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Aug 19, 2019

• The weekly livestock market update

• The USDA's latest round of Market Facilitation Program payments

• The latest agricultural news, and the latest “Tree Tales”

• A 4-H a conversation/communications boot camp… 

00:01:30 – Livestock Market Update:  K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor is featured on this week's cattle market segment: he comments on the sharp downturn in the cattle markets last week, stressing that the shutdown of the Tyson packing plant in southwest Kansas was only partially responsible for the market bearishness...he also provides an update on U.S. beef demand domestically and abroad.

00:13:00 – Market Facilitation Program Payments:  K-State agricultural economist Joe Janzen talks about his analysis of the USDA's latest round of Market Facilitation Program payments, attempting to explain the variations in MFP payment rates from county to county...he will be presenting his findings at the K-State Risk and Profit Conference coming up later this week on the campus.

00:24:30 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and the Kansas Forest Service presents this week's edition of "Tree Tales."

00:33:00 –4-H Conversations and Communications:  K-State 4-H specialist Aliah Mestrovich-Seay discusses a conversation boot camp held earlier this month at the Rock Springs 4-H Center, helping youth improve basic conversation and communication skills.


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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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