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Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's cattle market insight:  he comments on whether the fed cattle market has bottomed out, having leveled off after drifting lower for several weeks, and on the big surge in feeder cattle prices at the Kansas auctions last week.

9/1/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Economics of Testing Beef Calves For BVD... Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek reviews a new study on the economic value of testing beef calves for BVD:  how that testing affects the market value of those calves at auction, and why testing is so important for identifying persistently-infected cattle.

9/1/2014 7:00:00 PM


Stocker Role in Beef Cattle Herd Rebuilding is a Topic at Sept. 25 K-State Field Day



The role of stocker cattle in beef herd rebuilding, as well as production considerations and water use, are among topics planned for the 2014 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 25.
8/29/2014 8:00:00 AM


Agribusiness Expert Sees Big Potential in China for U.S. Corn, Livestock Exports



Recent government policy changes in China have the potential to boost U.S. agriculture, particularly the corn and livestock sectors, according to Iowa State University economics and finance professor Dermot Hayes. Photo courtesy of Iowa State University
8/28/2014 8:00:00 AM


K-State Research and Extension to Host Field Day at Columbus Sept. 26



K-State Research and Extension will host an agricultural field day at Columbus on Sept. 26. The event will start at the Cherokee County 4-H building located at 114 W. Country Rd. in Columbus. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be furnished by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
8/28/2014 8:00:00 AM


PACKING CORN SILAGE Play Audio



With corn silage harvest time here, this reminder comes from K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook): precision is a necessity when packing silage in a bunker or pile.  It starts with harvesting at the proper moisture content.  From there, the goal is assuring that the silage is packed tight.  Brouk talks this week about achieving that goal.                                            

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Smooth Transitions For Newly-Weaned Beef Calves... Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner looks at managing the feed intake of newly-weaned beef calves:  the rations that will allow for a smooth transition to dry feed, and how to present those rations effectively...using a stair-step process in administering the weaning diet, as developed at K-State's Agricultural Research Center at Hays.

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - High Plains Journal



July 30, 2014. Indianapolis, Indiana. The American Agricultural Editors’ Association is announcing its national awards, including the Story of the Year. And the winner is: The High Plains Journal from Dodge City, Kansas. Today we’ll learn about this remarkable publication and its emphasis on quality and innovation.
8/27/2014 8:00:00 AM


Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
8/27/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Farmer’s Daughter: A Women in Agriculture Series



Advancements in farming technology have opened the door to more women returning to run the family farm, which used to be considered a “man’s world.” High tech farm equipment has helped to alleviate the physical demands, and the need for business management skills fits the abilities of many women.
8/27/2014 8:00:00 AM


Upcoming Tailgating Contest For K-State Football Fans... Play Audio



The director of the "From the Land of Kansas" program at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Stacy Mayo, announces a new tailgating contest featuring Kansas-based food products, to take place at the K-State/Auburn game in September.

8/26/2014 7:00:00 PM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor provides this week's cattle market insight:  he breaks down the latest USDA cattle-on-feed report, and what that suggests about the geographical shift in cattle feeding in the central plains region....and he passes along his latest feedlot return projections.

8/24/2014 7:00:00 PM


AUTOMATED CALF FEEDERS Play Audio



K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk is receiving quite a few inquiries now about automated dairy calf feeding systems.  And with good reason, says Mike…these systems definitely save labor, and are beneficial in a variety of other ways.   But they also require a certain level of management…all of which Mike covers this week.                                        

8/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Successful Farming and Public Outreach Play Audio



Another featured speaker at that Risk and Profit Conference, southeast Kansas hog and crop producer Michael Springer, talks about that path to success that his multi-generation family farm has followed, and about what he's learned while serving as a public advocate for the hog industry in specific and agriculture in general...he believes that headway is being made by agriculture's public outreach efforts.

8/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Stanley Stout Center serves as multipurpose facility



Just over a year after opening its doors, Kansas State University’s Stanley Stout Center is proving it’s more than just a livestock marketing facility. In March 2013, the building opened its doors with a dedication ceremony in honor of its namesake, longtime livestock auctioneer and K-State supporter Stanley Stout, who died in 2006.
8/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


Expedited Beef Traceback Measures Aimed to Combat Foodborne Illness



The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has added another layer of food safety screening to the U.S. beef supply chain. A recent announcement by the agency stated that new procedures would mean quicker traceback of ground beef contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7 and removal of that ground beef from the supply chain to prevent foodborne illness.
8/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


Agricultural Law Update... Play Audio



Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University goes over several fresh new court rulings of interest to agricultural producers, including a dispute over a change in a farmland leasing arrangement that lead to the former tenant paying a hefty penalty...and another liability case over livestock on a roadway.

8/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

8/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

8/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State Staff and Students Among AAEA Award Winners



Two Kansas State University faculty members and four graduate students in the Department of Agricultural Economics received awards at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) annual meeting, hosted July 26-29, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
8/18/2014 8:00:00 AM


BCI Launches New Animal Care Training Website



If you’ve been to the Animal Care Training website lately, you’ll notice it has a new look.
8/18/2014 8:00:00 AM


More Than 5,000 Students Later, K-State’s Burton to Give One ‘Last Lecture’



From “Production Economics” to “Rural Banking,” for 30 years Bob Burton has helped shape students’ understanding of economic theory and more. The Kansas State University agricultural economics professor will give one last lecture on Tuesday, Aug. 26 and this time the public is invited.
8/18/2014 8:00:00 AM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary:  she looks ahead to this week's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and talks about the cow-calf producer decision on selling early-weaned calves versus retaining ownership and putting them on feed.

8/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



AGRICULTURE TODAY host Eric Atkinson examines today's news.

8/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


PRE-FRESH COW DIETS Play Audio



There’s some new thinking in diet formulation for feeding dairy cows in the weeks ahead of calving.  The accent is on feeding lower-energy feedstuffs during this period, and this week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk summarizes what new research in this area is saying to dairy producers.
 

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Animal Welfare Practices in the Cattle Industry Play Audio



K-State agricultural economics researcher Melissa McKendree and livestock economist Glynn Tonsor talk about Melissa's study of the differences in beef producer and consumer views on animal welfare practices in the cattle industry, which revealed useful information for the beef cattle sector in addressing future animal welfare issues...they will be presenting their findings at the upcoming K-State Risk and Profit Conference next week.

8/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


History Lesson in Packing Plant Closures



March 2008, Emporia, Kansas—a Tyson beef plant ceased a majority of its beef processing operations. February 2013, Plainview, Texas—Cargill stopped processing beef at one of its facilities. April 2014, Brawley, California—a beef packing plant operated by the National Beef Packing Co. closed its doors. In just the past two weeks, closing announcements of another Cargill packing plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and L&H Packing Co. in San Antonio, Texas, have come to light.
8/12/2014 8:00:00 AM


Pasture Lease Trends in North-Central Kansas... Play Audio



K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about a recent survey she and colleagues conducted of pasture lease trends in north-central Kansas, finding out information on rental rates, stocking rates, grazing season variations and other factors...she'll be presenting this information at the upcoming K-State Risk and Profit Conference next week in Manhattan.

8/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

8/11/2014 7:00:00 PM