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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.
7/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


Keep Your Barbecue Safe for Everyone to Enjoy



BBQ Food Safety Video

For many people, summer holidays such as the Fourth of July mean enjoying time outdoors and firing up the grill. Elizabeth Boyle, meat safety and quality specialist for K-State Research and Extension, said barbecuing requires some safety practices to ensure everyone enjoys the food and the holiday.


6/30/2015 8:00:00 AM


Footrot Disease Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek reports on a high occurrence of footrot disease in grazing cattle so far this grass season, and talks about the recommended protocols in responding to footrot-induced lameness in cattle.

6/28/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



Agricultural economist Jessica Sampson of the Livestock Marketing Information Center provides this week's cattle market analysis:  she covers the falloff in fed cattle prices last week, looks at two new USDA reports that speak to competing meat supplies, and shares the LMIC's latest projections on hay prices for the remainder of 2015.

6/28/2015 7:00:00 PM


Research: Bovine Respiratory Disease... Play Audio



K-State veterinarian David Renter talks about a new USDA-funded project he'll oversee, which will investigate the factors that lead to bovine respiratory disease in feeder cattle...this is expected to be the most comprehensive study of B-R-D undertaken to date, researching the causes of a disease complex which costs the beef cattle industry billions of dollars each year.

6/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


FORAGE QUALITY CONCERNS Play Audio



Summer is here and so is extreme heat, and with extreme heat comes concerns about animal forage digestibility. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouke talks about the importance of forage quality as the summer begins to heat up.

6/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson reviews the latest agricultural news.

6/24/2015 7:00:00 PM


Debt Management Trends For Kansas Producers... Play Audio



From the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Gregg Ibendahl reports on a recent analysis of debt management trends on Kansas farms and ranches, based on KFMA data over the last decade...specifically, this examined debt-to-asset ratios by producer age.

6/24/2015 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.
6/24/2015 8:00:00 AM


Update: Beef Cattle Institute... Play Audio



The director of the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State, Dan Thomson, talks about a new partnership between the B-C-I and researchers at Texas Tech University, to mutually pursue research to benefit the beef cattle industry....also from the B-C-I, Tiffany Lee talks about a new survey she conducted, asking consulting veterinarians about the pressing issues currently in feedlot cattle health management.

6/22/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at ag news.

6/22/2015 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



A look at the day's top stories from the world of agriculture.

6/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  he digs into the Kansas and U.S. numbers from last Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and talks about a K-State feeder cattle risk management tool for cow-calf producers to use in optimizing returns to calf production.

6/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


Confined Beef Cattle: Keeping Cool on Hot Days... Play Audio



K-State feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt talks about abating heat stress in confined cattle during hot and humid days, emphasizing the value of providing shade where feasible, as well as adequate water and lot space for cattle.

6/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


INCREASED DAIRY PRODUCTION Play Audio



Overall, dairy production in the United States is on the rise. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk  goes into more detail on which specific dairy products are helping the most with this increase.

6/18/2015 7:00:00 PM


Poultry Stop Movement Order in Kansas Means No Contests This Year



The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s move to protect the Kansas poultry industry from avian flu by issuing a stop movement order was an important biosecurity step, but it means more than 2,000 Kansas 4-H members will have to be creative with how they complete their poultry projects.

6/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he shares his latest calculations on cattle feeding returns for the rest of the year, and looks at the latest USDA world beef supply-and-demand numbers released last week.

6/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


Sustaining Beef Grazing Systems During Climate Change Play Audio



The director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment, K-State's Dan Devlin, offers a progress report on a multi-state USDA project, which is looking at all facets of sustaining beef grazing systems in the Great Plains region in the midst of climate change...K-State is one of the lead institutions in this project.

6/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


Common Interests, Water Challenges Bring Pakistanis to Kansas



Aliya Mohydin came to Kansas looking for ideas on how to grow high-value vegetable crops using the best water management methods available. She left with plenty of ideas and a better understanding of U.S. and Kansas agriculture – and of Americans in general.
6/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


Livestock Diseases from Arthropod Insects Play Audio



A scientist at the USDA's Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, Scott McVey, reports on that center's latest research on various livestock diseases that are carried and spread by arthropod insects...he says that there's a great deal to be learned about the activity of these insects and how they vector disease.

6/10/2015 7:00:00 PM


Contending with E-coli in Beef Packing Facilities Play Audio



Another of the leading scientists contributing to the USDA's major beef industry e-coli research project, as K-State hosted all the researchers involved in this effort for the project's annual conference last week:  University of Nebraska food safety specialist Harsha Thippareddi talks about significant advances that have been made so far in contending with Shiga toxin-producing e-coli bacteria at the beef packer level, including efforts to assist smaller-scale, local locker plants in implementing technology to eliminate e-coli.

6/10/2015 7:00:00 PM


Water Drainage in Livestock Feeding Areas Play Audio



K-State watershed specialist Will Boyer talks about drainage issues in livestock feeding areas that were exposed during our recent wet weather, and what actions the livestock operator can take to correct those drainage problems.

6/8/2015 7:00:00 PM


More From USDA Beef Cattle E-coli Project Meeting Play Audio



More from the USDA beef cattle e-coli research project meeting of over leading 50 scientists hosted last week by K-State:  Mississippi State University veterinarian Dave Smith provides an update on his studies of e-coli bacteria in live cattle, and what management steps can help mitigate it...also, K-State food scientist Randy Phebus talks about K-State's considerable research role in this major national initiative.

6/8/2015 7:00:00 PM


Addressing E-coli Bacteria in Cattle and Beef Production Play Audio



The director of a $25-million USDA project seeking answers to e-coli bacteria in cattle and beef production, University of Nebraska veterinarian Rodney Moxley, talks about the advances made in this beef safety quest so far....K-State is one of the 16 institutions involved in this, and hosted the top-level scientists involved in this far-reaching effort at their annual project meeting last week in Manhattan.

6/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio



Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary:  in addition to reviewing last week's market trends, she talks about a series of workshops for producers on managing market risk in cattle production, and tells of a spreadsheet tool that helps the cow-calf producer decide on natural service vs. artificial insemination for herd breeding.

6/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


POLLED DAIRY BULLS Play Audio



K-State Research and Extension dairy specialist Mike Brouk discusses the decision of “to poll or not to poll” on Kansas dairy farms. He then talks about public opinion on the practice of dehorning and what it may mean for dairy producers in the future.

6/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


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



Agricultural lenders are reporting decreased farmland values and increases in non-performing farm loans. According to the results of an Agricultural Lender Survey conducted by the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics in March, this is a continuation of a trend witnessed in the end-of-year survey conducted in 2014. 
6/4/2015 8:00:00 AM


''From the Land of Kansas'' Update Play Audio



The director of the "From the Land of Kansas" program in the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Stacy Mayo, talks about the latest efforts by that program to promote Kansas-grown-and-produced agricultural products to consumers...she reports on the new Savor the Season promotion which will be featured at local farmers' markets starting this summer.

6/3/2015 7:00:00 PM


BCI Hosts Performance Mindset Training for Industry Leaders



Taking a unique approach to creating a collaborative, low-stress, and high-performance workplace environment, the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University brought together beef industry leaders for training focused on the performance mindset.
6/3/2015 8:00:00 AM


Retired K-State Professor Miles McKee to Receive Inaugural Impact Award



Back in 1950, the national champion livestock judging team was from Kansas State University and was coached by Don Good. A member of that team, Miles McKee, will be the first recipient of the Don Good Impact Award.
6/3/2015 8:00:00 AM