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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.

Dec 9, 2019

• The weekly livestock market update

• Analysis of the economics associated with a cattle traceability system

• Agricultural news, and the latest “Tree Tales”

• Leveraging the upcoming winter break to work on 4-H projects and community service work…

00:01:30 – Livestock Market Update:  K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor is featured on this week's cattle market segment:  in addition to reviewing last week's cattle price trends, he looks at the USDA's latest 10-year-outlook on the cattle and other competing meat markets, and talks about the likely marketing outcomes for calves in 2020 via the BeefBasis analysis.

00:12:54 – Economic Impacts of Cattle Traceability:  K-State livestock economist Dustin Pendell and graduate researcher Hannah Shear go over their just-released analysis of the economics associated with a cattle traceability system featuring individual animal identification...they look at which sector of the beef cattle industry would bear the largest share of traceability costs, as well as the potential economic payoffs of having a traceability system in place.

00:24:19 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and the Kansas Forest Service presents this week's edition of "Tree Tales."

00:32:33 – Leveraging the Winter Break:  K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw talks about using the upcoming winter break to work on 4-H projects and community service work, among other potential activities.


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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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