WIBW Radio/KAN Podcast: RFA’s Sr. Strategic Advisor Bob Dinneen


Bob Dinneen, Senior Strategic Advisor with the Renewable Fuels Association joined us on Thursday’s Ag Issues program. The discussion focused on President Trump’s announcement on Tuesday, that the Environmental Protection Agency is beginning a formal rulemaking process to allow year-round of E15 nationwide.  Currently, E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) cannot be sold during the summer months in most of the country. Dinneen says he would like to see EPA get the final rule approved by next summer driving season and talked about the steps that still need to occur for that to happen.


Biosecurity Research Institute at KSU Working to Help Prevent Spread of African Swine Fever Virus in the U.S.

Dr. Steve Higgs, Director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University was the guest on Wednesday morning’s Ag Issues program on 580 WIBW.  Higgs discussed the African Swine Fever virus, and the studies underway at B.R.I. to try to prevent the spread of the virus to the United States.  Higgs talked about how the virus can be transmitted, and discussed some of the global outbreaks of the virus.


K-State Ag Economist Discussed Farm Bill Options, Plus Land Values and Rental Rates

Professor Mykel Taylor with Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics was the guest on Friday morning’s Ag Issues program on 580 WIBW.  Taylor discussed the differences between the pending farm bills, and what direction she believes the ag conference committee will go now that they’ve gone beyond the September deadline for passing a new farm bill.  Taylor also talked about the impact that the recent ag economy has had on land values and rental rates.

WIBW Radio/KAN Podcast: Preview of Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture Series


Steven Graham, Assistant to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director Emeritus at Kansas State University joined us to preview the 5th annual Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture Series. It will take place on Monday, October 8 at 7:00 pm, in McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University. The fifth lecture in the series will be presented by Sara Menker, founder and CEO of Gro Intellegence and the title of her lecture will be “Why there doesn’t need to be a global food crisis.”.

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Market Analyst: Markets Watching Weather and Trade Relations

Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities in Augusta, Ks. was the guest on Thursday morning’s Ag Issues program on 580 WIBW.  Tom discussed the lull pattern the grain markets appear to be in, and how wet weather forecasts could impact those markets.  He also talked about how global weather issues have affected wheat prices.  As for livestock markets, Tom talked about some of the current technical pressures, and a lack of fundamental factors to move those markets.

WIBW Radio/KAN Podcast: Kansas Cooperative Council President and CEO Brandi Miller


Brandi Miller, President and CEO of the Kansas Cooperative Council joined us on Wednesday’s Ag Issues program. The month of October is National Co-op Month and Miller talked about some of the activities that Kansas Co-op’s will be doing to celebrate National Co-op Month. It includes the KCC Co-op Month Challenge.


WIBW Radio/KAN Podcast: Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran Comments on NAFTA Agreement


Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran joined us on Tuesday’s Ag Issues program. The Senator gave his thoughts on Sunday’s announcement that the United States and Canada have come to an agreement the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement which will keep the agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Senator Moran commented on the importance of the deal to Kansas and also commented on the work still needing to be done for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to be approved by the U.S. Congress.


WIBW Radio/KAN Podcast: NAWG CEO Chandler Goule


Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers, joined us on Monday’s Ag Issues program. We got his reaction to Sunday’s announcement that the United States and Canada have reached an agreement on NAFTA 2.0 renegotiation and that it will move forward as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. As the details are coming out, Goule is optimistic that it will be beneficial to wheat growers. He also reacted to the announcement last week that the U.S. and Japan will engage in formal trade talks and the importance of Japan to the U.S. wheat industry.  Goule also expressed his disappointment that a new farm bill wasn’t passed before the expiration of the current farm bill on Sunday. He also remains optimistic that the leadership can get something done and the bill be voted on during the lame duck session of Congress.