Rural Communications Act of 2018

Many viewers of Ag PhD watch our show on RFD-TV, an independent television network that provides programming focused on agriculture and rural life. Across television markets in the United States, urban media companies are attempting to force independent, rural-focused stations like RFD-TV off the air.

For more information about the future of rural programming and how the Rural Communications Act could affect you, Patrick Gottsch, President of Rural Media Group, has released a statement detailing how you can take action to preserve access to rural programming.

Click Here to Read Patrick’s Letter

Click Here to Find and Contact Your Congressional Representatives

Thank you so much for your support. By making your voices heard to your representatives in Washington, D.C., we can help to preserve important, independent rural programming.

Ag PhD Insider Magazine

Ag PhD Insider magazine is a NEW bi-monthly publication continuing Ag PhD’s mission of providing valuable information to improve your production and bottom line. With regular features on farmers pushing the envelope of innovation, as well as informational columns covering agronomic best practices, the latest equipment technologies, and cutting edge research, Ag PhD Insider provides you with a wide range of the information you need to make the best possible farm investment decisions.

Go to AGPHDINSIDER.COM for more information.

Note: If you currently receive the Ag PhD Newsletter, that will be discontinued and replaced with this more expansive and more informational publication, so

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Host of SHARKFARMER Radio.

Rob Sharkey is a purebred farmer dedicated to championing farmers and their stories. A 5th generation farmer from Bradford, Illinois, Rob learned the ins and outs of farming from his dad and took to it like a shark to water.

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is farm,” says Rob.  “It’s what I was meant to do.”

But as is common with many farm operations, the future of the Sharkey farm wasn’t always certain. After Rob returned home from college to farm in the 90s, his farm was invested heavily in hogs. Then, the hog market fell through.

In spite of an empty checking account and bankers and naysayers urging him to call it quits, Rob persevered. He fought through the crisis and diversified, pulling the operation forward on the strength of his determination and passion for farming.

“I love farming, and didn’t want to quit,” says Rob. “My family has farmed for 150 years, and I was not going to let it all end with me.”

Now, Sharkey is a successful crop farmer of 2000 acres, as well as a whitetail deer outfitter. With his wife, Emily, he is working to continue the Sharkey Farm legacy into the 6th generation by instilling his love of farming into his four children.

It is stories like his that the Shark Farmer wants to share. Farming is tough, and it takes tough people to farm. That’s what Shark Farmer Radio is all about – not being shy about highlighting the struggles and successes of farmers and elevating those stories for everyone to hear. There are thousands of stories out there of tough farmers who have not gotten the recognition they deserve. Shark Farmer Radio is here to change that.

Hosted by Rob Sharkey

30-Minute Program Airing Weekdays Following Ag PhD Radio on Rural Radio SiriusXM 147.

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Ag PhD: Information for Agriculture

Hosted by Darren and Brian Hefty, Ag PhD is Information for Agriculture. Around the country and around the world, agriculture producers Watch and Listen to Ag PhD.

For the latest information on how to take your operation from Good to Great, tune into Ag PhD on Television, Radio, or watch and listen on your computer RIGHT HERE. With information ranging from how to maximize your fertilizer program & tiling to stopping those yield-robbing insects and crop diseases and more. Plus, you’ll enjoy our weekly segments, including Farm Basics, Iron Talk, and the Weed of the Week.

Agriculture is the most important industry in the world, and we bring you the information you need to best manage your business.

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Volunteer Corn Control

June 7th, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

What a year for volunteer corn! We started getting calls and emails about it in April this year before we even had corn out of the ground on our farm. With all the […]

White Mold Answers

June 7th, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

If you could gain 85 bushels of soybeans by investing $85 per acre more than what you currently are, would you do it?

When I asked you that question, you likely thought one of […]

Nitrogen Needs in Corn

June 7th, 2018|

By Darren Hefty

How much nitrogen does your corn crop need? How can you best determine IF you need more nitrogen this season? If so, when, and where are you going to apply it? Let’s take […]

Ag PhD Field Day – July 26th!

June 7th, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

Thank you! The reason we host the free Ag PhD Field Day each year is to say THANK YOU! Ag PhD TV has now aired for more than 20 years. The Ag PhD […]

Less Stress, More Success

June 7th, 2018|

By Grain PhD

You just spent many long and demanding hours in the field planting your crops, and you are continuing to work hard to make sure all that effort pays off. Now is the time […]

Introducing the Ag PhD Insider Magazine

June 7th, 2018|

By Brian Hefty

Beginning next month, we are replacing the Ag PhD newsletter with the Ag PhD Insider magazine. The magazine will publish every other month, so 6 times per year. We want to thank you […]