This Week in Agribusiness, Jan. 6, 2024

Farm bill and policy, board member qualities, using a solar array on the farm, soybean pest control, the Farm Futures Business Summit, electric tractors and farmer connections are highlighted this week.

January 6, 2024

46 Min View

Mike kicks off the broadcast with Mary Kay Thatcher, director of public policy, Syngenta, about the possibilities of a farm bill in 2024; looking down the road to other policies, including regulations from the EPA; and trade agreements.

Ted Siefried, Zaner Ag Hedge, joins Mike at the desk to recap the 2023 markets, and look forward to what can be expected in 2024, including: South American impact on corn, ethanol, risk management strategies, soybean concerns, wheat pull-back and more.

Greg Soulje is in with a weather forecast for the week.

Max talked to Keri Jacobs, University of Missouri, about training and working with farmers who are board members in ag organizations. She also talks about the qualities of board members.

Lorrie Boyer reports from Colorado at Jack’s Solar Garden. The operation uses agritourism, as well as photovoltaic panels on the farm to keep the farm business going. Byron Kominek talks about the panels and how it works.

In the Plan Smart, Grow Smart segment, Max talks to Albre Brown, technical marketing manager, BASF, about pest control in soybean field, including fungicide options, benefits to preventive application and more.

Greg is back with an extended weather outlook.

Mike Wilson talks to Mike about the upcoming Farm Futures Business Summit. The learning opportunity runs Jan. 9-11 in Coralville, Iowa. Register now.

There’s a 1971 International 544 in Max's Tractor Shed this week.

Mark Stock shares the lineup for BigIron Auctions.

The FFA tribute this week goes to Jaywon Sloan, Arkansas State FFA northwest vice president.

In the ag tech segment, Chad Colby talked to Martin Hein, Hein Ranch, Bakersfield, Cal., about the electric tractor he’s using on the farm, including the automation, connectivity and more.

Mike recently traveled to Boise, Idaho, for the Idaho Farm and Ranch conference. He challenges farmers to resolve to get together in person with farming peers in the new year, and shares some upcoming events.

This Week in Agribusiness features market news, ag technology, weather and farms, weekly on RFD-TV, and can be found each week on

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