The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 9/21/20 - 9/25/20

Next week on The Show....


9/21 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Eric Snodgrass – Chief Atmospheric Scientist w/ Nutrien Ag Solutions


9/21 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Dave Newcomb – IL State Fire Institute on Farm Safety


9/22 am
David Brown – Macon Co Farmer & WAND-TV Farm Broadcaster


9/22 noon
Matt Montgomery – Pioneer Agronomist in West Central Illinois


9/23 am
Brad Clow – Crop Operations Manager W/ Country Insurance


9/23 noon
Brian Dirks – McLean Co Farmer & MCFB Vice President


9/24 am
Rodney Knittel – Ast. Dir. of Transportation & Infrastructure @ ILFB


9/24 noon
Lauren Lurkins – Dir. of Environmental Policy @ ILFB


9/25 am
Jason Haegle – Agronomist in Central IL w/ Winfield United


9/25 noon
Randy & Robert Williams – Big Bud  (World's Largest Tractor)




Live Coverage Of Farm Progress Virtual Experience Begins Today

The 2020 Farm Progress Virtual Experience goes live today (9/15), and has expanded coverage over the next three days!


I was able to travel to Boone, IA earlier this month to attend the taping of the footage featured in the FPS Virtual Experience.  Over the next three days, we'll talk about the new equipment making it's debut at this unique online event.  We'll also talk quite a bit about seeing the extensive storm damage in Iowa firsthand.


There were less than 20 outside media onhand for the Boone event, so it's a pretty unique perspective of information!  Some highlights of this week's coverage include discussion on the John Deere X9; the new DOT system from Raven; Fendt's new tractors; and a conversation with the Williams Brothers on Big Bud!


Extended live coverage of the Farm Progress Virtual Experience airs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on both WHOW & WTIM & here on  


WHOW & - 12:20p to 2p each day

WTIM - 12:20p to 1p each day


- Jared







The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 9/14/20 - 9/18/20

On The Show this LOTS of extra coverage from my recent trip to Boone, IA for the filming of the Farm Progress Virtual Experience!


9/14 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Matt Jungmann – Farm Progress Show Manager


9/14 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Ken Ferrie – Crop Tech Consulting & Farm Journal Agronomist


9/15 am
Jan Wenke – Piatt County 4H Coordinator & Dr. Nathan Pyatt – IL 4H Hall of Fame


9/15 noon
LIVE Farm Progress Show Experience Coverage
12:20 – 2p on WHOW
12:20 – 1p on WTIM


9/16 am
Matt Stolte – Stolte Seeds & Golden Prairie Popcorn in Montgomery County


9/16 noon
LIVE Farm Progress Show Experience Coverage
12:20 – 2p on WHOW
12:20 – 1p on WTIM


9/17 am
Lance Tarchione – Dekalb/Asgrow Agronomist in Western IL


9/17 noon
LIVE Farm Progress Show Experience Coverage
12:20 – 2p on WHOW
12:20 – 1p on WTIM


9/18 am
Raghela Scavuzzo – Associate Director of Food System Development @ ILFB


9/18 noon
Tim Stock – Ex VP @ Macon County Farm Bureua & Jennifer Fink – Dir of Info & Ag Lit Coordinator




The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 9/7/20 - 9/11/20

Next week on The Show...

9/7 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Amy Wertheim – Werthiem Farms & RGW Candy in Logan County (Best Of)

9/7 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Julie Armstrong – Executive Director of IL Nutrient Research Education Council (Best Of)

9/8 am
Tim Davis – Main Street Data on 2020 Yield Forecast

9/8 noon
Andy Heggenstaller – Head of Agronomy w/ Golden Harvest

9/9 am
Shaun Tyson – Logan County Farm & Mt Pulaksi Market On Hill

9/9 noon
LIVE @ DeWitt County Farm Bureau

9/10 am
Karl Setzer – Ag Economist @ Agrivisor

9/10 noon
Jeff Hake – McLean County Specialty Farm & Maple Sirup 

9/11 am
Chase Brown – Macon County Farmer on Cover Crops

9/11 noon
Mike Warner – DSM for Wyffels in Christian & Shelby






More Pics Of Iowa Derecho Damage

Traveled back thru Iowa eastbound on US-30 Tuesday. As I said Monday, words can’t describe the damage and pics really don’t do it justice.


It was actually pretty amazing how different the perspective was traveling with the direction the wind blew.


I’ll post these in order I took them from just east of Ames to the final pic just outside Cedar Rapids. Around 70 miles just on one stretch of road. I was told today the path is 40-50 miles wide....


Again I hope these farm families aren’t forgotten about, and much needed assistance continues.


We will be talking a lot about the status of the Iowa crop, damage, etc... during our virtual Farm Progress Show coverage on 9/15, 9/16, 9/17 on WHOW & WTIM.



Iowa Derecho Damage Pics

Heartbreaking drive across Iowa today. These pics don’t do it anything close to justice.


Every cornfield from Cedar Rapids to Marshalltown looked like this or worse. That’s a 70 mile stretch on US 30; and I didn’t venture north, which I’m told is worse. Basically if the corn crop from Clinton to Taylorville were wiped one storm...unbelievable.


Cornfields look like pastures. The corn that is standing is shredded. Every tree line has tops ripped out. Homes and farms damaged; some buildings destroyed. Soybeans don’t look to be effected, but there’s a lot of debris across the countryside.


I hope these farm families and communities get the support they deserve. It’s indescribable the amount of damage....Jared














































































The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 8/31/20 - 9/4/20

Next week on The Show....


8/31 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Rich Guebert – IL Farm Bureau President


8/31 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Matt Jungmann – Farm Progress Show Manager


9/1 am
Lindsey Burden – U of I Extension in Dewitt, Macon, Piatt &
Megan Barth – IL 4H Hall of Fame


9/1 noon
Austin Rincker – Shelby County Farmer & IL Soybean Assoc.


9/2 am
Doris Mold & Karisha Devlin - Co-CEO's of Annie's Project 


9/2 noon
Jennifer Nelson – Horticulturist & "Grounded & Growing" Blog


9/3 am
Danny Himes – Regional MGR for LG Seeds in Christian, Shelby, Montgomery 


9/3 noon
Caitlin Mellendorf – U of I Extension in DeWitt, Macon, Piatt on Canning


9/4 am
Jake Lieb – Piatt County Farmer & Bison Herd


9/4 noon
Jason Webster – PTI Farm Director For Precision Planting





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 8/24/20 - 8/28/20

Next week on The Show....


8/24 am   (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Brian Grete – Editor @ Pro Farmer & Dir of Eastern Crop Tour (pt1)


8/24 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Todd Hubbs – Agricultural Economist @ U of I


8/25 am
Brian Grete – Editor @ Pro Farmer & Dir of Eastern Crop Tour (pt2)


8/25 noon
Brian Duncan – IL Farm Bureau Vice President


8/26 am
Doug Gucker – U of I Extension in Dewitt, Macon, & Piatt


8/26 noon
Dennis Bork – Macon County Organic Farmer


8/27 am
Marvin Finfrock III – DeWitt County Farmer


8/27 noon
Jeff Brown – Macon County Farmer & Meridian FFA Foundation


8/28 am
Chad Kalaher – Agronomist with Beck's Hybrids


8/28 noon
LIVE @ DeWitt County Farm Bureau Golf Outing





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 8/17/20 - 8/21/20

On The Show next week...


8/17 am   (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Lance Muirhead – Macon County Farmer & MCFB Young Leaders


8/17 noon   (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Eric Snodgrass – Chief Atmospheric Scientist w/ Nutrien Ag Solutions


8/18 am
Julie Armstrong – Ex Dir of IL Nutrient Research Education Council


8/18 noon
Scott Durbin – Christian County Farmer 


8/19 am
Brian Schaumburg – McLean County Farmer


8/19 noon
Tim Stock – Macon County Farm Bureau


8/20 am
Jim Isermann – Soil Health Partnership 


8/20 noon
Phillip Alberti – U of I Ext. Educator On IL Hemp Industry 


8/21 am
Kent Reid – Farm Credit IL on Land Values Study


8/21 noon
Amy Wertheim – Werthiem Farms & RGW Candy in Logan County






The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 8/10/20 - 8/14/20

Next week on The Show...


8/10 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Chelsea Harbach – U of I Virtual Field Days @ Monmouth


8/10 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Mark Gebhards – Dir of Gov. Affairs & Commodities @ ILFB


8/11 am
Ted Maddox – Maddox Sweet Corn In Macon County


8/11 noon
Jim Reed – Piatt Co Farmer & IL Corn Marketing Board Member 


8/12 am
Kent Klineschmidt – Logan County Farmer


8/12 noon
Kyle Meece – Agronomy Manager @ United Prairie


8/13 am
Becca Dickens & Jarrod Yantis - Regenerative Life Produce Farm in Shelby County


8/13 noon
Karl Probst – Coles County Farmer


8/14 am
David Murphy – Peoria County Farmer


8/14 noon
Randy Niver – Dekalb/Asgrow Agronomist in East Central IL





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 7/27/20 - 8/7/20

Some time off coming up, so here's the schedule for the next two weeks on The Show....J


7/27 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Cassidy Delorto Blackwell – Farmer Training Manager @ Land Connection


7/27 noon   (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Ken Franklin – Christian County Farmer


7/28 am
Jan Wenke – 4H Program Coorinator @ Piatt County Extension


7/28 noon
Tadg Davis – Technical Sales Manager @ The Mosaic Company


7/29 am
Dave Steward – DeWitt County Farmer


7/29 noon
Grace Arnold – DeWitt County 4Her  &
Joey Wenke – Piatt County 4Her


7/30 am
Tanner Mickey – Christian County 4Her


7/30 noon
Charles Baron – Co-Founder of Farmers Business Network


7/31 am
Jason Haegle – Agronomist @ Winfield United


7/31 noon
Rob Shafer – McLean County Farmer & American Soybean Assoc. Board Member 


8/3 am
Kevin Nelson – Lasalle County Agronomist


8/3 noon
Lucas Roney – Moultrie County Farmer


8/4 am
Derek Martin – Logan County Farmer


8/4 noon
Ethan Aughenbaugh – Dewitt County 4Her  &
Morgan Drozs – DeWitt County 4Her


8/5 am
Natalie Rhoades – DeWitt County 4Her  &
Taylor Crouch – Macon County 4Her


8/5 noon
Bryan Sharp – Christian County Farmer


8/6 am
Sara Cotterill – CEO of Lineage Hemp


8/6 noon
Lizzie Schafer – Christian County 4Her


8/7 am
Matthew Horsman – Shelby County 4Her


8/7 noon
Nick Seiter – Field Crop Entomologist @ U of I 



The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 7/20/20 - 7/24/20

Next week on The Show....


7/20 am   (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Dave Bishop – Logan County Farmer & IL Stewardship Resilience Fund 


7/20 noon   (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Karl Setzer – Agrivisor on Commodity Markets


7/21 am
Jennifer Tirey – Executive Director @ IL Pork Producers


7/21 noon
Jim Isermann – Soil Health Partnership Cover Crop Study


7/22 am
Nick Seiter – Field Crop Entomologist @ U of I 


7/22 noon
Tim Stock & Jennifer Fink – Macon County Farm Bureau


7/23 am
Brian Weihmer – Technical Agronomist @ LG Seeds


7/23 noon
Joe Schuele – VP of Communications @ US Meat Export Federation


7/24 am
Nathan Kleczewski – U of I Extension Specialist in Field Crop Pathology


7/24 noon
Terry Ferguson – DeWitt County Farmer & Fair Board Member 






Farm Credit and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) are sponsoring the 2021 Ag Innovation Challenge – a national competition for food and agriculture entrepreneurs.


The Challenge supports startup companies dedicated to creating innovative solutions that address the needs of America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities.


This year, Farm Credit and AFBF are looking to highlight entrepreneurs addressing both traditional challenges farmers face on their operation – such as access to labor, optimizing yield and reducing operating costs – as well as entrepreneurs addressing new challenges facing farmers and rural communities due to COVID-19.


The Challenge application is open through July 31, and the top ten businesses will compete live for a total of $145,000 in startup funds at the 2021 AFBF Annual Convention in San Diego, Jan. 8-10, 2021.


Visit to learn more and apply.


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Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. As a nationwide network of member-owned cooperatives, each of the 72 independent financial institutions serve the U.S. farmers and ranchers, farmer-owned cooperatives and other agribusinesses, rural homebuyers, and rural infrastructure across all 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more than 100 years, Farm Credit has fulfilled its mission through challenging and prosperous times.



The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 7/13/20 - 7/17/20

Next week on The Show....


7/13 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Todd Hubbs – Ag Economist @  U of I


7/13 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Lindsey Burden – 4H Youth Development Educator @ Dewitt, Macon, Piatt Extension


7/14 am
Jason Lay – McLean County Farmer


7/14 noon
Liz Moran Stelk – IL Stewardship Alliance Resilience Fund 


7/15 am
Jennifer Nelson – Horticulturist & “Grounded & Growing” Blog


7/15 noon
Allison Reinecke – DeWitt County Farm Bureau


7/16 am
Kortney Hoerbert – Little Brown Cow Dairy in Delavan


7/16 noon
Kyle Reed – Hilltop Community Gardens in Mt Pulaski


7/17 am
Kevin Toohill – DeWitt County Farmer & U of I Student


7/17 noon
Bob Lawless – Golden Harvest Agronomist





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 7/6/20 - 7/10/20


On The Show next week...


7/6 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Eric Snodgrass – Principal Atmospheric Scientist @ Nutrien Ag


7/6 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Adam Brown – Macon Co Farmer & USDA Advisory Committee


7/7 am
Ryan Utterback – DeWitt County Farmer


7/7 noon
Matt Jungmann – National Events Manager @ Farm Progress


7/8 am
Susan Moore – IAA Foundation Director


7/8 noon
Eric Heeft – Tazewell County Farmer


7/9 am
Pat Toohill – McLean/DeWitt County Farmer


7/9 noon
Doug Schroeder – Champaign County Farmer & Chair of IL Soybean Association Board


7/10 am
Raghela Scavuzzo – IL Farm Bureau Food System Development


7/10 noon
John Anderson – U of Arkansas &  CAST Covid Impact Study




The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 6/29/20 - 7/3/20

Next week on The Show...


6/29 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Monica Nyman – St. Louis Dairy Council On June Dairy Month


6/29 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
William Graff – IL Ex. Dir. For USDA Farm Service Agency


6/30 am
Kevin Ross – President of NCGA & Iowa Farmer


6/30 noon
Nathan Wentworth – Macon County Farmer


7/1 am
Rick Eastham – Edgar County Farmer


7/1 noon
Lance Tarochione – Agronomist w/ Dekalb & Asgrow


7/2 am
Nathan Sasse – Sasse's Apiary in Logan County 


7/2 noon
Robert Klemm – DeWitt County Farmer & IL Farm Bureau Board 


7/3 am
Daniel Doyle – Lumpkin Family Foundation on Chicago Region Food System Fund 


7/3 noon
Mike Warner – Wyffels DSM in Christian & Shelby County 





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 6/22/20 - 6/26/20

On The Show next week...

6/22 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Lauren Lurkins – Director of Environmental Policy @ IL Farm Bureau


6/22 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Andrew Meister – Chair of Market On The Hill in Mt Pulaski


6/23 am
David Brix – Macon County Farmer


6/23 noon
Joe Camp – Manager @ Agrivisior


6/24 am
Doug Schroeder – Champaign County Farmer & Chair of IL Soybean Association Board


6/24 noon
Mellisa McMillan – Manager @ Christian County Farm Bureau


6/25 am
Laura Gentry – Director Of Water Quality Research @ IL Corn Growers Association


6/25 noon
Matt Hughes – McLean County Farmer


6/26 am
Kris Ehlers – Champaign County Farmer & CCA


6/26 noon
Heath Houck – Montgomery County Farmer




New Grocery Store Launches In Mt. Pulaski

Mt. Pulaski, IL -- After a successful year of planning and fundraising, the Market on the Hill, a new community-owned grocery store in Mt. Pulaski will open its doors for business on Monday, June 22nd on the corner of S. Layafette St. on the town square. A grand opening celebration will follow on Friday, June 26th. To better serve Logan County residents amidst the pandemic, all shoppers will receive 20% off fresh fruits and vegetables, guaranteed through September.

The Market on the Hill is a community-owned grocery store owned by 125 residents of Logan County. Store hours are 9am-7pm Monday- Saturday and 10-4pm on Sunday. The store is open to all, and shoppers need not be owners to take advantage of the store's many offerings. The store will feature a deli with high quality meats and cheeses and will carry a number of staple goods, including pantry items and fresh produce, with special efforts to source products directly from surrounding farms. Upon opening, shoppers can expect fresh greens and seasonal produce from Hilltop Community Gardens in Mt. Pulaski, honey from Sasse's apiaries in Chestnut, and beef from Tyson's Farm in Chestnut, with more local farm products to be added regularly.

"It was important to us to make sure the store not only helped feed our community, but serve as an economic driver as well. Every dollar that the store spends purchasing local products is a dollar that gets reinvested with area farmers who will reinvest it with other local businesses. There is an economic multiplier effect going on that will help our store do double the good—growing both the health and wealth of southern Logan county," says Andy Meister, Board President.

To further support the well-being of the community, the Market on the Hill will offer 20% off all locally-grown fresh produce, guaranteed through September.. The discount is made possible through a partnership with the Mt. Pulaski Economic Development Board and will make fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for shoppers of all income levels at a time when it is needed most.

"The Covid 19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity across the state, and our community feels it too," says Kim Martin, head of the Health Initiative Committee for the Market on the Hill board. "Just getting the store open will provide southern Logan County with greater food access, but we wanted to go a step further and help people afford more of the fresh, wholesome food that is often perceived as too expensive. We're doing what we can to make local produce accessible to everyone who needs it."

Opening week will consist of a "soft open" from Monday, June 22nd through Friday, June 26th at which time customers can shop the store as normal following state health guidelines. The soft open will provide staff the opportunity to work through any initial hiccups in preparation for the grand opening on Friday, June 26th at 6:00pm. The grand opening will feature a ribbon cutting with dignitaries and legislators and free light refreshments provided by Mike Richner Catering in partnership with John Wyss of Primo Grills. Local ingredients will be provided by Hilltop Community Gardens and Tyson's Farm. Outdoor seating will be available and state guidelines for social-distancing will be observed.

For more information about the Market on the Hill and opening week activities visit




Farm Credit Illinois Issues $28 Million In Cash Patronage Payments to 8,000 Borrowers

Nearly 8,000 Farm Credit Illinois borrowers receive their share of a $28 million cash patronage distribution this week.


This is FCI’s second consecutive patronage payment and represents 37.1% of the Association’s 2019 net earnings. In January, FCI’s Board of Directors declared a $28 million distribution after reviewing 2019 year-end financials and projecting capital and business needs for the coming year.

In true cooperative spirit and demonstrating Member Economic Participation – a guiding principle of all cooperative businesses – patronage is distributed equitably based on the business value each borrower contributed to the cooperative in 2019.


All checks arrive the week of June 15-19 by mail. Cash patronage is a tribute to generations of farm family cooperative members. Together, FCI and farm families celebrate the legacy of disciplined management from borrowers and cooperative managers alike, which allows FCI to deliver additional cooperative value.


“As a cooperative diligently managing its capital, FCI is well-positioned to provide $28 million of additional value to our farm family and agribusiness borrowers,” says Eric Mosbey, FCI Board Chair. “Cash patronage is a tangible and significant benefit of our cooperative structure.”


“Especially in these volatile economic times, unbudgeted revenue is welcomed by farm families,” says Aaron Johnson, FCI President and CEO. “The cooperative demonstrates its mission of Helping Farm Families Succeed through cash patronage.”


The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 6/15/20 - 6/19/20

Next week on The Show...


6/15 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Lexi Mueller – New IL FFA President & USDA's Ag USA – Protect Pollinators


6/15 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Doug Harlan – County Director @ U of I Extension Dewitt, Macon, & Piatt


6/16 am
Molly Schempp – New IL FFA Vice President & Emma Kuhns – IL FFA Treasurer


6/16 noon
Kris Ehlers – Champaign County Farmer & Certified Crop Advisor


6/17 am
Margaret Vaessen – New IL FFA Reporter & Jordi Oliver – New IL FFA Secretary


6/17 noon
Jennifer Fink – Director of Info & Ag Literacy Coordinator & Tim Stock – Ex. VP @ Macon CFB


6/18 am
Chase Brown – Macon County Farmer & IL Beef Board of Governors


6/18 noon
Grant Noland – Christian County Farmer


6/19 am
Emerson Nafziger – Professor Emeritus @ U of I


6/19 noon
Sara Marten – 4H Youth Educator @ U of I Ext Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin & Jersey





EPA Issues Dicamba Cancellation Order; IFB President Issues Statement


The Environmental Protection Agency responded to last week's Ninth Circuit ruling with this cancellation order....



Illinois Farm Bureau President, Richard Guebert, Jr., issued the following statement...


“Illinois Farm Bureau has worked quickly to engage in discussions with stakeholders since the Ninth Circuit ruling vacating the registrations of three dicamba herbicides was announced last week.. On June 5, IFB submitted a letter to USEPA expressing concern and urging the agency to consider remedies to avoid sudden disruption during the 2020 growing season. 


“The USEPA cancellation order outlines limited circumstances under which existing stocks of the three affected dicamba products can be used for a limited time. We appreciate the guidance from USEPA to allow our members to use the product without further disruption for the 2020 soybean crop. As the largest soybean producing state in the nation, Illinois farmers have a considerable financial investment in the technology and are committed to its responsible use..


“This announcement is a result of a groundswell of activity and engagement within our organization and across the country. Illinois Farm Bureau looks forward to working with Illinois Department of Agriculture Acting Director Jerry Costello on the implementation aspects of this order for Illinois farmers.”






WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12), John Shimkus (IL-15), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Rodney Davis (IL-13), and Darin LaHood (IL-18) authored a letter today to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging an appeal of the recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court that vacated three registrations of dicamba and request a Section 18 Emergency Use Authorization to provide guidance for producers. This decision comes at a time when soybean farmers across Illinois have already begun applying dicamba to their crop in order to achieve maximum yield potential.


"This decision by the Ninth Circuit Court could not come at a worse possible time for soybean farmers in Illinois," said Republican members of the Illinois Congressional delegation. "Dicamba is a vital part of over-the-top (OTT) application plans for soybean farmers across the Midwest, and especially in Illinois. This ruling only causes more uncertainty for producers who are trying to rebound from a historically tough 2019 season while ensuring planting takes place despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We urge Administrator Wheeler to appeal this decision immediately and request a stay of the court order to ensure farmers can finish their soybean planting season without having to worry about whether or not their crop will make it to harvest."



Text of the letter sent to Administrator Wheeler:


The Honorable Andrew Wheeler

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20460

Sent via electronic mail


Administrator Wheeler:


We write to you regarding the June 3, 2020 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to immediately vacate the registration of three dicamba products (Xtendimax, Engenia, and FeXapan) during the height of the application season. Your prompt attention to this matter is appreciated.


Illinois is the largest soybean producing state in the nation, and thousands of farmers use dicamba to ensure their crop reaches its maximum yield potential. This ruling comes at the height of the dicamba application season and has created chaos amongst farmers and manufacturers. The Court has not considered the consequences of their decision to immediately prohibit the use of dicamba, including the millions of dollars spent by soybean farmers on this product.


Many producers across Illinois made specific plans to apply dicamba to protect their soybeans from post-emergent weeds, such as water hemp. Manufacturers produced dicamba to fit the needs of producers and passed the product down the supply chain to retailers that stocked their inventory for farmers to purchase. Retailers are facing overstocked warehouses of an unusable product and will likely not have sufficient supplies of alternative product to ensure farmers have the ability to protect their crop.


We urge you to immediately appeal this federal court ruling and request a stay of the court order. If a stay is placed on the decision, producers will be able to continue to apply their remaining stocks of dicamba and not have to alter their plans to protect their soybean crop. Additionally, we request that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issue an existing stocks order to provide appropriate guidance to farmers and applicators, including a Section 18 Emergency Use authority for Illinois farmers.


Soybean farmers in Illinois are counting on the EPA to stand with them and ensure that they will be able to continue to use dicamba during the 2020 planting season. The decision by the Court has caused undue chaos for producers already facing adversities due to market volatility and COVID-19. Thank you for your urgent consideration of our request to help assist soybean growers throughout Illinois. If you have any further questions regarding this, or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.




IL Dept of Ag Statement On Dicamba Ruling

On June 3, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling immediately vacating the registrations of Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia. The Ninth Circuit ruled that USEPA’s registrations of those products violated The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).  Pursuant to FIFRA, all pesticides sold, used, or distributed in the United States must be registered with the USEPA. Therefore, effective June 3, 2020, based on the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, Xtendimax, FeXapan, and Engenia cannot be sold, used, or distributed as their registrations have been vacated.


While the Department has the authority to regulate the sale and use of pesticides within the State, it cannot permit any sale or use without a valid FIFRA registration. The Department acknowledges and is sympathetic to the challenges that the Court’s decision will pose to the industry.


The Department has not yet received any guidance from the USEPA, but we will continue to monitor this situation closely. As new information becomes available, the Department will provide updates on its website.


NCGA Statement on Dicamba Ruling

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is disappointed by the 9th Circuit's decision to vacate the Environmental Protection Agency's federal registrations for three dicamba products, Xtendimax, FeXapan, and Engenia. Farmers rely on EPA's science-based process for developing appropriate and safe guidelines for the use of crop protection products.


NCGA urges the EPA to immediately appeal this ruling and obtain a stay of this overreaching court order. This decision to remove a weed control option, especially in the middle of the season, adds yet another challenge to an already difficult time and sets a concerning precedent.


Farmers have invested in previously allowed dicamba products, EPA should offer clarifying guidance and allow the use of existing stocks. NCGA is working closely with its partners and the EPA to understand the full ramifications of this decision and what options lie ahead for the future of the product.


The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 6/8/20 - 6/12/20

Next week on The Show....

6/8 am  (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Wes Durbin – Shelby Co Farmer & Farm Credit Illinois Board Member 


6/8 noon  (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Rich Guebert – IL Farm Bureau President


6/9 am
Lisa Diaz – Director of Illinois 4-H


6/9 noon
Evan Marr – Morgan County Farmer & Farm Credit Illinois Directors Cup Winner


6/10 am
Mike Nelson – Ford County Farmer & Farm Credit Illinois Directors Cup Winner


6/10 noon
Allison Reinecke – Manager @ DeWitt County Farm Bureau


6/11 am
Kelly Estes – Illinois State Ag Pest Survey Coordinator


6/11 noon
Andy Schumacher – Cumberland County Farmer & Farm Credit Illinois Directors Cup


6/12 am
Alex Head – Macon County Farmer & Farm Credit Illinois Directors Cup Winner


6/12 noon
Rodney Weinzierl – Executive Director of IL Corn Growers Association





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