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Meet the Master Farmer: Ron Moore

Ron Moore of Warren County his wife, Deb, raise 1,800 acres of corn, soybeans and hay, and finish 150 feeder calves with their son Michael. From serving on state and national commodity boards to opening their farm to urban consumer tours, get to know Moore in this interview with RFD’s Rita Frazer. LISTEN HERE

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5 with Mark

In a weekly visit with the RFD Radio Network, Illinois Farm Bureau’s Mark Gebhards shares an update on state and national issues impacting agriculture, including the latest on “waters of the United States,” IFB’s Allies in Ag program, the Right to Repair and more. LISTEN HERE

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An update from President Guebert

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. provides an update on state and national legislation during an interview in RFD Radio’s COUNTRY Financial Studio. WATCH AND LISTEN

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USTR Tai pledges ag is ‘top line priority’ of Biden trade agenda

Total U.S. ag exports reached a record $196 billion in fiscal year 2022, but USDA’s Economic Research Service has projected they could dip to $184.5 billion in FY 2023. U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai faced bipartisan pressure during a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing, where she discussed market access and trade enforcement.     Read more

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Hog margins sink ahead of key USDA reports

Futures prices of hogs tailed off by more than $10 per hundredweight this week, driving returns down to breakeven levels or below. While demand is playing a part in it, outside markets also threw a wrench into commodity markets. Toni Dunker, market analyst with Advance Trading, discusses the recent downturn in the hog market ahead of USDA’s quarterly hogs and pigs report.     Read more

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If Mother Nature’s New Year’s resolution was to stay active, she’s still going strong.

 While Illinois received 3-6 inches of precipitation in a recent 30-day stretch, heavy snowpacks remain in place from Montana to Wisconsin. Temperatures will be crucial in the weeks ahead for farmers, but if snow melts too quickly, it could produce flooding issues. John Baranick, DTN meteorologist, and Rich Nelson, Allendale director of research, discuss the weather’s impact on spring planting.     Read more

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