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Aug 25, 2020

• Wheat seed quality and availability heading into planting season

• Details of the USDA's Farm Storage Facilities Loan program

• Agricultural news, and the latest “Milk Lines”

• Reported increase in urban rat activity during the pandemic…

00:01:30 – Wheat Seed Quality and Availability:  The seed laboratory manager with the Kansas Crop Improvement Association, Eric Fabrizius, talks about wheat seed quality and availability heading into the fall wheat plantings season:  he highlights new varieties in the certified seed program...and for growers who have saved back their own seed for planting this fall, he goes over the procedure for having that seed tested for germination.

00:12:46 – Farm Storage Facilities Loan Program:  On the latest edition of FSA Coffee Talk, farm loan specialist Janet Kramer of the Farm Service Agency goes over the details of the USDA's Farm Storage Facilities Loan program...producers can use this source of financing for building a variety of on-farm storage structures, and for purchasing commodity-handling equipment.

00:24:07 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, along with this week's edition of "Milk Lines."

00:32:11 – Urban Rat Activity:  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the reported increase in rat activity in urban settings during the pandemic, and what researchers discovered upon looking into that.


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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.