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Sep 19, 2018

On today’s episode: the short line rail industry and its role in the grain logistics system – primarily the movement of corn, soybeans, and wheat; K-State’s Beef Stocker Field Day is tomorrow; this week’s “Stop, Look and Listen” from Gus van der Hoeven…

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 – Short Line Railroads and Agriculture (Part 1):  Dr. Michael Babcock, a professor of economics at Kansas State University with an expertise in transportation, has conducted a study to assess the state of the short line rail industry and its role in the grain logistics system. According to the study, a majority of agricultural short line traffic was concentrated in a few commodities, mainly corn, soybeans, and wheat. Babcock and K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker take an extended look at his study: Profile of Short Line Railroads in high grain production states.

00:012:59 – Short Line Railroads and Agriculture (Part 2)

00:24:29 – Beef Stocker Field Day:  K-State extension beef specialist Dale Blasi has a reminder about tomorrow’s Beef Stocker Field Day and we’ll pass along this week’s soybean update.

00:32:59 – "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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