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Jun 2, 2021

• A look at energy development on farms and ranches

• The impact of the cyberattack on a major meatpacking firm

• Details on the USDA’s new loan debt repayment program

• Gus van der Hoeven’s “Stop, Look and Listen…”

00:01:30 – Farm and Ranch Energy Development:  K-State agricultural policy specialist Jenny Ifft shares findings from her new study of energy development on farms and ranches, including wind turbines and other renewable energy sources...and if the presence of those sources influences farm financial management and economic decisions...she arrived at some unexpected results.

00:12:57 – Cyberattack Consequences:  K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor offers his observations on the shutdown of several large beef packing plants yesterday because of a cyberattack on a major meatpacking firm...he talks about the market reaction to the news, and how the cattle industry is learning to cope with such disruptions.

00:24:21 – Loan Debt Repayment Program:  The farm loan chief with the Farm Service Agency in Kansas, Josh Ridder, discusses the details of the USDA's new loan debt payment program for socially disadvantaged agricultural producers.

00:32:38 – "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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