KSRN Radio Interviews

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Global Impacts of Agricultural Research

Discussing his latest research looking at the global impacts of agricultural research is K- State agricultural economics professor and director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, Tim Dalton. In this two-part series, Dalton shares insight into what research dollars’ return on investment really looks like abroad and how global research ultimately benefits us in the United State.

July 21, 2022
Agricultural Cybersecurity

Terry Griffin, K-State cropping systems economist, discusses cybersecurity in agriculture and best practices on the farm. 

July 11, 2022
WASDE Report Analysis

Senior economist with the International Grains Program at K-State, Guy Allen, gives producers an in-depth look at the commodities market on a global scale by analyzing the latest WASDE report – he specifically gives valuable details on the current world wheat market and what that means for us here in the United States. He also provides additional information on the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and the volatility of the current global freight market. 

June 14, 2022
Eric Atkinson Caps 39 Year Career as Host of Agriculture Today - Samantha Bennett Takes Over As Host of Agriculture Today

00:01:00 – Samantha Bennett Discusses Her Role as the New Host of Agriculture Today: Samantha Bennett shares her aspirations for the Agriculture Today program as both a radio broadcast and a podcast in the years ahead, continuing the mission of K-State's service to agriculture.

00:12:00 – The Driving Forces Behind the Success of Agriculture Today: Eric Atkinson reflects on the nearly century-long history of agricultural radio programming, the drivers behind its success, and the rich experience it's been in getting information out to agricultural producers and others in the industry.

00:23:00 – Final Thoughts from the Host of Agriculture Today: Eric Atkinson offers some final thoughts as he caps a nearly 40 year career as the host of Agriculture Today

June 10, 2022
Summer Forage Risk Management

Risk management economist Jenny Ifft and forage agronomist John Holman of K-State team up to talk about summer annual forage production and managing the risk associated with raising those forage crops: they discuss the agronomic factors at work in planting and growing forage this year, and which of those most greatly impact yield risk and go over the basics of the USDA'S Annual Forage Insurance program and how producers can use that coverage to mitigate that risk.

June 7, 2022
Economic Forces Causing a Surge in Diesel Prices

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl breaks down the economic forces that have caused diesel prices to surge dramatically, and why there's such a price disparity between diesel and gasoline, as well as when that gap might narrow...this from a recent economic analysis he put together on diesel, gasoline and oil prices.

May 27, 2022
Livestock Forage Availability Items

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about two topics related to livestock forage availability, both of which she has now highlighted on the web site:  the USDA's Livestock Forage Disaster Program, which provides payments to qualified livestock producers whose forage resources have been decimated by drought...and a new hay inventory calculator tool that she has put together for producers to gauge their expected cow herd forage needs and hay availability.

May 26, 2022
K-State's Service to Agriculture

An extended conversation with the president of Kansas State University, Richard Linton, about his early efforts to gather feedback from agriculture leaders and stakeholders in Kansas on K-State's role in support of agriculture as a leading land-grant institution...on part one, he outlines a nine-day listening tour he’ll be taking to western and southeast Kansas in June, where he will meet with agricultural interests and conduct open forums to hear input from producers and rural Kansas dwellers.  He also talks about his just-announced initiative to modify the university's strategic plan toward K-State becoming what he terms a "next-generation land-grant institution" and he explains what that might entail.

May 24, 2022
A Growth in Non-Traditional Agricultural Financing Sources

Three features this week on non-traditional agricultural financing, and its rising prominence in the agricultural lending field.

1) K-State risk management specialist Jenny Ifft and Purdue University agricultural economist Brady Brewer talk about the various sources of non-traditional financing and the degree to which they're claiming a greater share of the agriculture credit market.

2) Based on a series of studies recently conducted by a team of agricultural economists from several leading land-grant universities, K-State risk management specialist Jenny Ifft is joined by agricultural economists Brady Brewer of Purdue and Brian Briggeman of K-State for a look at the likely impact of current economic inflation and rising interest rates on the supply and demand for non-traditional farm loans.

3) The final segment of this week's series on the growth in non-traditional agricultural financing, based on a new report put together by a team of land-grant university agricultural economists:  this time, K-State's Jenny Ifft is joined by Bruce Ahrendsen of the University of Arkansas, as he outlines his study of how non-traditional finance relates to USDA farm loan defaults...and Will Secor of the University of Georgia shares his research on where non-traditional creditors land in the pecking order when it comes to debt repayments in Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy cases.

May 13, 2022
Kansas Farm Income Report

An overview of the just-released report on 2021 Kansas net farm income from the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State. This is annual summary of data from KFMA member farms is considered a key indicator of the state of the Kansas production agriculture economy. The executive director of the KFMA, Kevin Herbel, is joined by area KFMA economists to break down what ended up being a record-setting year for net farm income in Kansas. Featured on part one are Jordan Steele from northwest Kansas, Lindsey Bryant from southwest Kansas, and Joni James from south-central Kansas. The second part of the discussion has observations on the farm income numbers for north-central, northeast and southeast Kansas from KFMA economists Will Feldkamp, Craig Althauser and Dillon Rapp, respectively.

May 12, 2022
Farm Debt Ratios

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl discusses his new analysis of debt trends on Kansas farms, based on over 45 years of Kansas Farm Management Association data. He compared debt-to-asset ratios over those years to the most recent ratio as an indicator of farm solvency, saying that while most farmers are in good shape right now, any major downturn in farm asset values could quickly become problematic for producers.

May 10, 2022
Ukraine Grain Update

A visiting professor at K-State from the Vinnytsia National Agrarian University in Ukraine, Antonina Broyaka, provides an update on the state of agriculture in that war-ravaged country, focusing on grain production and exports...she was featured in a special webinar on that topic hosted by K-State agricultural economics earlier this week...among other things, she describes the efforts to re-route grain export shipments out of Ukraine, because of the loss of access to shipping ports.

May 5, 2022
Information on the Prevent Plant Option for Row Crops

00:01:00 – Information on the Prevent Plant Option for Row Crops: Agricultural economist Robin Reid and crop production specialist Lucas Haag of K-State discuss considerations for taking the "prevent plant" option for row crops under crop insurance coverage because of ongoing drought: they talk about the agronomic factors to be weighed, and compare the economics of exercising this option to those of going ahead and planting the crop with the prospect of high market prices ahead.

00:12:00 – K-State Has a Spreadsheet for Running the Numbers on the Prevent Plant Option: Agricultural economist Robin Reid and crop production specialist Lucas Haag of K-State discuss a special K-State spreadsheet producers can use to work up the numbers for their specific crop production situation.

May 4, 2022
K-State Farm Management Courses

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid has the details on two new K-State on-line courses for farmers and ranchers that cover economic risk management and farm financial management...these can be completed at one's own pace, and will provide information that can be immediately applied to one's operation, based on case study exercises. 

April 21, 2022
Upward Revisions to Kansas Net Farm Income

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about the revision that he has made to his forecast on final Kansas net farm income for 2021, as well as his NFI projection for 2022...both have been adjusted upward because of substantial developments in the grain markets since he first forecasted those numbers back in January.

April 18, 2022
First-Hand Insight on Grain Production in Ukraine

A visiting agricultural economist at K-State from the Vinnytsia National Agrarian University in Ukraine, Antonina Broyaka, offers first-hand insight on grain production in that now war-torn country:  how the conflict is likely to impact that productivity going forward and the repercussions for world grain trade...she was featured in a special webinar hosted by K-State agricultural economics this week.

April 15, 2022
Impact of China and Ukraine are Having on International Grain Markets

The senior economist with the IGP Institute at K-State, Guy Allen, provides his monthly update on trends in the international grain markets:  he centers his comments on China's consistent purchases of U.S corn and soybeans, and how the war on Ukraine continues to influence international wheat trade.

April 13, 2022
Net Farm Income Trends From 2011-2020

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl reports on his new analysis of Kansas Farm Management Association net farm income trends from 2011 through 2020...he was interested specifically in negative net farm income patterns, and whether some farms' incomes are habitually "in the red"...he talks about his findings.

April 6, 2022

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