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FLUID MILK SALES Play Audio



While not providing the lion’s share of returns to dairy production, fluid milk sales are nonetheless important to the dairy industry.  Recent numbers indicate that the decline in fluid milk consumption continues, although there’s a notable exception to that trend that the industry should be paying attention to, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk.           

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


Where Will the Animals Go? Emergency Preparedness Workshops Planned for Livestock Operations



It’s hard, thinking about the unthinkable. But disasters happen on livestock operations just like they do in homes and communities across the country.
10/30/2014 8:00:00 AM


Republican River Basin Agreements Play Audio



From the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources, Chris Beightel has the details on a pair of agreements the state of Kansas recently signed with the states of Nebraska and Colorado, in regard to use of water from the Republican River Basin...he explains what those agreements mean to crop irrigators in north-central and northwest Kansas.

10/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


New Book Delves into ‘Depolarizing Food and Agriculture’



Conventional versus organic? Local production or global food sourcing? For one reason or another, those involved in growing and raising our food are often at odds with one another.
10/29/2014 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.
10/29/2014 8:00:00 AM


Food for Thought Presents Bruce Vincent



Bruce Vincent will speak at K-State’s Forum Hall Monday Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. for Food for Thought’s Upson Lecture Series. Vincent’s presentation is titled “With Vision There Is Hope – How NOT to be the career of last choice.”
10/29/2014 8:00:00 AM


Mandatory COOL: Still Detrimental to Trade, Still No Easy Solution



Latest on Country of Origin Labeling Video

Abolish? Make further tweaks? Or perhaps, make it voluntary? On the heels of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) latest ruling on U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), debate on both sides of the issue continues.
10/28/2014 8:00:00 AM


Evaluating Cattle Feeding Sites



Kate Hagans talks with K-State watershed specialist, Ron Graber, about making beef calf housing and handling sites more conducive to preventing runoff into nearby water resources. See video
10/28/2014 8:00:00 AM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's insight on the cattle markets:  she remarks on the record-breaking surge in fed cattle prices last week, and reviews both last Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report and the latest USDA cold storage report.

10/26/2014 7:00:00 PM


Update: Sunflower Supreme Heifer Development Program... Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney reports on the successful first year of the Sunflower Supreme Heifer Development Program conducted by K-State in southeast Kansas, so much so that the program is now going to be offered statewide...she also talks about the program's first production sale coming up in November.

10/26/2014 7:00:00 PM


Sunflower Supreme Program... Part 2 Play Audio



Continued discussion with Jaymelynn Farney on the Sunflower Supreme Heifer Development Program ... and this week's "Tree Tales."

10/26/2014 7:00:00 PM


Evaluating Cattle Feeding Sites Vital to Producers



For Kansas’ cattle producers, building new feeding facilities can mean shelling out serious cash. However, Ron Graber, Kansas State University watershed extension specialist, said it’s an investment that pays for itself for years to come.


10/24/2014 8:00:00 AM


DAIRY MARGIN PROGRAM Play Audio



Though the economics of milk production are in pretty good shape right now, dairy producers should always keep risk management at the forefront.   One thing to consider, according to dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) of K-State Research and Extension is a new farm program option called the Dairy Margin Protection Program.   He notes that K-State will be hosting a special webinar on this program for producers on Tuesday, October 28.

10/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Keeping Food Safe: Prevention Better Than Response



Each year in the United States, about 42,000 cases of salmonella infection are reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because many cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections is estimated to be close to 1 million.
10/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


New Antibiotics Regulations for Beef Cattle Producers



K-State veterinarian, Mike Apley, talks about beef producer adjustments to the phase-out of antibiotic use for cattle growth, and the concern that regulations could further restrict the use of antibiotics for preventative and therapeutic purposes. See video
10/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Latest on Country of Origin Labeling Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor discusses the ruling this week by the World Trade Organization that the latest version of U.S. country-of-origin labeling of meat products violates international trade rules.  He comments on what the ruling means for the future of C-O-O-L, weaving in his research results on consumer response to labeling at the retail level.

10/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Cattle Grazing Programs and Climate Change Play Audio



The director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment at K-State, Dan Devlin, provides an update on a multi-year project, funded by the USDA, which is looking at multiple aspects of Great Plains cattle grazing programs in relationship to climate change...this project is expected to provide the first comprehensive scientific view of that relationship.

10/20/2014 7:00:00 PM


Managing the Herd When Pasture is Limited



Consecutive years of drought could prompt beef cattle producers to find ways to unconventionally feed and manage their cow herds. One option when grass is limited is moving the herd to a confinement situation.
10/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio



Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  in addition to recapping last week's fed and feeder cattle trades, he looks at the latest retail meat price trends,  and comments on the latest USDA beef export/import numbers.

10/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


Learning and Teaching are Benefits as Australian Researcher works with K-State Faculty



Imagine you’re a scientist and have spent your career looking for answers to mysteries that affect animal health. And then you have the opportunity to share your findings with peers in another part of the world, as well as learn from their research.
10/16/2014 8:00:00 AM


CHECKING MILK FLOW Play Audio



Consistent milk flow at milking time is essential on every dairy.  And producers would do well to check their milk trafficking systems in their dairies, to assure that flow is sufficient.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) suggests several check points for milk flow, and cites the numerous reasons why this is important.                      

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Preparing Cattle Feeding Areas for Fall and Winter Play Audio



K-State feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt encourages cattle producers to prepare their drylots and other feeding areas now for muddy conditions that could develop in late fall and over the winter, and why that's important to cattle nutritional performance.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Supplementing Roughage for the Season Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner offers several thoughts on supplementation strategies for the beef cow herd on lower-quality roughages, such as late-season native pastures or crop stover, including knowing when to supplement based on the protein content of that roughage.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Answering the Call: Kansas State University to Host 15 Farm Bill Meetings



Farmers are faced with some of the most important decisions of their working lives under the 2014 Farm Bill. To help them make informed decisions, K-State Research and Extension is teaming with several sponsors to bring 15 educational meetings to Kansans in January and February.
10/15/2014 8:00:00 AM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



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

10/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Law Update... Play Audio



Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University discusses the new circuit court ruling on whether non-farmers must pay self-employment tax on Conservation Reserve Program payments...he talks about what this ruling means to Kansas C-R-P contract holders who aren't actively engaged in farming.

10/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Make Time to Body Condition Score Cows



The old tractor still runs, but because the fuel gauge is busted, you have to keep checking to make sure it has enough fuel to continue working. And whether you realize it or not, your cows function similarly to that old tractor.


10/14/2014 8:00:00 AM


Calling Dairy Producers: Oct. 28 Webinar to Focus on New Farm Bill Program



Kansas State University will host a webinar on the Dairy Margin Protection Program of the 2014 Farm Bill Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. CDT.
10/14/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.

10/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


Post-Harvest Beef Cattle Grazing Concerns... Play Audio



K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi talks about several aspects of turning the cow herd out on grazing stover after this fall's harvest, including determining the volume and nutritional value of the crop residue, and cautions about prussic acid being present in crop stubble re-growth.

10/12/2014 7:00:00 PM