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Your daily rundown of the issues affecting Illinois farmers. RFD Radio hosts Rita Frazer, DeLoss Jahnke and Jim Taylor 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. This is the daily early morning broadcast repurposed as a podcast.
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Steve Bridge Statehouse Report, Mark Gebhards celebrates the WOTUS victory last week.Profit Watch Energy Segment with Heather Thompson GROWMARK/Cooperative Ventures. Also, Info Ag Preview with Peyton Harper at The Fertilizer Institute.
Mark Gebhards Executive Director Gov’t Affairs & Commodities for Illinois Farm Bureau recaps the Illinois General Assembly spring session.Matt Kaye reports on debt ceiling, we review fertilizer prices; and Ernie Goss talks Creighton Rural Mainstreet Index.
The GOP-White House debt limit deal if enacted will have a direct bearing on how much farm bill writers get and how they shape farm policy to meet the growing needs of producers for the next 5-years. RFD Washington corr Matt Kaye reports. Mark Litteken, Clinton County farmer and President of the Clinton County Farm Bureau talks about harvesting his rye and clover this week and his success with cover crops over the past decade.Plus weekly crop report numbers and Tyler Schau, Ag Market.Net talks markets.
Debt Ceiling updates from the weekend from Washington and RFD Washington Correspondent Matt Kaye reports on the debate over Farm Bill funding, Mark Gebhards Executive Director Gov’t Affairs and Commodities talks about the importance of the upcoming Nutrient Stewardship Field Days in Illinois.Meteorologist Mike Albano from the National Weather Service, Lincoln, details a dry outlook.
As the U.S. red meat industry faces several challenges, exports provided a bright spot as U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) members gathered in Minneapolis last week for the organization’s Spring Conference, USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom points out some of the areas where exports bolster the industry’s economic outlook. Eric Mittenthal President of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council and Chief Strategy Officer North American Meat Institute talks about ‘Protein Pact for the People, Animals, and Climate of Tomorrow.’ Plus, Charlyn Fargo, SIU Med School, talks Memorial Day grilling.
The US Supreme Court in a landmark ruling, has redefined Waters of the US under the Clean Water Act, effectively killing a key pillar of the Biden WOTUS rule. RFD Washington corr. Matt Kaye reports. Plus WOTUS react from Illinois Farm Bureau’s Lauren Lurkins and AFBF’s Courtney Briggs. Profit Watch Energy with Scott Wilson GROWMARK Energy Risk Management, fuel prices into Memorial Day; Steve Bridge with Illinois State Budget update.
Ag lawmakers are pushing legislation to help farmers vying for oversubscribed EQIP conservation contracts. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports, & more highlights from The Illinois Wheat Association wheat Tour and reaction from Mark Miller of Mennel Milling Co. Mt. Olive and Dave Devore, Siemer Milling Co. TeutopolisDarin Newsom & Bill Tierney discuss the current corn market.
Mark Gebhards Executive Director Gov’t Affairs & Commodities at Illinois Farm Bureau talks General Assembly wrapping up spring session, ag bills to watch and federal debt ceiling debate in D.C.NRCS and FSA heads faced tough questions on funding, alternative fuels and equity at House Ag Conservation subcommittee hearing. RFD Washington corr. Matt Kaye reports.FarmWeekNow's Dan Grant provides coverage of the Southern Illinois Wheat Tour with Illinois Wheat Association president Mark Krausz.
NASS numbers plus Adams County Crop Watcher Brent Clair on “flash drought”.Wayne Sirles, co-owner/operator of Rendleman Orchards near Alto Pass (Union Co) talks about the spring fruit crop and specifically looks at the peach crop. A House subcommittee fight over FY ’24 USDA and FDA spending touches on some of the same hurdles faced in last-minute talks to avoid a debt default and likely to spill over into the farm bill. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports.
Animal disease preparedness is a ‘must’ for the next farm bill according to livestock industry leaders at a recent farm bill hearing. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports. IFCA's KJ Johnson provides post-application reminders.Illinois FFA's Mindy Bunselmeyer is gearing up for state convention next month. Tom Dosdall, StoneX, discusses falling commodity prices.
RFD Correspondent Matt Kaye reports from the Nation's Capital. Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert on legislative issues at the state and national level. In the weekly Profit Watch Energy Segment, Stephen Nicholson RaboResearch on where biofuels play into their long-term outlook. Steve Bridge reports on the State's budget making process.
RFD Correspondent Matt Kaye reports on livestock leaders sharing their concerns before a House Ag Committee meeting. Travis Mateer, U of I Extension Beef Specialist on pasture management. IDOA Director Jerry Costello on moving Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair. Gerry Beard, Beard Implement, updating us on supply chain issues for farm equipment and machinery. Market commentary with Aaron Edwards, Roach Ag Marketing.
Illinois Farm Bureau Vice President Brian Duncan on the impact of California’s Prop 12 for Illinois Pig Farmers. RFD Correspondent Matt Kaye reports on concerns that President Biden may be using the farm bill as a vehicle to push back on GOP plans to expand food stamp work requirements, even as more safety net funding remains in doubt. Kris Reynolds, Montgomery County farmer and Midwest Regional Director American Farmland Trust, talks about the growing season and opportunities for farmers in the ADM Regenerations Program for 2023.
Matt Kaye reports Ag trade concerns amid continuing uncertainty over input costs, weather, supply chains and the timing of a new farm bill. Pioneer Agronomist Emily Huber chats planting and emergence in her territory. Recap of the crop progress and condition report. Weather with State Climatologist Trent Ford.
Illinois Farm Bureau's Mark Gebhards updates us on legislative and regulatory issues. A recap of Friday's WASDE report with commentary from Darren Wax, Premier Cooperative.
AFBF Reaction to the Supreme Court decision to uphold Prop 12. RFD Correspondent Matt Kaye Reports on a House Farm Bill hearing covering free trade deals, nutrition, African Swine Fever, and foreign acceptance of cutting-edge Ag technology. Profit Watch Energy with South Central FS Agronomist Ryan Hasty. Kirby Knackstedt, Grantfork Meats in Highland, IL.
FarmWeek’s Dan Grant visits with Lee CFB President Adam Henkel and RFD Correspondent Matt Kaye reports on coverage from the Senate Confirmation hearing for USDA Undersecretary Nominee Torres-Small. Inflation numbers for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rita Frazer visits with Troy Wistuba, Ph.D. Vice President, Feed R&D Purina Animal Nutrition.
RFD Correspondent Matt Kaye reports on a recent Senate Ag Committee hearing. Comstock Investments Joe Camp explains why there is added significance to Friday’s WASDE report. Freese-Notis Weather’s Dan Hicks says more active weather will be in play over the next week. Market commentary from Matt Huston, New Frontier Capital Markets and Scott Jensen, Country Financial talks interest rates.
Matt Kaye reports on President Biden and Congressional leaders meeting today at the White House in hopes of averting US debt default that could crush producers with sky high interest rates. Mark Krauz, President Illinois Wheat Association talks about the Illinois Wheat Yield Contest Farm Week Crop watcher David Schaal shares conditions from Fayette County. Weekly planting and conditions numbers Scott Irwin and his new book Back to the Futures
Mark Gebhards Executive Director Gov’t Affairs & Commodities Illinois Farm Bureau shares an update on legislative and regularory issues. Market commentary from Scott Meyer, Ursa Farmers Co-Op and Brian Chastain, MarketWise Ag Services plus April climate information.
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