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Jan 22, 2019

On today’s episode: the weekly livestock market update; a newly-updated spreadsheet from K-State can help formulate a beef cow herd lease; agricultural news, and this week’s “Tree Tales”; Kansas 4-H seeks host families for international youth this summer…

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.

00:01:29 – Livestock Market Update:  Agricultural economist Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center offers his insight on the cattle market trends:  he shares the LMIC's projections for cattle in feedlots this past month and the U.S. cattle inventory, as the USDA reports on both are on hold because of the government shutdown...and he talks about growing worries about the overall economy which could weigh on consumer beef demand.

00:12:58 – Formulating a Beef Cow Herd Lease:  K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about a newly-updated spreadsheet from K-State that can help interested parties in formulating a beef cow herd lease...she talks about the circumstances under which a lease would be practical, and goes over the variables this tool uses to calculate an equitable leasing arrangement.

00:24:28 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and the Kansas Forest Service presents this week's edition of "Tree Tales."

00:32:58 – Hosting 4-H International Youth:  K-State 4-H specialist Deryl Waldren talks about the opportunities to be a Kansas 4-H host family for international youth this summer.


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