisor’s Karl Setzer.
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July 9, 2021 38 min
Weekly roundup with DeAnne Bloomberg, Director of Issues management. They discuss the Resolutions process, plans for the Illinois State Fair and Trade.
Congressman Rodney Davis joins the show to talk about a Legislative Roundtable held with representatives from the UK earlier this week.
Dave Lidy on plans for the Fayette County Fair to honor the memory of his daughter and to support area youth.
Dr. Brent Tharp, Wyffels, talks Crop ...
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July 8, 2021 38 min
Conversation with Illinois Farm Bureau Vice President Brian Duncan on the July IFB Resolutions Committee meeting. They discussed the process, and the issues surrounding submittals from county farm bureaus. Lee Strom, Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation President and CEO, updates listeners on summer events benefiting the Foundation and the graduation of the 2020 class and the start of the 2023 class. Dr. Warren Kruger, head of North...
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July 7, 2021 38 min
Ellyn Furguson, Congressional Quarterly provides an update on Federal Legislation and related issues. Topics covered are the appropriations process affecting agriculture and infrastructure, the EPA Water Ruling/Waters of the US. The initial phases of the 2023 Farm Bill was also discussed. The Congressional hearing on Livestock Pricing issues wraps up the conversation.
FarmWeek Crop Watcher, Doug Uphoff from Shelby County provided...
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July 6, 2021 38 min
Don Parrish, Senior Director of Regulatory Relations with AFBF, reflects on his 33-year career upon retirement and the issues and successes he’s been involved with.
Wheat Harvest and reports on the quality and harvest. Rick Siemer, Siemer Milling, talks about his family company and the products they produce from wheat harvested in Illinois.
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July 2, 2021 37 min
Eric Mittenthal, President National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, talks about his job promoting Hot Dogs and Sausages and the Independence Day connection. He also talked about events for National Hot Dog day, July 21, including the search for a Hot Dog Ambassador.
Will Kropp, owner of Boetje’s Stone Ground Mustard from the Quad Cities talks about mustard production methods and the condiments they produce.
Betty Haynes, Director of ...
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July 1, 2021 38 min
Mark Gebhards, Executive Director of Governmental Affairs and Commodities Illinois Farm Bureau, on activities affecting agriculture and rural America in Congress. Broadband access, Infrastructure funding, climate change, the need for permanent disaster aid relief funding, WOTUS rule changes were discussed. On the state front, the status of the energy bill was highlighted. The IFB Resolutions Committee meets next week, and Mark p...
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June 30, 2021 38 min
Tom Heinold, Army Corp of Engineers recaps experiences from the Lock and Dam upgrades and talks about the river conditions before and after recent rain events. He also highlights funding for the Illinois Waterway, planned projects for 2023 and the benefits of river transportation.
Matt Geiger, Syngenta Agronomist, joins the show to talk fungicides.
Lauren Lurkins, Director of Environmental Policy, Illinois Farm Bureau, shares inform...
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June 29, 2021 38 min
Ivan Dozer, State Conservationist, NRCS on the recent rains and the conservation efforts on display. Budget appropriations for conservation efforts are discussed as well and how agriculture is part of the solution, not the problem.
Jeff Kirwan on his recent testimony in front of the House Agriculture Committee regarding the Farm Bill.
Crop Watcher Report from Kevin Raber, Wabash County, on wheat harvest and the need for rain in his ...
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June 28, 2021 38 min
Conversation with Mark Heil, Grain and Feed Association of Illinois Board Member and General Manager of Prairie Central Co-op. They talk crop conditions, pricing, the need for truck drivers and supply and demand concerns coming out of COVID.
Manager to Manager Conversation with Katie Wilson. She is joined by Kayla Kiefer, LaSalle County Farm Bureau Manager.
Alan Kollmann, President Illinois Pork Producers Association talks about cu...
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June 25, 2021 37 min
Mark Gebhards, Executive Director Governmental Affairs and Commodities, provides his weekly recap of issues. Topics covered: the Supreme Court ruling regarding Union Recruiting on California Farms and how it protects Private Property Rights; a bipartisan movement in the Senate on an Infrastructure Bill; the initial steps taken by the Senate Ag Committee to investigate livestock price transparency and movement by the USDA to assist...
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