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Oct 2, 2018

On today’s episode:  a K-State researcher looks into plant genetic resistance to viruses, as part of the agricultural biosecurity initiative; the latest Cattle Chat podcast from the Beef Cattle Institute; today’s agricultural news; copperhead snakes…

Agriculture Today is a daily program featuring Kansas State University agricultural specialists and other experts examining ag issues facing Kansas and the nation. It is hosted by Eric Atkinson and distributed to radio stations throughout Kansas and as a daily podcast.

00:01:30 – Agricultural Biosecurity Research:  K-State plant pathologist David Cook is joined by Blake Bextine of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency within the U.S. Department of Defense, which is supporting David's research into plant genetic resistance to viruses...this is part of D-A-R-P-A's agricultural biosecurity initiative involving university researchers across the nation.

00:13:00 – Beef Cattle Institute Podcast:  Excerpts from the weekly Cattle Chat podcast from the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State:  this time, K-State veterinarians Brad White and Bob Larson and cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber discuss the merits of scoring the body condition of cows going into the fall and winter, as well as the importance of testing the nutrient content of harvested forages.

00:24:29 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, along with this week's edition of "Milk Lines."

00:32:59 – Copperhead Snakes:  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the nature of copperhead snakes, and a new study of their predatory tactics.


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