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May 22, 2024

  • Electronic ID Mandate for Cattle
  • Pillbugs and Wheat Aphids
  • Calf Management


00:01:05 – Electronic ID Mandate for Cattle:  Roger McEowen, K-State and Washburn law professor, starts the show today by discussing a new final rule on electric identification for the cattle industry. He says what the mandate is and its issues.

An Electronic Identification Mandate for the Cattle Industry


00:12:05 – Pillbugs and Wheat Aphids: K-State crop entomologist, Jeff Whitworth, continues today’s show with information about pillbugs and wheat aphids that growers are seeing and dealing with now.


00:23:05 – Calf Management: The show comes to an end with K-State’s Brad White, Brian Lubbers, Bob Larson, Dustin Pendell and Phillip Lancaster with another segment from the Beef Cattle Institute’s Cattle Chat podcast discussing calf management practices producers need to be thinking about this time of year. 

BCI Cattle Chat Podcast

Bovine Science with BCI Podcast

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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 Shelby Varner and distributed to radio stations throughout Kansas and as a daily podcast.


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