KSRN Radio Interviews

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Farm Bill

Ag policy specialist Brad Lubben of the University of Nebraska comments on the House Agriculture Committee proposal for the 2018 Farm Bill, which was officially marked up Wednesday. He goes over proposed changes to the commodity and conservation titles, and remarks on the main item of contention that will likely drag the process out: the nutrition title.

April 19, 2018
Futures Conference Wrap-Up

K-State agricultural economists Glynn Tonsor and Mykel Taylor talk about some of the futures market issues that were addressed at a first-of-its-kind agricultural futures conference that took place recently in Overland Park, co-sponsored by K-State and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. They say this conference shined a light on a number of futures trading topics of great interest to the production agriculture sector. 

April 16, 2018
Tariff Concerns

K-State agricultural economist Vincent Amanor-Boadu takes a closer look at the recent "trade interventions", as he calls them, and the impact on U.S. agricultural trade that's already happening, although the tariffs have yet to go into effect...he says that years of successfully building markets for U.S. commodities abroad are being put at risk, in an effort to shore up U.S. products that has been less successful in the world marketplace.

April 13, 2018
Financial Tools For Producers

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about how producers can use two financial ratios to evaluate their economic status:  their return on assets and their return on equity. He has just put together analysis of how those ratios typically compare, which he says is important for producers to know.

April 12, 2018
Diesel Price Trends

Gregg Ibendahl goes over his latest analysis of diesel price trends, and when those prices tend to reach their highs and lows during the calendar year. He also offers his updated forecast on diesel prices for the remainder of 2018. 

April 10, 2018
County Government Fiscal Trends

Rebecca Bishop, in the Office of Local Government, talks about new information on statewide county government fiscal trends in Kansas over the last decade, and on individual county expenditure and revenue trends in 2017. This information can be used by county policy-makers and their constituents in making fiscal decisions going forward. 

April 5, 2018
Agricultural Land Values

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks about agricultural land value trends in Kansas and the updated report on county-by-county land values that she'll be presenting at a special webinar hosted by K-State later this month.

April 3, 2018
Precision Ag "Down Under"

K-State precision agricultural engineer Terry Griffin reflects on his recent assignment in Australia, where he met with leading agricultural producers in the state of Victoria and learned about their adoption of precision agriculture technology and their approaches to data management. He tells of things he picked up that would potentially interest producers here in Kansas.

March 22, 2018
Winter Wheat Predictions

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about a new economic model that he has put together which uses weekly USDA crop condition report information to predict the final yield of the state's winter wheat crop...he'll be updating that prediction as new reports come in this spring. 

March 15, 2018
Crop Insurance

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby offers final thoughts on enrolling 2018 summer field crops in crop insurance, stressing that paring back on coverage as a cost-cutting move is not a good idea. He also comments on what producers were saying about the future of the crop insurance program at the series of Farm Bill Forums co-hosted by K-State in recent weeks. 

March 15, 2018
Farm Bill Discussions

University of Nebraska agricultural policy specialist Brad Lubben has the latest on the possible adjustments to the commodity and conservation titles in the new farm bill, and what producers are saying about those at the series of Farm Bill Forums being conducted by K-State and U-N-L this week and next.

March 2, 2018
Career Plans for Grain Marketing Graduates

K-State agricultural economist Keith Harris talks about his studies of food production systems in the U.S., and a couple of research projects he's conducting...including one that is evaluating what college students in the field of grain marketing and merchandising are looking for as they embark on their careers.

February 28, 2018
2018 Farm Bill Forums

K-State agricultural economists Mykel Taylor and Art Barnaby offer their latest takes on some of the likely points of debate in the 2018 Farm Bill, which will be addressed in the series of Farm Bill Forums being conducted over the next two weeks in Kansas and Nebraska, co-hosted by K-State and the University of Nebraska.

February 27, 2018
Family Living Expenses

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about trends in Kansas farm family living expenses, based on Kansas Farm Management Association data. He reports that adjustments in those expenditures tend to lag behind the shifts in net farm income, saying that farm families need to watch this expense category very carefully this year. 

February 20, 2018
Crop Insurance Premiums

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby comments on the administration-proposed cuts to the crop insurance program and the ensuing impact on coverage and he talks about why crop insurance premiums on corn and soybeans may be lower this year for farmers in lower-risk counties.

February 14, 2018
Farm Bill Forums

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor and University of Nebraska agricultural policy specialist Brad Lubben discuss the early talking points on the 2018 Farm Bill, as they preview a series of Farm Bill Forums to be co-hosted by K-State and UNL in the coming weeks in Kansas and Nebraska.

February 6, 2018
Beef Demand Study

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor summarizes the research findings that he reported at the national cattle producers' conference last week on the determinants of beef demand. This was a beef checkoff-funded study of the factors that are currently influencing demand, and the results revealed that factors other than retail price have a greater impact on consumer beef demand.

February 5, 2018
Cattle Feeding Risk

K-State livestock economist Ted Schroeder and undergraduate researcher Justin Bina talk about their new analysis of live cattle options trading over the past 15 years...their work shows how the volatility patterns in that trading can be used by cattle feeders to estimate the price risk they're undertaking in feeding cattle at any given point.

January 30, 2018

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