Senate Confirms Ibach to USDA


The Senate confirmed Greg Ibach to the Department of Agriculture. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts announced the approval of Ibach as the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA. Ibach previously served as the Nebraska Director of Agriculture.

Congress Member Questions Trump’s Ability to Withdraw From NAFTA

Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind is questioning President Trump’s ability to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Kind said: “Constitutionally, I think the president would be on pretty shaky grounds if he tries”. Kind said he believes any tariff changes would “have to come under Congress.” Kind represents Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District, which Kind calls one of the most productive farming regions in the country.

Kale as Superfood Gets Another Boost

We’ve heard kale dubbed as a ‘super food’ that has many preparation options from raw, to baked to fried, but now Clemson University researchers have found that eating kale may help billions of people worldwide overcome micronutrient malnutrition.

Micronutrient malnutrition, or “hidden hunger,” affects people everywhere who do not eat sufficient daily quantities of such micronutrients as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc that are found in leafy green vegetables. The researchers determined people could eat kale to help supply their bodies with these much-needed nutrients. Researchers concluded kale is a whole food source of essential minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and copper. The study also determined kale is an excellent source of dietary fiber, including sugar alcohols, and range of prebiotic carbohydrates that would help to increase healthy gut bacteria. In addition, fresh kale is a low-calorie food (36-98 calories per 100-gram serving) with moderate levels of protein (1.6 to 5.9 grams per 100-gram serving).

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.