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, hosts Rita Frazer and Jim Taylor interview industry decision-makers throughout the state, providing reaction to and analysis of the challenges and opportunities affecting your farm. If you have questions or content suggestions, please contact Jolene Neuhauser RFD Radio Content and Promotion Coordinator at jneuhauser@ilfb.org.

Episodes

September 29, 2022 53 min
We remember Elizabeth Weidner, who passed away a year ago today from childhood cancer. Also on Thursday’s show, an update from the Illinois Corn Growers Association. We hear from National FFA officer candidate Gracie Murphy from Macomb, who just finished her term as Illinois FFA Secretary. We finish the show talking pumpkin picking with University of Illinois Extension Educator Ken Johnson.
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Illinois Farm Business Farm Management’s Brad Zwilling joins the show Wednesday. He discusses his latest piece in FarmDocDaily—Financial Summary of Illinois Farms for 2021. We also learn about an effort to save an old water tower in Millstadt, Illinois. We also get updates from USDA Rural Development’s Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Randy Graham from Illinois Specialty Growers.
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September 27, 2022 53 min
Tuesday's show features an update from State Conservationist Ivan Dozier. We meet an IAA Foundation ag teacher grant recipient, Mason Fesser from Nokomis High School. We finish the show talking weather with Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford.
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September 26, 2022 53 min
Monday’s show features a conversation with the Pittsfield FFA chapter. They are national finalist in the Strengthening Agriculture category. We also learn about an event at the Conserv FS facility in Waterman. They are hosting a Land Use Career Development event later this week. We finish the show previewing a new market week with Comstock Investments Joe Camp.
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September 23, 2022 53 min
Friday's show features a conversation with regular contributor to the program--Mark Gebhards, who serves as Illinois Farm Bureau Executive Director of Commodities and Governmental Affairs. We also talk the stress of harvest with Dr. Jeffrey Hoschek. We talk farm safety with John Lee from the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois. We highlight an event coming up at the Amish Heritage Center in Arthur. And Friday means Pigskin P...
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September 22, 2022 53 min
Thursday’s show features a conversation with Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert. We also get an update from Illinois Farm Bureau Associate Director of Food Systems Development Raghela Scavuzo. We talk 2023 crop year projects with Julie Hewitt from Illinois NREC. We also chat about ag education with FCAE program adviser Megan Coy and we finish the show celebrating Prairie Farms Dairy success with Darin Copeland.
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September 21, 2022 38 min
Wednesday’s show features a conversation with Ryan Whitehouse, who serves as Associate Director of Local Government and Political Engagement for Illinois Farm Bureau. We recap the Illinois Farm Bureau Leaders to Washington Trip. And we preview an impressive tractor and truck museum auction in Frankfort, Illinois with Dan Mecum at Mecum Auction.
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September 20, 2022 53 min
We talk National Farm Safety and Health Week and longtime farm safety specialist Amy Rademaker at Carle Foundation Hospital. We get an update from Kevin Daugherty with Ag in the Classroom. Jeff Guilander from Jersey County provides a CropWatcher report. And we finish the show talking weather with DTN ag meteorologist John Baranick.
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September 19, 2022 53 min
Monday’s show features a regular visit from Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Colleen Callahan. We get an update from Paul Wappel with the Illinois Department of Transportation. We highlight Illinois Central College’s industry immersion event. And we finish the show previewing a new market week with Comstock Investments Joe Camp.
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September 16, 2022 53 min
Friday's show features a conversation with Don Schaefer from the Mid-West Truckers Association. We highlight this weekend's 61st Annual Working Farm Show near Geneseo. We learn about a gift from the Illinois Soybean Association to IAA Foundation and we get an update from the Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation. Plus Pigskin Pickins' with DeLoss, Jim & Rita.
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September 15, 2022 53 min
Thursday's show features regular contributor Mark Gebhards, who serves as Illinois Farm Bureau Executive Director of Governmental Affairs and Commodities. Plus Illinois Director of Agriculture Jerry Costello talks 2022 Illinois Grain Tour and Farm Safety & Health Week. We hear from Stephanie Porter, Illinois Soybean Association’s new Outreach Agronomist. We also learn about the Illinois Deer Donation Program, which involves...
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September 14, 2022 53 min
We talk harvest safety with Illinois Farm Bureau assistant Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Rodney Knittel. We learn about the resources and services available for disabled farmers through the AgrAbility program. We highlight WIU’s Ag Day event at this Saturday’s WIU football game. Wednesday’s show wraps up with an update from Landmarks Illinois.
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September 13, 2022 53 min
Wednesday show features a visit with Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs. We also learn about UMOS--United Migrant Opportunity Services and the National Farmworker Jobs Program. We get an update from Raelynn Parmley, who serves as Illinois Farm Bureau Environmental Program Manager. The final segment is with Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford.
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September 12, 2022 53 min
Monday’s show features coverage of the announcement of $4.5 million in federal funding for the USDA ag lab in Peoria. We hear from U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood and Cheri Bustos along with Peoria County Farm Bureau manager Patrick Kirchhofer. We also visit with 2022 Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Achievement Award winner Evan Hultine from Bureau County. A new market week means a preview from Comstock Investments Joe Camp.
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September 9, 2022 53 min
Friday’s show features a visit with Sherrard FFA President Ryley Zippe. His chapter is hosting a field day south of the Quad Cities next week. We chat with Jonathan Coppess, who serves as the Director of the Gardner Ag Policy Program at the University of Illinois. He discusses the Inflation Reduction Act and Farm Bill. We visit with 17th District Congressional District candidate Esther Joy King. And Friday means Pigskin Pickins’ w...
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September 8, 2022 53 min
Thursday's show includes an extensive update from the State Ag Pest Survey Coordinator Kelly Estes. We also celebrate the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Excellence in Agriculture Award winner Kaylee Heap from Minooka. The show finishes with an update from the Illinois Beef Association.
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September 7, 2022 53 min
Wednesday’s show features a conversation with Ted McKinney, who formerly served as Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. We also get an update from Illinois Farm Bureau Associate Director of Commodity and Livestock Programs Tasha Bunting. We learn about IDNR public information meetings on Chronic Wasting Disease. We also meet the new McDonough County Farm Bureau Manager.
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September 6, 2022 53 min
Tuesday’s show features a conversation on all things economy with Illinois Farm Bureau Senior Economist Mike Doherty. We meet Drew Hohenboken, whose family was runner-up for 2022 Illinois Conservation Farm Family of the Year. We check in with CropWatcher Eric Shields from Jackson County and we finish the show talking weather DTN ag meteorologist John Baranick.
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September 5, 2022 53 min
The Labor Day edition of RFD Today features a conversation with small town and small school IHSA hoops legend Jay Shidler, who grew up in Lawrenceville, Illinois. He has authored a book titled "Blonde Bomber: A Ride With Shide". We also preview a new market week with Joe Camp at Comstock Investments.
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September 2, 2022 53 min
Friday’s show features a conversation with Illinois Farm Bureau Director of Business and Regulatory Affairs Bill Bodine. He discusses landowner rights issues as a number of wind and solar projects are being proposed throughout Illinois. We hear from Maddie Earnest, Manager of the GROW Gallery with the St. Louis Science Center as she talks about the history of the GROW Exhibit. We also visit with the coach and a player from the Red ...
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