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Ready, Set, Grill: K-State Will Host Barbecue 101 Workshop May 2 in Olathe



Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for novice grillers and seasoned (pardon the pun) veterans alike, on Saturday, May 2 in Olathe. K-State specialists will cover the basics of grilling, smoking, and food safety, plus a unique perspective on the science of barbecuing.
3/30/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary:  among other things,  she talks about the prospect of putting cull cows on feed compared to outright marketing them at culling time, and comments on the USDA's latest hogs-and-pigs report and its implications for the cattle trade.

3/29/2015 7:00:00 PM


CONTENDING WITH CALF SCOURS Play Audio



It’s a common occurrence on dairy farms…scours disease in newborn calves.  The variable spring weather has a lot to do with that, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk, as does sanitation in calf management.  This week, Mike talks about steps to follow in keeping incidences of calf scours to a minimum.
 

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


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.
3/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


Huck Boyd Institute to Present Leader of the Year Awards for Entrepreneurship, Diversity and Service



Outreach, innovation and service would be hallmarks of the five Kansas initiatives which are to be recognized by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as Leaders of the Year for 2015.
3/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


Contending With Neospora Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek discusses an often-overlooked pathogen that can cause abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers, called neospora: he talks about the nature of this affliction, and the options that cow-calf producers have in contending with it.

3/22/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides insight on the cattle markets this week:  he comments on the numbers from the USDA's monthly cattle-on-feed report released last Friday, and talks about the potential impact of the avian influenza situation in the poultry sector on domestic poultry supplies, and the ensuing effect on beef demand.

3/22/2015 7:00:00 PM


DAIRY LIGHTING IMPROVEMENTS Play Audio



For a variety of reasons, good lighting around the dairy operation is important.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk suggests that producers re-evaluate their lighting systems now, before field work begins.  And he further recommends that replacing existing lighting with LED lighting would be more than worthwhile. 

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


A Growing Interest in Forage Sorghum



As winter soon comes to a close, it is never too early to start planning feedstuffs production for cattle next winter. Forage sorghum offers a variety of benefits that help secure its place as one of those major feedstuffs.

3/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


Lean Meats and USDA Dietary Guidelines Play Audio



K-State meats specialist Travis O'Quinn comments on the proposed new USDA dietary guidelines, and why lean meats are getting shortchanged in that proposal, with the deadline for public comment on this now extended into May.

3/17/2015 7:00:00 PM


Specialist Urges Avian Flock Owners Near Basehor to Report



K-State Research and Extension poultry specialist Scott Beyer is urging owners of small avian flocks in the Basehor, Kansas area to contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture to let them know about their flocks.


3/17/2015 8:00:00 AM


Prescribed Burning Timing, Plus Continuous Grazing - Part Two Play Audio



K-State rangeland agronomist Clenton Owensby discusses the timing of prescribed burning, and the ensuing influence on stocker cattle gains, saying that the late-spring time frame remains the optimal burning window.  He also introduces a new continuous grazing concept that has proven its worth over multiple years of K-State field research, including season-long stocking, intensive early stocking and intensive early stocking combined with late season grazing on the same pasture for improved economic returns while not setting back the grass.

3/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Prescribed Burning Timing, Plus Continuous Grazing - Part One Play Audio



K-State rangeland agronomist Clenton Owensby discusses the timing of prescribed burning, and the ensuing influence on stocker cattle gains, saying that the late-spring time frame remains the optimal burning window.  He also introduces a new continuous grazing concept that has proven its worth over multiple years of K-State field research, including season-long stocking, intensive early stocking and intensive early stocking combined with late season grazing on the same pasture for improved economic returns while not setting back the grass.

3/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Honoring Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers



Six couples have been named Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers for 2014. The couples are identified as leaders in farming and their communities, and they were honored at a banquet March 13 in Manhattan.
3/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Cattle Market Report Play Audio



The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides this week's insight on the cattle markets:  he goes over new beef export numbers from the USDA, and comments on the avian influenza situation confronting the poultry industry, and the likely spillover impact on the cattle markets.

3/15/2015 7:00:00 PM


Heat Sychronization Protocols for the Beef Cow Herd Play Audio



A guest speaker at K-State's recent 2015 Cattlemen's Day, University of Florida-Marianna beef reproduction specialist Cliff Lamb, talks about heat synchronization protocols for the beef cow herd, and why he favors the fixed-time A-I approach.

3/15/2015 7:00:00 PM


DAIRY HEALTH PROTOCOL Play Audio



At the recent Western States Dairy Conference, a leading dairy management specialist talked up the idea of developing a deeper working relationship with one’s herd veterinarian.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk agrees…the veterinarian should be considered a full-fledged member of a dairy’s management team.  Here, he reviews some of the areas of emphasis that were discussed at that conference.    

3/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


Poultry Owners Should be Vigilant in Watching for Signs of Avian Influenza



Poultry owners should be aware that there is currently an outbreak of the H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) associated with the migratory bird flyways in the United States, said Kansas State University animal scientist Scott Beyer.


3/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


K-State Agricultural Economist Following Avian Influenza Developments



News that more than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a lethal strain of avian influenza was confirmed in a turkey flock there has now been compounded by news of confirmed cases in Missouri and Arkansas turkeys.
3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM


Nutritional Guidelines Recommendations: Less Meat, More Veggies



Despite the ability to make personal food choices, many know the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as the “gold standard” model that focuses on the foods and beverages that help maintain a healthy weight and prevent chronic disease, such as obesity.
3/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ag Law Update... Play Audio



Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen highlights two recent court decisions on disputes over zoning regulations, one involving a farm exemption and C-R-P acreage and the other involving enforcement of a city ordinance on farm ground within the city limits.

3/10/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers: Bill and Chris Pannbacker, Washington County... Play Audio



Another Kansas farm couple who will be honored this week as Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers:  Bill and Chris Pannbacker, Washington County.

3/10/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers: Bill and Ruth Pracht, Anderson County... Play Audio



Continuing our profiles of Kansas farm couples who will be honored this week as Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers:  Bill and Ruth Pracht of Anderson County.

3/10/2015 7:00:00 PM


Meat and Poultry Recalls: What Food Firms and Investors Should Know



Food safety is top-of-mind among many consumers and producers of food. It is also a continuum, because the more a food firm spends on effective technologies and protocols to ensure safe food, the greater chance the foods are protected against contamination.
3/10/2015 8:00:00 AM


Lyme Disease... and Birds... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews a new study of birds and their role in the spread of lyme disease.

3/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.
 

3/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


Sustainability in Beef Production: The Consumer Perspective... Play Audio



The keynote speaker at K-State's 2015 Cattlemen's Day last Friday:  an executive with McDonalds Corporation, Bob Langert, talks about the concept of sustainability in beef production from the consumer's perspective, and about a global consortium that's been put together, including representation from the beef industry, to further define guidelines for sustainable beef production.

3/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers: Larry and Millie Dearden, Scott County Play Audio



Another Kansas farm couple who will be honored later this week as Kansas Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemaker:  Larry and Millie Dearden of Scott County.

3/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.
 

3/8/2015 7:00:00 PM