Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert Re-Elected at IFB Annual Meeting

Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert was re-elected at the IFB Annual Meeting in Chicago on Monday afternoon.  Vice-President Brian Duncan was also re-elected.  Both had no opposition.


Here are Guebert's comments in a post-meeting news confernce Monday afternoon:




IFB Director of Government Relations Mark Gebhards Reviews IFB Annual Meeting Issues Voted On

Illinois Farm Bureau Director of Government Relations Mark Gebhards reviewed the resolutions approved by IFB delegates during their Annual Meeting in Chicago, in a post-meeting news conference Monday afternoon.


Here is the entire news conference with Gebhards' comments:




USDA Assistant Ag Secretary Stephen Censky Addresses IFB Annual Meeting Delegates, Media

United States Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Stephen Censky addressed the delegates attending the Illinois Farm Bureal Annual Meeting in Chicago this morning.  Censky spoke about a number of current issues including the recently passed trade agreement with Japan, the continuing trade negotiations with China, and the Trump Administration's continuing payments to farmers while the Chinese trade talks continue.


Censky held a brief news conference following his remarks to IFB delegates.


The complete unedited version of the news conference to listen to, is below:




illinoisfarmradio's Local Farm Broadcaster Jared White Covering Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago


illinoisfarmradio's local farm broadcaster Jared White (left) is in Chicago covering the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, reporting on awards won by county Farm Bureau's in the listening area.



Jared (left) visited with Terry Ferguson (right), an IFB delegate from DeWitt County.


Jared visited with the delegation from Christian County Farm Bureau, during the Annual Meeting.


WHOW Names Antique Tractor Show Winners at Greater Peoria Farm Show

WHOW THE BIG 1520 across Central Illinois, 92-point-3 FM in Clinton and 106.5 FM in Lincoln, again sponsored the Antique Tractor Show Contest at this week's Greater Peoria Farm Show.


Attendees were invited to submit their favorite antique tractors on display, on ballots during the show.


WHOW announced those winners today (FRI) on its Noon Farm Show.  They included the first place winner being an I-H 400 owned by Jerry Tibbs of Topeka, Illinois, who won a 150-dollar gift card from WHOW.


Second place was an Oliver Row Crop 77 owned by George Wehyrich of San Jose, Illinois, who won a 100-dollar gift card from WHOW.


Third place winner was an Allice-Chalmers WC tractor owned by Bob Blue, of Canton, Illinois, who won a 50-dollar gift card from WHOW.


WHOW and the Greater Peoria Farm Show thank all the antique tractor owners that brought their machinery to this year's show.


The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 12/9/19 to 12/13/19

On The Show this week....


12/9 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Curt Alexander – Altorfer
Joe Fecht – Stine Seed


12/9 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
LIVE @ IL Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago


12/10 am
Becky Jo Smith – Valent
Rodney Connor – Indigo


12/10 noon
Travis Deppe – Dir of PCM Program W/ IL Corn Growers


12/11 am
Curt Kimmell – Bates Commodities
Kerry Baer – Beck's Hybrids


12/11 noon
Allen Bailey – HarvestSolar
Doug Nelson – Wyffels Hybrids


12/12 am
Dr. Elwin Taylor – Climatologist w/ Iowa State University


12/12 noon
Brendan Bachman – Growmark
Randy Dickhut – Farmers National Company


12/13 am
Rick Myrop – Climate Corp 
Jim Hedges – Winfield United


12/13 noon
Michael Musselman – Martin-Till
Dan Rokicki – Ferrell Gas






The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 12/2/19 to 12/6/19

On the Show this week....LOTS of expanded coverage from the Greater Peoria Farm Show!  I'll be live from the Civic Center Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:20p to 1p each day on WHOW.  We'll be on WTIM from 12:20p to 12:35p each day.  If you're at PFS, stop by and say hi at the Antique Tractor Show, and be sure to vote for your favorites!  



12/2 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Julie Armstrong – Ex Dir @ IL Nutrient Education Council


12/2 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Mitch Heisler – Marketing Manager @ Wyffels Hybrids


12/3 am
Bill Cook – Ex Dir @ Missouri Hemp Association


12/3 noon
LIVE @ Greater Peoria Farm Show
(12:20p to 1p on WHOW) 
(12:20p to 12:35p on WTIM)


12/4 am
Rodney Weinzerl – Ex Dir @ IL Corn Growers Association


12/4 noon
LIVE @ Greater Peoria Farm Show
(12:20p to 1p on WHOW) 
(12:20p to 12:35p on WTIM)


12/5 am
Bill Leigh – President of IL Corn Growers Association


12/5 noon
LIVE @ Greater Peoria Farm Show
(12:20p to 1p on WHOW) 
(12:20p to 12:35p on WTIM)


12/6 am
Eric Snodgrass – Lead Atmospheric Scientist w/ Nutrien Ag 


12/6 noon
LIVE in Studio w/ Jerry Tibbs – PFS Tractor Show Winners





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 11/25/19 - 11/29/19

Next week on the Show....



11/25 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Matt Bennett – Channel Seed Grain Market Analyst &
Brandon Suragi – FMC 


11/25 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Darren Moser – Clinton YMCA Acres For Kids Program


11/26 am
Veronica Nigh – Trade Economist W/ AFBF


11/26 noon
Bill Gordon – VP of American Soybean Association &
Mathew Wiggins – Agronomist w/ FMC


11/27 am
Kevin Jones – Chair of USMEF &
Jon Niemeyer – ESN Nitrogen


11/27 noon
Joe Pisaqui – USDA NASS &
Paula Halibiki – BASF


11/28 am
David Brix – Macon County Harvest Report (Best Of)


11/28 noon
Austin Rinker – Shelby County Harvest Update (Best Of)


11/29 am
Jerry Tibbs – Peoria Farm Show Antique Tractor Show


11/29 noon
Dave Carter – National Bison Association &
Whitney Munon – Channel Seed Agronomist





Confidence In Potential China Deal Mixed At Best

As expected, the ongoing trade war with China was one of the predominant talking points among those in attendance at last week's 76th annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City.  NAFB Farm Broadcaster Jared White notes many experts showed a wide range of confidence, or lack there-of, in a China resolution coming soon....




(Audio with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue; Veronica Nigh - AFBF; Matt Bennett - Channel Seed Grain Consultant & Farmer)


The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 11/19/19 - 11/23/19


The rest of this week's schedule.....


11/19 am
Emerson Nafziger – Professor Emeritus @ U of I (Pt 2)

11/19 noon
Chris Kamenskei – Channel Seed Agronomist

11/20 am
USDA Sectretary Sonny Perdue @ NAFB (Part 1)

11/20 noon
LIVE @ Macon County Farm Bureau

11/21 am
USDA Sectretary Sonny Perdue @ NAFB (Part 2)

11/21 noon
Kevin Ross – President of National Corn Growers Association

11/22 am
USDA Sectretary Sonny Perdue @ NAFB (Part 3)

11/22 noon
David Murphy – Peoria County Farmer






The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 11/11/19 - 11/20/19

Next week on the Show....


11/11 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Lance Tarchione – Dekalb/Asgrow Agronomist


11/11 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
David Brix – Macon County Harvest Report


11/12 am
Brian Duncan – ILFB VP & Ogle County Farmer


11/12 noon
Ryan Holt & Tyler Baker – DeWitt County Hemp Farm (Pt 1)


11/13 am
Tom Heironymous – DeWitt County Farmer


11/13 noon
Ryan Holt & Tyler Baker – DeWitt County Hemp Farm (Pt 2)


11/14 am
Kelly Estes – U of I State Pest Survey


11/14 noon
Doug Gucker – DeWitt, Macon, Piatt U of I Extension


11/15 am
Karl Probst – Coles County Farmer 


11/15 noon
Jerry Tibbs – Peoria Farm Show Antique Tractor Show


11/18 am
Emerson Nafziger – Professor Emeritus @ U of I (Pt 1)


11/18 noon
LIVE @ DeWitt County Farm Bureau


11/19 am
Emerson Nafziger – Professor Emeritus @ U of I (Pt 2)


11/19 noon
Chris Kamenskei – Channel Seed Agronomist


11/20 am


11/20 noon
LIVE @ Macon County Farm Bureau




The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 11/4/19 - 11/8/19

On the Show next week....


11/4 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Eric Snodgrass – Lead Atmospheric Scientist w/ Nutrien Ag 


11/4 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Dennis Bork – Eastern Macon County Harvest Report


11/5 am
Dave Carr – Southern Macon County Harvest Report


11/5 noon
Aaron Hager – Professor of Weed Science @ U of I


11/6 am
Kevin Nelson – Northern Illinois Agronomist


11/6 noon
David Dorn Jr – Southern Christian County Harvest Report


11/7 am
Len Corzine – Eastern Christian County Harvest Report


11/7 noon
Brian Weihmer – Agronomist w/ LG Seeds


11/8 am
Austin Rincker – Western Shelby County Harvest Report


11/8 noon
Andrew Newberg – Southern DeWitt County Harvest Report








The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 10/28/19 - 11/1/19

Next week on the Show....


10/28 am
Matt Hughes – Southwestern McLean County Harvest Report


10/28 noon
Danny Himes – Sales MGR in Christian, Shelby, Montgomery, & Sangamon Counties for LG Seeds


10/29 am
Jeff Scott – Southern Christian County Harvest Report


10/29 noon
Robert Klemm – Northwestern DeWitt County Harvest Report


10/30 am
Brad Wade – Southern McLean County Harvest Report


10/30 noon
Mellisa McMillan – Christian County Farm Bureau Manager


10/31 am
Andrew Newberg – Southern DeWitt County Harvest Report


10/31 noon
Craig Paulek – Northern Christian County Harvest Report


11/1 am
Jim Harrington – LG Seeds DSM in DeWitt, Macon, Piatt, Champaign


11/1 noon
Ryan Utterback – Southeastern DeWitt County Harvest Report







The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 10/21/19 - 10/25/19

Lots of time on combines this week!  Next week on The Show....


10/21 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Alex Head – Southwestern Macon County Harvest Report


10/21 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Andy Bolsen – Northern Moultrie County Harvest Report


10/22 am
Chad Kalaher – Agronomist w/ Beck's Hybrids


10/22 noon
Marvin Finfrock III – Central DeWitt County Harvest Report


10/23 am
Lucas Roney – Central Moultrie County Harvest Report


10/23 noon
Matt Bennett – Central Shelby County Harvest Report


10/24 am
Elliott Burgett – Western Macon County Harvest Report


10/24 noon
Stephanie Porter – Agronomist w/ Golden Harvest


10/25 am
Brian Schaumberg – Northern McLean County Farmer


10/25 noon
Paul Butler – Macon County Harvest Report




The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 10/14/19 to 10/18/19

On the Show next week....


10/14 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Scott Durbin – Central Christian County Harvest Report


10/14 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Jake Lieb – Southern Piatt County Harvest Report


10/15 am
Molly Pelzer – New CEO of Midwest Dairy


10/15 noon
Jeff Brown – Southern Macon County Harvest Report


10/16 am
David Brown – Western Macon County Harvest Report


10/16 noon
Ken Franklin – Western Christian County Harvest Report


10/17 am
Jim Reed – Northern Piatt County Harvest Report


10/17 noon
Nathan Wentworth – Western Macon County Harvest Report


10/18 am
Bryan Sharp – Central Christian County Harvest Report


10/18 noon
Kyle Meece – Innovative Agronomy Lead w/ United Prairie





Wet Weather Possible For Fall and Winter

After a challenging start to the 2019 growing season, September precipitation patterns split the state with repeated heavy rainfall in northern Illinois, while south of I-72 saw less than half of normal rainfall. Temperatures were above average allowing for the crucial accumulation of growing day units late in the season before the first frost. Cold weather is coming behind a powerful winter storm on Oct. 10-13 that will likely bring frost to the northern parts of Illinois, but the biggest challenge through October might be frequent rainfall.
Keep a close eye on the Pacific Ocean this fall as a “Modoki” EL Niño sets up with cool water off South America, but warm water in the central Pacific. This, combined with a warm north Pacific Ocean and the strongest positive Indian Ocean Dipole in recent years will likely produce a strong subtropical jet stream. If these features dominate the flow of the atmosphere, expect a very active and potentially wet start to winter for Illinois farms in November and December.


Aaron Johnson Named Interim Farm Credit Illinois President

Following the unexpected passing of president & CEO Tom Tracy last month, the Association's leadership succession plan was activated and Aaron Johnson was named interim CEO by the FCI Board of Directors. On Oct. 10, the Board held a special meeting to finalize a selection process for naming FCI's next permanent CEO.

"As challenging as the loss of Tom has been for this organization, the Board is absolutely confident in the steady and competent leadership of Aaron and the senior management team at this critical time," states Eric Mosbey, FCI Board chair. "The Board commits to exercising due diligence over the coming weeks to name a permanent CEO."

"Thank you to so many extended members of the FCI family for the comfort and support expressed to the Association over the past few weeks," says Aaron Johnson. " It's genuinely humbling to continue building on Tom's impactful legacy at FCI as your interim CEO. We have an extraordinary team in place dedicated to Helping Farm Families Succeed - just as our members have come to expect."

With more than 32 years of Farm Credit career experience, Johnson served as FCI's executive vice president since Jan. 1, 2015.


In The Field With The 2020 Baum Chevy Silverado HD (PICS)








The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 10/7/19 to 10/11/19

Harvest is slowly starting to pick up steam.  Hopefully a full week of combine riding next week!  


On the Show next week....


10/7 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Matt Bennett – Bennett Consulting &


10/7 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Adam Brown – Macon County Farmer & USDA Advisory Committee Member


10/8 am
Ken Ferrie – Crop Tech Consulting & Farm Journal Agronomist


10/8 noon
Brian Basting – Economist @ Advanced Trading Inc.


10/9 am
Heath Houck – Montgomery County Farmer


10/9 noon
Dave Steward – Western DeWitt County Combine Report


10/10 am
Shaun Tyson – Market On The Hill In Mt. Pulaski


10/10 noon
Randy Niver – Dekalb/Asgrow Agronomist in East Central IL


10/11 am
Matt Meisner – Farmers Business Network on 2019 Seed Pricing Report


10/11 noon
Gary Schnitkey – U of I Ag Economist on Incomes & Cash Rent






The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 9/30/19 - 10/4/19

Next week on the Show...


First combine ride of the season in the books!  If you'd like to be a part of this year's harvest reports, drop me a line at! - Jared



9/30 am
Chris Miller – National Weather Service


9/30 noon
Carl & Cole Newbauer & Shelby Cooper – McLean Farm Bureau Safety Day


10/1 am
Bob Lawless – Golden Harvest Agronomist


10/1 noon
Derek Martin – Logan County Farmer (Combine Report)


10/2 am
Joe Schuele – US Meat Export Federation


10/2 noon
Gail Sasse – Gail's Pumpkin Patch In Logan County


10/3 am
Travis Meteer – U of I Extension Beef Specialist


10/3 noon
Allie Reinecke – New DeWitt County Farm Bureau Manager


10/4 am
Dave Newcomb – IL Fire Service Institute


10/4 noon
Dennis St. Aubin – CHS on Propane






Farm Credit Illinois Mourning Unexpected Loss of CEO

Farm Credit Illinois released a statement Wednesday afternoon, that its 47-year-old CEO Tom Tracy, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning.


Here is the statement released by FCI Wednesday afternoon:


Dear FCI family & friends,

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you that our beloved leader and CEO Tom Tracy passed away early Wednesday morning from health complications.

Tom was an extraordinary executive with a brilliant financial mind and a kind and charitable heart. His leadership embodied the Association’s Helping Farm Families Succeed core purpose. Tom had an unwavering commitment to growing a financially strong cooperative for its farmer-owners – all while promoting an engaging and family-like work culture.

Tom joined the Association 10 years ago and began serving as President & CEO in 2015. Prior to joining FCI, he worked 20 years in banking and served as a senior officer and board member of a publicly traded financial institution. He received an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a master's degree in business administration from Eastern Illinois University. He obtained certifications from various banking programs and in risk management from the Kellogg School of Business. Tom served on the board of the Kirby Hospital Foundation in Monticello.

Tom is survived by his parents Thomas and Paula Tracy, of Ivesdale, and his wife Erin and children – Alex and Maggie, of rural Piatt County.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for Tom’s extended family and his many dear friends and colleagues.

Yours sincerely,
Eric Mosbey
Chair, Board of Directors
Aaron Johnson
Interim President & CEO


Funeral arrangements are pending.


The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 9/23/19 - 9/27/19


Harvest is slowly beginning across central Illinois.  Hoping to start riding in some combines within the next week!  If your farm would like to be featured on our Combine Reports this fall, just shoot me an email at!  J


Next week on the show....


9/23 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Eric Snodgrass - Atmospheric Scientist w/ Nutrien Ag Solutions


9/23 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Jeff Scott – Christian County Farmer Bringing SILO Movie To Pana 9/26  &
Sam Goldberg – SILO Producer


9/24 am
Nic Hustede – FMC Agronomist  &
Marc Burns – CaseIH on Sprayers


9/24 noon
Andy Thompson – Yetter Farm Equipment  &
Mike Van Horn – J&M Manufacturing


9/25 am
Matt Montgomery – Pioneer Agronomist


9/25 noon
Tom Scheff – Golden Harvest  &
Nolan Paxton – FMC on 3D Thrive


9/26 am
Lance Brown – GSI  &
Bill Webber – CaseIH on Tractors


9/26 noon
Alex Saleznov – National Hemp Association  &
Scott Youngman – Corteva on Enlist


9/27 am
Kim Wideman – New Holland  &
Eric Broadbent - Kinze


9/27 noon
Justin Kaufman – Precision Plant  &
Liz Knutson - Pioneer on Corn






The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 9/16/19 - 9/20/19


Next Week on the Show....


9/16 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Rod Stoll – Farm Credit Illinois - Farm Safety Week &
Maroa-Forsyth FFA - Drone Safety 


9/16 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Greg Souder – 360 Yield Center &
Allen O'Strauss – Clauss


9/17 am
Andrew Sunderman – Fendt &
Mike Koenings – Corteva


9/17 noon
Dave Newcomb – IL Fire Service Institute


9/18 am
Ed Wassum – National Hemp Association & CO Farmer


9/18 noon
Michael Flintoff – MacDon &
Josh Sauder – Granular


9/19 am
Kaitlyn Bissonette – SCN Coalition &
Kevin Kersey – Roxor


9/19 noon
Greg Thompson – Sentera &
Tom Davis – AgDirect


9/20 am
Ryan Hough – John Deere &
Pete Itenburk – Dekalb


9/20 noon
Sam Goldberg – SILO Producer &
Raimi Pittinger – KY Farmer






Perception of the Illinois State Fair from a City Teenager

NOTE;  Rebecca Wiggins is a Taylorville teenager that enjoys writing.  She shared with us, her perception of being a city girl while attending last month's Illinois State Fair.  Her story is below.

--Randal J. Miller, President,


Last year, I had the opportunity to explore the agricultural aspects of the Illinois State Fair. I learned many things I hadn't previously known, and the experience was a great way to educate myself on the importance of agriculture in our community. This year, I wanted to continue to expand my knowledge by seeing some of the key agricultural sights the fair had to offer.


The Agriculture Tent seemed like the perfect place to start, for obvious reasons. It gave an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the specialty crops grown in Illinois, as well as watch demonstrations, and speak to experienced farmers about their day-to-day routines. There was also an activity primarily used to see if you had the strength to pull someone out of a grain bin. I suppose this wasn't an issue I had ever thought about, but after reading up on the topic, and also having someone speak to me on the importance of grain bin safety, I can understand the significance of knowing how to properly enter a grain bin, if need be. The Agriculture Tent also held hidden gems, like sweet corn, and delicious apple cider slushies! 


If you ever get hungry at the Illinois State Fair, one of the best places to be is the Illinois Pork Producers Booth. There you will find incredible pork chop sandwiches and savory baked potatoes. The Illinois Pork Producers also offer a variety of educational resources to help everyone understand where our food comes from, as well as how important pork production is. Illinois is ranked fourth in the country in terms of pork production, and this creates approximately ten thousand five hundred jobs. Over eight million pigs are raised in Illinois annually, which amounts to around two billion pounds of pork. 


Conservation World is a great place to learn more about wildlife in Illinois. This year, I decided to focus on fish and bees, two of the primary exhibits that were shown there. I learned about the value of pollination, and how we can help to create a functional ecosystem for pollinators to encourage them to live in our neighborhoods. In terms of fish, I was able to view a tank filled with Illinois native species and talk to experts on the topic.


Overall, the Illinois State Fair is always a fantastic place to educate yourself on the importance of agriculture, and you can have fun in the process!


The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 9/9/19 - 9/13/19

Next week on the Show....


9/9 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Lance Tarchione – Dekalb Agronomist


9/9 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Steve Nicholson – RaboAgrifinance & Brock Helgerson – Channel Seed


9/10 am
IL Senator Chapin Rose & David Palmer – Kubota


9/10 noon
Mike Warner – Wyffels & Jess Smithers – Richland Community College


9/11 am
Danny Himes – LG Seeds & Dave Bickett – Hotsy


9/11 noon
Erica Stark – National Hemp Association


9/12 am
Charles Baron – Farmers Business Network 


9/12 noon
Jerry Toohill – Stone Seed & Craig Hunt – AGI


9/13 am
Tim Norris – SmartAg & Lisa Bachlege – Morton Buildings


9/13 noon
Tony McClellan – CaseIH Planters & Brandon Milligan – Windsor FFA





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