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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.

Jan 11, 2021

• The weekly cattle market update

• Futures hedging as a livestock risk management tool

• K-State is offering farm finance courses

• Streamlined record keeping for 4-H members…

00:01:30 – Cattle Market Update:  Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's commentary on the cattle markets:  he talks about how the surge in feedgrain prices is likely to affect the feeder cattle market moving forward, and he talks about the dynamics of the U.S. cattle herd going into 2021, and whether herd expansion or contraction is in play.

00:12:56 – Futures Hedging for Livestock Producers:  K-State agricultural economist Brian Coffey talks about futures hedging as a livestock risk management tool...he'll be presenting information on using options for that purpose during a special K-State Risk and Profit session online this Wednesday.

00:24:11 – Farm Finance Courses:  Farm analysis LaVell Winsor and farm economist Robin Reid of K-State tell of an on-line course on managing farm finances now available to producers... these six sessions can be taken at one's own pace and can include other family farm members as well.

00:32:32 – Streamlined Record Keeping for 4-H Members:  K-State 4-H specialist Amy Solllock discusses some of the changes that have been made to make record keeping easier for 4-H youth.


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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.


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