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.
RFD Today October 15
53:00Weekly Roundup where Rita Frazer sits down with the IFB Video team to talk about their Regional Emmy Nomination and the issues behind the stories. Jim Taylor provides another #BlueJacketsOnRFDRadio highlight on Ty Steffen, Newark FFA. He is a National Proficiency finalist in the Specialty Crops section. DeLoss Jahnke joins Rita and Jim for the #PigskinPicks segment to wrap up the week.
RFD Today October 14
53:00Rita Frazer meets with Mark Gebhards, Illinois Farm Bureau Executive Director of Governmental Affairs and Commodities for an update on issues. Illinois Director of Agriculture, Jerry Costello, joins to the show to provide an update on agency activities. Rita wraps up the show with Pioneer Agronomist Pat Ray.
RFD Today October 13
53:00Alan Bjerga, National Milk Producers Federation. They talk about 2020 Milk Consumption numbers.Trucking with Rodney Knittel, Assistant Director of Transportation and Infrastructure, talks harvest and rural road safety. He also addresses supply chain issues – specifically the need for truck drivers.Ted Ufkes, COO Professional Swine Management talks pork exports and demand. #BlueJacketsonRFDRadio highlights with Tolono Unity FFA Members Olivia Shike and Marie Baxley.
RFD Today October 12
53:00Rita talks with Lauren Lurkins, Director of Environmental Policy about fall fertilizer application and the announcement of the the new Region 5 EPA Director Debra Shore and Rod Snyder as the new Ag advisor. State Treasurer Michael Frerichs talks about the college savings programs and the unclaimed property program. Ken Baker, Illinois Central College Truck Driving School, talks about the program that helps people to get their CDL. #BlueJacketsOnRFDRadio focus on the Taylorville FFA Chapter. Weather from the National Weather Service in Lincoln, IL
RFD Today October 11
53:00Kris Reynolds, American Farmland Trust talks about the practice of cover crops, the rate of adoption and the progress from the practice. Don Schaefer, Midwest Truckers Association talks about supply chain issues, infrastructure and other issues impacting trucking. Markets with Agrivisor's Karl Setzer.
RFD Today October 8
53:01October is pork month. Rita has a conversation with Illinois Pork Producers Association President Alan Kollmann. He talks about harvest and the growth progress of his livestock operation.#BlueJacketsonRFDRadio Seneca FFA is a finalist for Premier Chapter – Strengthening Agriculture. Jim talks to advisor Jeff Maierhofer and members from the FFA Chapter. The RFD Radio Trio does their weekly #PigskinPicks to wrap up the show.
RFD Today October 7
53:01Kelly Estes, State Ag Pest Survey coordinator talks about Army Worm, Asian Hornet and initial previews pest survey results. Michael Granche, NCGA Manager of Market Development, talks about expanding the use of corn in the Pet Market in areas beyond the food bowl. Bruce Battles, Technical Agronomy Manager and Tim O’Brien, Agrisure Traits Manager with Syngenta share information on a corn rootworm study conducted this summer as well as unique characteristics and performance seen by the product Agrisure Duracade
RFD Today October 6
53:01Jim Mintert, Purdue Ag Economist reports on the September Ag Barometer that gives us the sentiment in farm country. Todd Lowry, Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation, provides and update on the current class. Brenda Matherly, Illinois Farm Bureau provides an update on Farmland Assessment Notices. Climate Smart Agriculture Projects with Michael Woods from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
RFD Today October 5
53:00Mike Doherty provides his monthly economic report. He covers jobless numbers, research on Brazilian soy and corn production increases, farmland leasing trends, Ellyn Furguson, Congressional Quarterly, provides a report on the Infrastructure Bill, Continuing Resolution budget and how conservation is involved, Secretary Vilsack announced details on guarantee loan program for food processors, Senate confirmations and USTR Tai talking China Trade Strategy. Cropwatcher report from Ken Reinhardt in Mercer County. Weather with DTN Meterologist John Baranick.
RFD Today October 4
53:01In honor of national trucker appreciation day, we’re highlighting those that provide a very important service. Bruce Jung from Mascoutah shares with Rita Frazer information about his 3rd generation trucking company. Abigail Hodel, a truck driver from El Paso in Woodford County, talks with Jim Taylor about how she got into trucking and how it has provided income for her family. We wrap up the show with markets with Agrivisor's Karl Setzer.