Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 01/19/2018


(Consul General of Canada Stephane Lessard speaking to members of the Kansas Senate Commerce Committee on trade between Canada and Kansas)


Stephane Lessard is the Consul General of Canada based in Denver. The states he covers include Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. He joined us on Friday’s Ag Issues program. Lessard was in Kansas this week speaking to members of the Kansas Legislature as well as business organizations and other groups. The conversation focused on the re-negotiating efforts of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the great trade relationship between Canada and Kansas.



(Photo Courtesy of Megan Graves)

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.


USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in Fighting Citrus Greening Disease

Selina Meiners, 202-734-9376

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced awards to combat citrus greening disease. The funding to support research and extension programs is made through the emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE). CDRE was authorized as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. 

U.S. Now Number One Beef Seller to South Korea


The United States has reclaimed the title of top beef exporter to South Korea in 2017. The change comes 14 years after a U.S. outbreak of mad cow disease that led to a ban of U.S. beef in South Korea, handing the top spot of the market to Australia, according to Reuters. U.S. beef shipments jumped 13.7 percent last year to 177,400 metric tons, accounting for nearly half of South Korea’s beef imports. Australian shipments eased about four percent to 172,800 metric tons. Beef is a diet mainstay of South Korea, and the nation is the world’s fourth-biggest beef importer, and the third biggest buyer of U.S. beef in 2016, rising to a value of $1.1 billion in 2017. A Korea-based trade researcher attributed the change to the 2017 drought in Australia and a tariff gap between the U.S. and Australia. U.S. beef will attract a 21.3 percent tariff in 2018 while the tariff for Australian beef will be 26.6 percent.

Holaday Looks at the Markets


Darrell Holaday with Country Futures joined us for a look at what’s moving agriculture markets right now.  Holaday did note the wheat basis is finally showing signs of narrowing, and he talked about whether or not we’ll see a large shift to soybeans from corn acre this year.  Holaday noted beef prices are weakening and beef will face more price competition from larger supplies of pork and poultry this year.


USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Biomass Genomics Research

Media Contact: Selina Meiners, 202-734-9376

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research, announce joint support for research in plant feedstock genomics for bioenergy. NIFA’s support is funded through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which aims to address challenges in food and agricultural sciences through research, extension, and education.

MSU faculty seek to increase women in agriculture with USDA grant

Six female professors at Montana State University and Flathead Valley Community College hope to increase the percentage of women agricultural scientists, engineers and policymakers by way of a $94,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant, “Empowering Women in Agriculture.”