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Thaler to be Honored by K-State’s Animal Sciences and Industry Department

Bob Thaler, extension swine specialist at South Dakota State University, has been named the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry Distinguished Alumnus Award winner for 2014. He will be honored at activities on K-State’s Manhattan campus Feb. 9, 2015.
1/29/2015 8:00:00 AM

Meeting Global Food Demands - Part One Play Audio

 An extended conversation with the inaugural speaker in the new Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture Series at K-State:  senior vice president and chief technology officer with Monsanto,
Robert Fraley, discusses several aspects of meeting world food demands in the coming decades...what he thinks needs to happen in food production technology, why ramping up efforts to inform the public about how our food systems work is important, and why research partnerships between private agribusiness and land-grant universities remain essential to meeting world food challenges.

1/28/2015 6:00:00 PM

Meeting Global Food Demands - Part Two Play Audio

Robert Fraley continues his thoughts on how to meet an ever-growing population's food needs.

1/28/2015 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Karl Matlack - Stinger

The woman in New York pours her liquid laundry detergent into the washing machine. She doesn’t realize that one element of her laundry soap came from a product transported by a machine built halfway across the country in rural Kansas. It’s today’s Kansas Profile.
1/28/2015 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.
1/28/2015 8:00:00 AM

Agricultural Lenders Survey Play Audio

K-State agricultural economist Brian Briggeman provides an overview of the university's latest Agricultural Lenders Survey, which polls agricultural financial institutions nationwide on trends in farm loan volumes, interest rates, and expectations on agricultural land values.

1/27/2015 6:00:00 PM

Livestock Manure Management Regulations Play Audio

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University discusses a recent court ruling in a case involving a confined livestock feeding operation and its manure management, and whether that operation's practices fall under federal solid waste regulations.

1/27/2015 6:00:00 PM

K-State Presents Youth Animal Science Learning Opportunity

Students from across the country with an interest in the livestock industry and related careers can apply now for the Kansas State University Animal Sciences Leadership Academy. The academy is an intensive four-day educational experience designed to enhance the leadership skills and animal science knowledge of students in ninth through 12th grades.
1/27/2015 8:00:00 AM

K-State Survey Indicates Lower Farmland Prices, More Non-Performing Loans in the Short-Term Outlook

The agricultural lender sentiment for the end of 2014 shows that lenders have decreased expectations for the short- and long-term outlook. Respondents of a Kansas State University Agricultural Lender Survey expect farmland prices to decline and non-performing loans to increase.
1/26/2015 8:00:00 AM

The Weekly Cattle Market Report Play Audio

Agricultural economist Jessica Sampson of the Livestock Marketing Information Center is featured on this week's cattle market segment:  she comments on the latest USDA cattle-on-feed report, and reports on an LMIC analysis of the influx of dairy calves into the cattle feeding sector, and the impact that's having in the beef cattle trades.

1/25/2015 6:00:00 PM

Replacement Heifer Development Play Audio

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson talks about some subjects that have come up during K-State's Winter Ranch Management Seminar series, which have focused on replacement heifer development:  for one, she looks at management considerations when transitioning heifers from grain-based feeding to forage grazing.

1/25/2015 6:00:00 PM

Upcoming K-State Swine Profitability Conference Play Audio

K-State swine specialist Jim Nelssen previews the 2015 K-State Swine Profitability Conference coming up next week on the campus.

1/25/2015 6:00:00 PM


Cold and damp winter conditions can quickly lead to problems with milk cow udders…which, in turn, can translate into higher somatic cell counts in the milk.  Selecting the right pre-and-post milking udder dipping products can help prevent that from occurring.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk talks about some dip product alternatives to consider.                            

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM

Agricultural Weather Play Audio

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM

Precision Agriculture Technology Play Audio

A featured speaker at the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, co-sponsored by K-State Research and Extension this week:  former Oklahoma State University cropping systems specialist and now a producer and consultant in northeast Colorado, Chad Godsey, talks about practical adaptation of precision agricultural technology by farmers, and what he sees as the lead technology interests in the central plains region.

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM

Addressing Weak Calf Syndrome

The word “syndrome” can be defined as a concurrence, a pattern of events occurring together due to known or unknown causes. When veterinarians use the word, it usually means the latter. Many different possibilities could cause a syndrome in animals, said Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations for the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
1/22/2015 8:00:00 AM

Upcoming Hog Production Teleconferences Play Audio

K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey has the details on two educational opportunities for hog producers starting in February, conducted via teleconference with on-line support materials:  SowBridge and PorkBridge.  Experts from K-State and 10 other land-grant universities will address numerous herd health and management topics relevant to swine operations during these monthly and bi-monthly sessions, respectively.

1/21/2015 6:00:00 PM

Opinions Sought on Feral Hog Control

When wildlife populations bloom or problems arise from certain wildlife species, an allowance for sport hunting might come immediately to mind as a potential solution. Letting the hunters help by decreasing the numbers makes sense, right?

1/21/2015 8:00:00 AM

Farm Bill - Part One Play Audio

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby goes over aspects of the new USDA commodity program features that are raising questions with producers, as Art and fellow K-State agricultural economists conduct the series of Farm Bill decision informational meetings around Kansas this winter:  he walks through the basics of how crop prices and yields are determined for program purposes, and how each factors into the ARC and PLC program options...he also talks about the yields for 2014 wheat program payments that were just released by the USDA, and how the variations in those yields from county to county in Kansas will impact the likely returns to producers from each of the program options.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM

Farm Bill - Part Two Play Audio

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby continues his overview of the Farm Bill.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM

Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition Play Audio

K-State irrigation engineer Dan Rogers previews the 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition taking place in Colby in mid-February, co-sponsored by K-State...he talks about several of the highlighted topics to be addressed in the multiple technical sessions at that conference.

1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Market Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska offers this week's cattle market commentary:  she remarks on last week's drastic downturn in most segments of the cattle markets, and whether the markets will right themselves this week...she also looks at the announced change in tariff status for Australian beef entering Japan, and how that might affect U.S. beef exports into that country.

1/18/2015 6:00:00 PM

Fighting Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Play Audio

K-State swine veterinarian Steve Dritz talks about a new series of instructional videos for hog producers on feed biosecurity, as an important part of combatting porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in swine herds.

1/18/2015 6:00:00 PM

Serving on a Board or Want to? Board Leadership Workshops Planned

Non-profits, school districts, churches and other organizations have one thing in common. They typically have a group of people – a board of directors – working behind the scenes to support and determine the direction of the organization.
1/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


It’s one of the finer points of dairy cow nutrition, and more directly, feeding corn silage to the milking herd.  That silage serves as an important source of starch, which relates directly to milk production.  And that starch needs to be readily available in the cow’s rumen to gain its benefits.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk talks about assuring that one’s corn silage is meeting that objective.

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM

USDA Programs Update Play Audio

The state director of the Farm Service Agency, Adrian Polansky, talks about several timely USDA program items:  the upcoming deadline for applying for the Livestock Disaster Assistance program, the opportunities to learn more about making the long-term crop program decision within the new commodity title, and the option for terminating Conservation Reserve Program contracts early.

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM

SowBridge Pork Producer Sessions to Start in early February

The first of 12 monthly SowBridge 2015 distance education sessions is Feb. 4 and organizers are encouraging quick signups so subscribers will have the materials they need in time for the first session. The programs, designed for anyone who is managing sows, boars or pig litters, include information on swine identification; PEDv; temperature management of sows and piglets; on-farm necropsies; fostering litters; feeding the lactating and weaning sow; and more.
1/14/2015 8:00:00 AM

Cover Crops for Cattle Grazing Play Audio

K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses utilizing cover crops for cattle grazing:  what research says about the impact of grazing on soil compaction, and about cattle gains from cover crop forage...she shares early data from an ongoing study of cover crop grazing in east-central Kansas.

1/13/2015 6:00:00 PM

Cattle Prices Play Audio

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor follows with findings of a new K-State analysis of the premiums and discounts paid for beef calves and yearlings...and how the cost of gain and fed cattle prices influence the price relationship between the two...Glynn says this important for all segments of cattle production to be familiar with.

1/11/2015 6:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Market Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market commentary:   in addition to covering last week's cash and futures cattle market action, he shares some thoughts he'll be presenting at a cattle producer seminar later this month on reinvesting recent profits from cattle production back into the operation.

1/11/2015 6:00:00 PM