WIBW Radio/KAN Bonus Podcast – Preview of the 2018 Kansas Commodity Classic


The 2018 Kansas Commodity Classic is coming up on Friday, January 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. Jesse McCurry, Executive Director of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association joined us on Thursday’s Ag Issues program to preview this year’s event. For a link to the schedule and registration, click here.


WIBW Radio/KAN Bonus Podcast – Preview of Soil Health U and Trade Show in Salina


The High Plains Journal will be hosting the inaugural Soil Health U and Trade Show taking place January 24 and 25, at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina. Bill Spiegel, Editor of the High Plains Journal joined us on Thursday’s Ag Issues program to preview the big two-day event and why the need was there for a program like this here in Kansas. If you would like to register for the event, click here.


College Scholarships available for Agriculture-Related Fields. Farmers can also Nominate Rural Schools for Grants


Brian Leake with Grow Ag Leaders and Tracy Mueller with Grow Rural Education were guests on Friday’s Ag Issues program.  Brian discussed scholarship opportunities for students wanting to pursue higher education in agriculture-related study.  Tracy discussed opportunities for farmers to nominate rural schools to win grants up the $25, 000 to enhance their agriculture-related curriculum.


Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 01/11/2018


Kansas State Representatives Don Hineman (R-118th) from Dighton, who serves as House Majority Leader and Larry Hibbard (R-13th) from Toronto, joined us on Thursday’s Ag Issues program. The focus was on the Governor’s State of the State address from Tuesday and the Governor’s budget proposal which was released on Wednesday. Both Hineman and Hibbard voiced their concerns as to how the legislature was going come up with the proposed $600 million in increased spending for Kansas schools. They also looked the options with regards to coming into compliance with the state Supreme Court’s ruling concerning adequate financing of Kansas schools. They also commented on other parts of the Governor’s proposed budget and also talked about whether another round of tax increases would even be on the table for this session.


Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 01/05/2018


Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association joined us on Friday’s Ag Issues program. The main focus of discussion was on trade and market access. Woodall talked about Friday’s talks between the United States and South Korea on the KORUS trade agreement that are taking place in Washington DC. He also talked about what they’re hearing from White House officials with regards to agriculture and the trade talks taking place.  The 2nd half of the program, Woodall focused on the latest round on NAFTA talks that will take place later this month in Montreal. He also commented on not having a Chief Agricultural Negotiator in place for the talks.  Woodall also says they feel more optimistic that the United States will not pull out of the NAFTA agreement.


Temps Warming up by Weekend…Some Rain and Snow in the Northeast Kansas Forecast

Meteorologist Dan Holiday was the guest on Wednesday’s Ag Issues program.  Dan talked about the ongoing cold and dry pattern experienced across Kansas.  He says some limited rain and snow is in the forecast for this weekend, as well as warmer temperatures.  Dan also talked about the ongoing impact of the current La Nina in both North and South America.



Freezing Weather Factoring Into Markets. Analyst Outlook for 2018…”Not Great.”

Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities in Augusta, Ks.

Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities was the Thursday guest on Ag Issues.  Tom discussed the effects that freezing temperatures are having on both grain and livestock markets, recapped the bearish Cattle-On-Feed report from Dec. 22, and also talked about the market highlights (or lowlights) for 2017.  Tom also gave a quick preview of 2018.


A Conversation With Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran


Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran joined us to look back at 2017 and the first year of the Trump Administration. Moran said the Tax Reform bill will help strengthen the U.S. economy and will be good for agriculture.  However, he expressed concern over the new Farm Bill and deep concern over the Trump Administrations efforts to reform trade deals (primarily NAFTA) that has been very good for crop and livestock producers.