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2013 World Food Prize Winner Robert Fraley to Kick Off K-State’s Global Food Systems Lecture Series



Robert Fraley, the executive vice president and chief technology officer for Monsanto, has been chosen to be the first speaker in Kansas State University’s Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture series.



12/19/2014 8:00:00 AM


MANAGING TIGHT MARGINS Play Audio



Most observers believe that profit margins for dairy producers will tighten considerably in 2015.  That in mind, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk is coaxing producers to re-assess the three main phases of their operations: milk production, feed management and herd reproduction.  The idea, he says, is to seek greater efficiencies in each area, examples of which he shares this week.
 

12/18/2014 6:00:00 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.
12/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


Foot-and-Mouth Disease Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Mike Sanderson talks about a new research exercise, evaluating responses to a simulated outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the livestock industry...this work illustrated the critical role that vaccination programs would play in controlling an F-M-D outbreak...he also talks about the next step:  sustaining an active livestock industry while contending with F-M-D.

12/15/2014 6:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Market Report Play Audio



Oklahoma State University livestock economist Derrell Peel is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  he goes over the latest U.S. beef export report and new numbers on feeder cattle imports from Mexico, and what they mean to the trade...he also offers his general cattle market outlook for 2015.

12/14/2014 6:00:00 PM


Gregg Hadley, Planning a Farm Succession



First of a three-part series on farm succession, K-State Ag Economist Gregg Hadley explains the importance of having a good plan that favors all parties before starting a farm succession. See video
12/12/2014 8:00:00 AM


DAIRY AIR QUALITY Play Audio



If one’s dairy calves are persistently suffering from respiratory ills or are otherwise unhealthy while indoors, the cause could be as simple as a lack of fresh air.  Many dairy producers overlook this, says K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk.  This week, he talks about taking steps to remedy that problem.

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


4-H Livestock Management at Your Fingertips



Record keeping for a 4-H livestock project might involve collecting receipts from the feed store in an envelope or making notes on a feed sack in the barn. But, a new venture for 4-H—a livestock project record app—is allowing members to use their smart devices to keep easier track of their records.


12/11/2014 8:00:00 AM


Hay and Forage Market Outlook Play Audio



The keynote speaker at the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Winter Conference yesterday in Manhattan:  the director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, shares his outlook on the hay and forage market for 2015:  how lower feedgrain prices are affecting hay prices, how much the California drought has impacted alfalfa prices, and how he sees Kansas hay prices shaping up in the new year.

12/9/2014 6:00:00 PM


Deadlines Approaching for Farm Succession Conference Registration



We’ve heard of “century farms” – those that are recognized as continuously owned by a single family for 100 years or more. But the road to keeping a farm or ranch in one family through decades is not always a smooth one.
12/9/2014 8:00:00 AM


Replacement Heifer Selection and Development, Part Two Play Audio



The conversation with K-State cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber continues.

12/8/2014 6:00:00 PM


Replacement Heifer Selection and Development, Part One Play Audio



K-State cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber discusses replacement heifer selection and development upon expanding the herd, as many beef producers are now intending to do...he'll also talk about using selection index information in making herd genetic decisions, and other related topics, all in advance of K-State's series of Winter Ranch Management Seminars taking place throughout Kansas in January:  Bob will have the complete rundown on the agenda for those seminars and the dates and locations.

12/8/2014 6:00:00 PM


K-State’s Winter Ranch Management Series Set for January; Focuses on Replacement Heifers



Record high calf prices and projected cow-calf profitability have many producers considering expansion. Selecting, feeding and breeding the right replacement heifers could have a large impact on future profits.
12/8/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor offers the weekly cattle market analysis:  he talks about the bearish trend in last week's trading, and how much of a concern that is for producers...and he draws from a recent nationwide food demand survey, and what it indicates about consumers' response to country-of-origin labeling of meat products.

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM


SALMONELLA DUBLIN THREAT Play Audio



Dairy calves can quickly fall victim to a disease condition called salmonella Dublin, unless the dairy producer takes action to prevent its ill effects.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) talks the week about the nature of this strain of salmonella, how it afflicts calves, and the precautions that a producer should take against it. 

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM


Food Animal Veterinary Services Challenges Play Audio



A guest speaker on the K-State campus this week:  the director of the veterinary economics division of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Michael Dicks, talks about the current economic state of veterinary practices, and the economic difficulties in getting food animal veterinary services established in underserved rural areas.  He is promoting business ideas to incoming new veterinarians as a way to address that issue.

12/3/2014 6:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio



Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's insight on the cattle markets.  He talks about the trade's negative reaction last week to the USDA's latest cattle-on-feed report, and takes a look at how much more cow-calf producers can afford to pay for top-end genetics at this year's production sales, given today's strong cattle market.

11/30/2014 6:00:00 PM


CHECKING NEW SILAGE Play Audio



Not always do dairy cows immediately take to new silage when it’s first fed to them.  And it behooves the producer to find out if that’s having a negative impact on production.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk comments on inspecting the silage product and tracking how the cow herd is responding to it.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


Calving Schools Planned in January



With calving season just around the corner, K-State Research and Extension will host calving schools in five locations, with a focus on challenges producers can face during this critical period.
11/25/2014 8:00:00 AM


Agricultural Law Update Play Audio



Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen presents his regular segment on recent legal and taxation developments pertaining to agriculture and rural areas:  among the court rulings he cites this time is a decision on whether a particular horse enterprise qualifies as a bona-fide business for tax purposes, as the owner attempted to write off the losses from that enterprise.

11/24/2014 6:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska offers this week's insight on the cattle markets:  she'll go over the mildly bearish indications from the USDA's latest cattle-on-feed report last Friday, and remarks on the ability of the boxed beef trade to perform well in the face of the holiday demand for competing meats.

11/23/2014 6:00:00 PM


Upgrading Cattle Handling Facilities Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner talks with Kate Hagans about upgrading cattle handling facilities, as the current economics of cattle production might allow for such an investment...he highlights the benefits of the "Bud box" facility layout in sorting and working cattle.

11/23/2014 6:00:00 PM


What Happened to all the Kansas-Grown Turkeys?



Kansas ranks around 20th in the number of turkeys raised compared to other states. That doesn’t seem too bad until you realize that 20th is still far less than 1 percent of all the 235 million turkeys grown in the United States each year. The leading states are Minnesota, North Carolina and Arkansas, according to data from the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
11/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


TRANSPARENT MILKING UNITS Play Audio



There is a new style of dairy milking device that producers might want to take a hard look at, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk.  They feature transparent liners and shells, allowing the producer or milking operator to see directly what’s happening at the milking point of contact.  And that, says Brouk, can be advantageous in milk parlor management, as he outlines this week.
 

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


Sustainable Intensification, Part One Play Audio



A special guest on the K-State campus this week, University of Essex scientist and world-renowned expert on agricultural sustainability, Jules Pretty, talks about the concept of sustainable intensification in production agriculture, as a key to feeding an ever-expanding world population over the next several decades.

11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM


Sustainable Intensification, Part Two Play Audio



Jules Pretty talks about feeding an ever-expanding world population.

11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio



The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides this week's analysis of the cattle markets:  he looks ahead to this Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and comments on advance-pricing calves to be marketed in 2015, before calf prices retreat from these historic highs.

11/16/2014 6:00:00 PM


Livestock Operations Emergency Plan Workshops Play Audio



K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey discusses the idea of developing an emergency plan for livestock operations, which will be the theme of two K-State-sponsored workshops on emergency preparedness coming up in Salina and Dighton in early December...livestock producers and local emergency response personnel are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.

11/16/2014 6:00:00 PM


The Future of Water Use and Conservation in Kansas Play Audio



Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey and the director of the Kansas Water Office, Tracy Streeter, comment on the latest draft of the "vision" for the future of water use and conservation in Kansas, and what it means to production agriculture...that draft was made public at the governor's water conference this week in Manhattan.
 

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


WINTER DAIRY COW CARE Play Audio



K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk advises producers this week to practice good cow udder care during the harsh winter conditions that have arrived early. For preventing frozen teats, Brouk explains more about the appropriate use of teat dips. Providing comfortable bedding in barn facilities may also lessen the impact of the cold weather.                              

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM