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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - December 8, 2017

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The 20 cuts below feature a 3-minute fully-produced piece followed by the scripts and bites that comprise that piece, for your own voicing.






VALUE OF CROP INSURANCE    (fully produced)    (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





With the 2018 Farm Bill quickly approaching, K-State researchers have figured the impact of crop insurance on farm survivability. K-State agricultural economist Dustin Pendell (PEN-dull) notes that crop insurance is a common risk management tool today, so it important to know the measurable impacts it has on farms. He also discusses the research’s relevance.            


                                             Track 2    (:51)    Q…with crop insurance.


Pendell shares details of the study’s setup.


                                             Track 3   (:52)    Q...on farm survivability.


K-State’s report demonstrates the importance of crop insurance during the current downturn in the agricultural economy.


                                             Track 4   (:17)    Q...better informed decisions.


TAG:  That was K-State agricultural economist Dustin Pendell on the relationship between crop insurance and farm survivability. For more information, visit agmanager.info



WINTER GRAIN MITES   (fully produced)     (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





With an unusual number of warmer fall days, wheat farmers are still noticing activity of winter grain mites. K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth assesses the threat of their activity, and advises wheat farmers on what to watch when they scout these microscopic insects.              


                                             Track 6    (:30)    Q…looking in the wheat.


Temperature hugely influences winter grain mite activity, Whitworth says. 


                                             Track 7   (1:03)    Q...should not effect that.


Whitworth says the key to control is to monitor the winter grain mites this spring.


                                             Track 8   (:39)    Q...better off that way.


TAG:  That was K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth discussing the winter grain mites in wheat.



CROP MANAGEMENT SERVICES    (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






The field of precision cropping technology is ever evolving at a rapid clip.  But one of the developments that has really captured the attention of one K-State specialist is the emergence of what he calls holistic crop data management platforms.  Precision agricultural engineer Ajay Sharda of K-State recently attended a major international agriculture equipment exposition, where these comprehensive data services were on full display.                       


                                             Track 10    (:51)    Q…you want to apply.


And within these platforms, all of those kinds of data are processed together to help guide the producer’s field management decisions.


                                             Track 11   (:31)    Q...everything happens altogether.


These are highly sophisticated data services that are showing up on the market, according to Sharda…and he thinks they hold great promise for producers.


                                             Track 12   (:33)    Q...goes out of it.


TAG:  With those observations on these new approaches to crop data management, that’s K-State precision agricultural engineer Ajay Sharda.



CAPITAL BASIS RESOURCE (fully produced)           (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





An agricultural economist at Kansas State University recently teamed up with a tax law expert at Texas A&M University to develop a new resource for farmers and ranchers to use.  It addresses a void of information that many landowners encounter when they’re getting ready to sell land or other real estate.   Such agricultural assets are subject to capital gains tax if the asset is sold at a price higher than the original purchase price.  In the case where the asset is inherited, the heir receives a step up in basis…the starting value for calculating capital gains tax.  As explained here by K-State’s Terry Griffin, that stepped-up basis isn’t always readily available to the seller.             


                                             Track 14    (:44)    Q…put this publication together.


So Griffin and Texas A&M’s Tiffany Lashmet developed a tool whereby producers could go back and figure what the stepped-up basis is on their property, even if they don’t know the original value of the property when it was inherited.


                                             Track 15   (:39)    Q...the documents on line.


This series of tables covering all 48 continental states, accompanied by examples of how to use them, can be found now on K-State’s agmanager.info web site, and other places on line as well.


                                             Track 16   (:24)    Q...lower states are represented.


TAG:  K-State agricultural economist Terry Griffin, outlining this new tool for estimating capital gains tax liability using stepped-up basis.



PRRS VIRUS RESEARCH    (fully produced)        (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





The Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus has positioned itself as a major threat in the swine industry for over 30 years. Research being conducted by K-State microbiologist Bob Rowland and collaborators at the University of Missouri is producing optimistic results. Rowland shares history on the nature of the infectious virus.             


                                             Track 18    (:45)    Q…greatest devastating effect.


That impact on reproduction can be broken down by biosecurity and management steps.


                                             Track 19   (:31)    Q...keep PRRS out.


Rowland explains the technology used for their project, which removes the molecule responsible for vulnerability to PRRS (purrs).


                                             Track 20   (:36)    Q...on the industry.


TAG:  That was K-State microbiologist Bob Rowland, who says this research is the first of many future solutions to eliminating the PRRS virus in the swine industry. Find more information on the virus at PRRS.com.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






MONITOR TEENAGE SMARTPHONE USEAccording to data released earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of suicide among teenage girls has reached a 40-year high. In 2015, five girls out of every 100,000 between the ages of 15 and 19 committed suicide in the United States – that’s double what it was in 2007. While the reasons are complex, Kansas State University associate professor and Extension specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, Elaine Johannes, says the increased use of smartphones to access social media could be a contributing factor.

Q...need to be aware of.




GIRLS USE SMARTPHONES IN THE CARIn addition to asking about screen time – how much time girls were spending on various devices each day – the CDC survey asked if they used devices while driving. Johannes says a similar questionnaire in Kansas in 2013 should 48% of teenage girls were sending texts and checking emails while driving – 8% higher than the national average.

Q...decoupling from that.





BLEAK OUTLOOK ABOUT THEIR FUTUREA new study conducted at San Diego State University concluded that young Americans who report higher usage of their smartphones were more likely to hold bleak outlooks about their own future. Another study suggests the use of social media is connected to a decline in happiness. There are a number of steps parents can take to monitor their teens’ smartphone use. However, Johannes says it starts by being a good role model.

Q...addiction to a device.




LOOK FOR SIGNS SOMETHING IS WRONGJohannes says it’s important for parents and adults who interact with teens to watch for signs that something might be wrong.

Q...a really caring way.




STAY ENGAGED, TALK WITH TEENAGERSWhile teens often act like they want to be left alone, especially by mom and dad, Johannes says a study she conducted in Kansas finds that’s really not true.

Q...a long period of time.

Tag: More information on adolescent health can be found at county and district Extension offices and on the Extension website: www.ksre.ksu.edu.




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






TYSON MULLENPHARMACYA cutting-edge pharmacy that uses the latest technology sounds like something you would expect in a big city, but Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has found just such a business in southwest Kansas.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






DAIRY DURING THE HOLIDAYSWith the holiday season in full swing, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk encourages producers and consumers to incorporate dairy products at their celebrations. He also challenges everyone to give back to their communities, which can also be done with the help of dairy foods.

Q...(theme music)







WILDLIFE TRANSLOCATION RESEARCHIn an attempt to expand endangered wildlife populations in specific areas, officials have translocated wildlife into those areas as a conservation measure.  Follow-up research shows that using translocation for this purpose bears mixed results. K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at those findings this week.

Q...(theme music)






IMPACT OF INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIESFor parents the birth if a child is a wonderful and miraculous thing. However, for a few, that birth brings with it fear, anger, and tremendous life changes when they learn their child was born with disabilities. Even though their lives have changed, one expert says the vast majority of parents in this circumstance gather their strength, face the difficulties, and forge a new life of promise and happiness.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Dr. Briana Nelson Goff, director of the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families at Kansas State University and a professor in the university’s School of Family Studies and Human Services.







BUILDING GARDEN COMPOSTThough it is late in the year, there’s still time for gardeners to gather up all that organic material from their yards and gardening areas for building a compost pile.  So says Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton, who this week goes over the basic steps to composting…how to start, and how to manage it through the winter months for use next spring or beyond.

Q...(theme music)






MONITOR TEENAGE SMARTPHONE USEAccording to data released earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of suicide among teenage girls has reached a 40-year high. While the reasons are complex, Kansas State University associate professor and Extension specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, Elaine Johannes, says the increased use of smartphones to access social media could be a contributing factor.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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CLEARING RIPARIAN AREASThose who clear the wooded areas adjacent to rivers and streams for crop production likely don’t realize the full ecological consequences of that kind of land conversion.  In the next part of his series on riparian area management, K-State watershed forester Jarren Tindle outlines the negative impacts of removing trees and other riparian plant growth from streambanks.  And he stresses that cost-share assistance is available to landowners for restoring those areas.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



CHINOOKIt’s one of the most powerful wind currents on the planet, capable of melting and evaporating snow at an amazing rate. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) introduces us to the Chinook (shin-NOOK).

Q...Research and Extension.



A VERY WINDY DAYKansas is known for being a windy state, but even here, some days make their way into the record books. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp takes a look back in Kansas weather history.

Q...Research and Extension.



“COLD WAVE”Meteorologists across the nation like to use the phrase “cold wave” in their forecasts. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp takes a look at what it takes to make a cold wave.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



SUPPORTING WHEAT RESEARCHAs the calendar year closes out, many folks see an advantage in making donations to non-profit entities.  One option that appeals to those interested in wheat production is a contribution to the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation. Jordan Hildebrand talks about all the possibilities associated with that on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Jordan Hildebrand.