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

May 5, 2021 38 min
Ellyn Ferguson Congressional Quarterly talk about issues on the table for agriculture in Washington
Part two with Tim Maiers as he talks about bringing his son back to the farm in Adams County
Jim Mintert Purdue University Ag Economist- talks about the April CME-Purdue Ag Barometer
Pioneer Agronomist Emily Huber in Peoria County
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Emily Huber Pioneer Field Agronomist from the field near Peoria
Austin Omer May is Monarch Month and Austin previews the Monarch Summit and puts the spotlight on the Illinois Monarch Project
Celebrating Beef Month Part one Tim Maiers Adams County Farmer talks about his cow-calf barn and working with a diversified farm
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May 3, 2021 38 min
AgriGold Agronomist Todd Steinacher field report from Greene County and West-Central IL
Kevin Semlow Director of State Legislation Illinois Farm Bureau looks at the General Assembly work for the month of May
Jennifer Smith IAA Foundation announces the 2021 IAA Foundation Scholarship winners
Kelly Estes State Coordinator Illinois Pest Survey offers and early season scouting report
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April 30, 2021 37 min
Gebhards Five with Mark Gebhards Executive Director Gov't Affairs and Commodities Illinois Farm Bureau
-Biden speech/Climate and IFB comment letter
-Infrastructure Plan and Tax Policy
-30 x 30
-Illinois losing a congressional seat/redistricting
-Gov's Renewable Energy Plan
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April 29, 2021 38 min
Julie Hewitt Executive Director of NREC Nutrient Research and Education Council talks Annual Report and research programs for the year ahead and updates on current programs, and Jeff Adkisson Executive Director of the Illinois Grain and Feed Association talks potential mergers in the rail industry and what that could mean to the Illinois grain industry
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April 28, 2021 38 min
Jeff Adkisson Executive Director Grain & Feed Association of Illinois talks planting season, rail mergers and scholarship winners and
Rodney Knittel Assistant Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Illinois Farm Bureau talks details about training requirements for truck drivers in 2022
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April 27, 2021 38 min
Dr. Matt Montgomery Pioneer Agronomist offers crop and condition updates for Central Illinois
Farm Week Crop Watcher Dan Herriott Champaign County
Lauren Lurkins Director of Environmental Policy Illinois Farm Bureau talks about the potential cash cover crop Pennycress through St.Louis based Cover Cress Company
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April 26, 2021 38 min
Congressman Darin LaHood talks about his work for agriculture in Washington, including being at the table for trade negotiations and trade talks as he works on the House Committee Ways and Means & Ivan Dozier State Conservationist NRCS talks about last week's announcement for open enrollment in CRP, Regional Conservation Partnership Program and Conservation Innovation Grants
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April 23, 2021 38 min
Gebhards Five USDA CRP Announcement
-Regan comments on WOTUS
-Dicamba FAQ IDOA
-State Legislation & budget
-Redistricting Maps coming in May
& A Roundup conversation with Kevin Semlow IFB Director of State Legislation
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April 22, 2021 38 min
Tony Zerrusen Pioneer Field Agronomist reports on cold temperatures and scouting tips for the week ahead

Lauren Lurkins Director of Environmental Policy Illinois Farm Bureau talks Earth Day and Ag Success Stories

Brad Beaver Illinois Department of Ag Do's and Don'ts of Dicamba
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April 21, 2021 38 min
Rich Guebert President of the Illinois Farm Bureau talks about the large membership participation in the FB Act Call to Action for Stepped-up Basis

Lauren Lurkins Director of Environmental Policy Illinois Farm Bureau with details of what we know and what we don't know about Carbon Markets/Carbon Trading

Dr. Aaron Hager U of I Extension Specialist Weed Science with advice for weed management in 2021
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April 20, 2021 38 min
Pioneer Field Agronomist Tony Zerrusen talks about the snow and cold temperatures and potential impact on corn and beans
Jenny Ring Illinois Pork Producers talks about the Illinois Tree Buffer Initiative grant program open on Earth Day
Brad Zwilling VP Data Analysis Illinois FBFM
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April 19, 2021 25 min
Part two and follow-up with Douglas County farmer Dan Meyer shares his farm history and the details of a recent auction which included 198 acres of farmland that had been farmed by his family for six decades.
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April 16, 2021 45 min
Mark Gebhards Executive Director Governmental Affairs and Commodities talks about success of Illinois Farm Bureau Call to Action on stepped- up basis
and the SBA raising the loan limit under the EIDL-COVID 19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan
, Congresswomen Lauren Underwood talks about bipartisan climate change legislation she helped to introduce on behalf of farmers
and Matt Lohr former NRCS Chief under the Trump Administration talks ...
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April 15, 2021 38 min
Pioneer Field Agronomist Paul Yoder talks about early planting conditions and advice for optimal planting depth
Jerry Costello Illinois Director of Ag talks about
-Spring and the final plans for Farmers Market on the fairgrounds
-Illinois Specialty Crop Grants
-Apiary business a-buzz in the state
-Corn and Soybean planting starts in the state
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April 14, 2021 38 min
Alan Bjerga National Milk Producers Federation talks Trade, Earth Day & Dairy
Pioneer Agronomist Paul Yoder talks planting progress and best advice for the season ahead
State Treasurer Michael Frerichs updates on ABLE Savings Account and the deadline approaching for Cream of the Crop Photo Contest
Betty Haynes Illinois Beef Association talks about the next edition Illinois Beef and the dates that are set for the Illinois Beef Asso...
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April 13, 2021 38 min
Colleen Callahan Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources talks about grant programs through IDNR that are helping communities all over the state of Illinois
Brent Clair Adams County reports from his side of the state on field conditions and planting progress
Lauren Lurkins Director of Environmental Programs Illinois Farm Bureau reports on comments from IFB members in the latest FB Act Call to Action on Climate
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April 12, 2021 37 min
Don Schaefer Mid-West Truckers looks at the Biden Administrations Infrastructure Plan and what it could mean to the trucking industry as well as safety reminders for the busy spring season.
Bill Bodine Director of Business and Regulatory Affairs Illinois Farm Bureau talks about renewable energy and bills in Illinois House and Senate that could have a big impact on IFB members &
April Manager to Manager conversation with Montgome...
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April 9, 2021 37 min
Gebhards Five Illinois Farm Bureau Gebhards Five
-Call to Action x 2
-Pandemic Producer Assistance
-General Assembly back to town/State Budget talks for May
-Renewable Energy
-Safety reminder for planting season
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RFD Roundup with DeAnne Bloomberg-Director of Issues Management , Ryan Whitehouse-Associate Director Local Gov't and Political Engagement and Ashley Cravens-Political Advocacy & Engagement Coordinator: Get out the v...
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April 8, 2021 38 min
Ellyn Ferguson Congressional Quarterly talks about issues to watch as Congress heads back to work next week
Brad Beaver Acting Bureau Chief Environmental Programs Illinois Department of Ag talks season totals in private applicator test and urges good farmer to farmer communication during growing season
Kelly Estes Ag Pest Survey Coordinator Illinois Natural History Survey with an early season field report
Garrett Williams Southern Il...
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