Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 06/20/2017


Greg Wickham, Chief Financial Officer with Dairy Farmers of America joined us on Tuesday’s Ag Issues program. Wickham talked about June as dairy month in Kansas and the growing dairy industry within the state.  He also discussed DFA’s construction of a new dairy ingredients plant in Garden City, Kansas. The start-of-the-art plant, which is expected to be fully operational later this year, will produce whole, skim and nonfat dry milk powder as well as cream. It’s expected to bring 66 full time jobs to the area.



Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 06/15/2017


Kent Bacus, Director of International Trade with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association joined us on Thursday’s Ag Issues program.  The discussion mainly focused on the movement this week on the USDA Announcement of the rules and regulations agreed to export U.S. Beef into China and the approval and shipping of some of the first loads of U.S. Beef heading to China on Wednesday, by Greater Omaha Packing in Nebraska.  Bacus also discussed what NCBA would like to see in the upcoming renegotiation of the NAFTA agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  He also commented on the delays at USDA in regards to the nominations of top positions by Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue.


Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 06/08/2017


Mike Beam, Senior Vice President with the Kansas Livestock Association and Ryan Flickner, Senior Director of Public Policy with Kansas Farm Bureau joined us on Thursday’s Ag Issues program. Beam and Flickner both looked at the particulars of Senate Bill 30, which was passed in both Kansas legislative chambers, vetoed by Governor Brownback followed by both chambers voting to override the veto. The bill would increase taxes and is expected to generate an estimated $1.2 billion over the next two years.


Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 06/02/2017


The 89th Kansas FFA Convention is underway in Manhattan and on Friday’s Ag Issues program, we spoke with two of the state officers that are wrapping their year of service.



Grace Luebcke is the Kansas FFA State Secretary from Marysville and will be a Sophomore at Kansas State University majoring in Animal Science Pre-Vet Medicine.  



Jacob Grinstead is the Kansas FFA Reporter from Buhler and will be a Sophomore at Kansas State University majoring in Agribusiness.


Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 05/30/2017


Tom Leffler with Leffler Commodities out of Augusta joined us on Tuesday’s Ag Issues program.  The discussion focused on Friday’s USDA cattle-on-feed report and how that affected the market on Friday and what it may do to the cattle market this week.  Leffler also discussed what’s been affecting the soybean market and what to expect in the grain markets this week.


Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 05/25/2017


Dr. William Brown, Kansas Animal Health Commissioner with the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health joined us on Thursday’s Ag Issues program. Dr. Brown will be retiring later in the year after serving nearly 7 1/2 years as Kansas Animal Health Commissioner.  He talked about some of the accomplishments and advances that were made during his tenure. Dr. Brown also discussed the continuing work on animal disease traceability. He also talked about several people within his department and the great work they’ve done in several areas.