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Nov 28, 2018

On today’s episode: assessing the reasons for low pregnancy rates in the cow-calf herd; a new analysis of health care costs for Kansas farm and ranch families; the latest agricultural news headlines; Gus van der Hoeven’s “Stop, Look and Listen…”

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.

00:01:31 – Low Pregnancy Rates:  K-State beef cattle specialist Sandy Johnson talks about assessing the reasons for low pregnancy rates in the cow-calf herd, emphasizing that thorough record-keeping is paramount when determining why cows and heifers remained open after breeding.

00:13:00 – Health Care Costs:  K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid discusses a new analysis which looked at the health care costs for farm and ranch families in Kansas...it identified trends in health insurance premiums paid over the past 10 years for various demographics, and the percentage of family living expenses devoted to health care.

00:24:30 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines.

00:33:00 – "Stop, Look and Listen":  K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

 

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