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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 27, 2020

• The weekly cattle market update

• Stay alert for blue-green algae in farm ponds

• Agricultural news headlines

• A salute to 4-H volunteers…

00:01:30 – Cattle Market Update:  The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Katelyn McCullock, is featured on this week's cattle market segment: she discusses the multiple packing plant closures forced by the COVID-19 situation, and the ability of the cattle industry to see this disruption through...she also reviews the latest USDA cattle-on-feed and cold storage reports and their market implications.

00:12:55 – Blue-Green Algae in Farm Ponds:  From the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at K-State, veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek cautions cattle producers about the possibility of blue-green algae turning up in farm ponds this early, and presenting a toxicity threat to cattle...the laboratory has already confirmed cattle losses in eastern Kansas attributed to blue-green algae this spring.

00:24:21 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines.

00:32:15 – Mindful Monday Mornings:  K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw salutes 4-H volunteers, on the heels of National Volunteer Week...and she encourages 4-Hers to embrace the 4-H Pledge as a guide during these out-of-the-ordinary times.


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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.