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A selection of fully produced segments are made available weekly on the "For Radio Stations" page at the K-State Research and Extension news page.

Captioned episodes are available on our Agriculture Today YouTube page.

Apr 13, 2020

• The weekly cattle market update

• Evaluating beef bulls ahead of the spring breeding season

• Agricultural news headlines

• The decision to suspend in-person Kansas 4-H activities until July 4th…

00:01:30 – Cattle Market Update:  Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University is featured on this week's cattle market segment: he draws from two articles he recently authored or co-authored relating to the market impacts of the COVID-19 that defines the negative cattle price consequences of packing plant closures, and the other on the importance of producers keeping cattle moving through the production stages even amid unfavorable market conditions.

00:12:58 – Beef Bull Breeding Soundness Exam:  K-State beef cattle specialist Sandy Johnson talks about evaluating beef bulls ahead of the spring breeding season via a breeding soundness examination: she discusses what a thorough examination calls for, and which bulls should go through that assessment.

00:24:07 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines.

00:32:23 – Learning, Stress and Communication:  The state 4-H program leader at K-State, Wade Weber, outlines the decision made last week to suspend in-person 4-H activities in Kansas until July 4th because of COVID-19, and talks about approaches being taken to compensate for that.


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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 Eric Atkinson and distributed to radio stations throughout Kansas and as a daily podcast.


K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.