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Radio stations are free to use clips from any of the episodes below. Time codes and descriptions for each segment are listed in the show notes. 

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.

Dec 16, 2019

• The weekly livestock market update

• The latest Cattle Chat podcast

• Agricultural news, and the latest “Tree Tales”

• A look back at the past year of Kansas 4-H …

00:01:30 – Livestock Market Update:  Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University is featured on this week's cattle market segment: he remarks on the agricultural trade agreement with China and what that means to the cattle trade, and he talks about cost management in cattle production and why shooting for the lowest cost possible may not be the best approach.

00:12:55 – Beef Cattle Institute Podcast:  On the latest Cattle Chat podcast from the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State, the panel takes up the topic of converting from cow-calf production to a calf backgrounding operation, and what needs to be considered to make that work...featured are veterinarians Brad White and Bob Larson, cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber and livestock economist Dustin Pendell.

00:24:16 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and the Kansas Forest Service presents this week's edition of "Tree Tales."

00:32:32 – Kansas 4-H in 2019:  K-State 4-H program leader Wade Weber talks about success of new 4-H program initiatives started this past year.


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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.