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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - February 15, 2019

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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.






K-STATE CATTLEMEN’S DAY   (fully produced)    (Brityne Rucker)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



K-STATE CATTLEMEN’S DAY (soundbites)  


Soon, Kansas State University will host the 106th Cattlemen’s Day at K-State. The event is set for Friday, March 1st at Weber Hall and will begin at 8 in the morning. To speak more on the event and its keynote speakers is beef cattle specialist for K-State Research and Extension and one of the co-coordinators of the event, Dale Blasi (BLAH-see).


                                             Track 2    (:42)    Q…that may be.


One of the keynote speakers at the event will give insight on whether or not plant-sourced or cultured meat or both could make inroads in the beef market.


                                             Track 3   (:39)    Q...our particular industry.


Complimenting Brad Morgan’s presentation will be K-State’s Glynn Tonsor (TAWN-zer). He will be covering the beef market outlook and alternative protein offerings.


                                             Track 4   (:26)    Q...folks to hear.


TAG:  That was K-State beef cattle specialist, Dale Blasi. Again, the event is set for Friday, March 1st at Weber Hall and will kick off at 8 in the morning. All information on this event can be found at www.ksubeef.org



FARM FINANCIAL GOALS (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





In general, 2019 could be a trying time financially for agricultural producers, according to the executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association.  That’s why he’s urging producers to take another look at their financial management right now, seeking out potential areas for improvement.  K-State’s Kevin Herbel (HER-bell) says that any assessment of a farm’s economic status begins with simply knowing where one is at financially, in precise terms.                  


                                             Track 6    (:46)    Q…with their farm.


As usual, it comes back to keeping and maintaining thorough financial records…an absolute must, in Herbel’s view.


                                             Track 7   (:40)    Q...making management decisions.


To complement this financial self-analysis, Herbel recommends that producers also set tangible financial goals for the operation for the year, as benchmarks for moving ahead.


                                             Track 8   (:29)    Q...desiring to accomplish.


TAG:  That’s the executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Kevin Herbel.  Find more information on these farm financial analysis approaches at www.agmanager.info



FARM WORKING CAPITAL  (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





A few years ago, when the economics of farming were more favorable, quite a few producers took on additional debt, for new equipment purchases and otherwise.  Now, as the economics have become much tighter, producers would be wise to revisit their operations’ debt structure.  That’s according to the executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State.  Kevin Herbel (HER-bell) comments on this potential farm debt issue.        


                                             Track 10    (:19)    Q…tightening working capital.


He explains why working capital is an important barometer of farm financial health.


                                             Track 11   (1:02)    Q...that point in time.


If that working capital is on the wrong side of the ledger, producers may well want to look at ways of remedying that.   And Herbel urges producers to do what needs to be done.


                                             Track 12   (:35)    Q...take a look at.


TAG:  On the value of assessing the working capital of the farm as part of shoring up the operation’s debt structure, that’s Kevin Herbel of the Kansas Farm Management Association.  He recommends that producers take this up with their farm management advisers.



FARM ENTERPRISE ANALYSIS (fully produced)   (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






The pace on the farm tends to pick up as spring comes on.  That’s why the executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association is encouraging producers to think now about ways of improving their financial management this year.  For one, he recommends that producers financially evaluate each enterprise on the farm independently.  K-State’s Kevin Herbel (HER-bell) is a long-time proponent of farm enterprise analysis.                    


                                             Track 14    (:26)    Q…influenced by many things.


Herbel explains what a producer should be looking for when sizing up each individual enterprise. He advocates breaking down each one thoroughly and assessing all costs and returns.


                                             Track 15   (:30)    Q...for marketing planning.


And using benchmarks to compare the economic status of each enterprise gives the producer an even clearer picture of what needs to be managed more carefully going forward.


                                             Track 16   (:55)    Q...on their farm.


TAG:  That’s Kevin Herbel of the Kansas Farm Management Association out of Kansas State University, on the merits of conducting an enterprise analysis as a means of improving farm financial management this year.



FARM FUEL PRICES (fully produced)        (Brityne Rucker)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



FARM FUEL PRICES (soundbites)


As economic times get tighter, managing cost on your farming operation gets more essential. Costs, such as fueling your field operations can be pivotal in times like these. That’s why K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl (I-ben-doll) recently put together a couple of facts sheets on seasonality of diesel prices and what’s potentially to come in 2019.                    


                                             Track 18    (:25)    Q…going forward.


Ibendahl discusses the correlation between oil and gas and diesel prices.


                                           Track 19   (:50)    Q...diesel price too.


And there might be a sharper rise in gasoline prices compared to diesel.


                                             Track 20   (:33)    Q...for 2019.


TAG:  That was Gregg Ibendahl, farm management economist for K-State Research and Extension. You can find the entire fact sheet on seasonality of farm fuel prices on www.agmangager.info.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






REDUCING THE RISK OF HEART DISEASEHeart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 610-thousand Americans die each year from heart disease – that’s one in every four deaths. The good news? Heart disease is also one of the most preventable. K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging specialist, Erin Yelland, says we can reduce the risk of heart disease by not smoking, exercising and eating healthy.

Q...smoking yourself.

Tag: Yelland encourages smokers to quit smoking and urges everyone to avoid second-hand smoke because it contains more than 7,000 chemicals – 70 of which can directly cause cancer.




KNOW YOUR CRITICAL HEALTH NUMBERSIndividuals with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes are more likely to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar. They’re also likely to be overweight or obese. All of these factors increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other serious health complications. For that reason, Yelland says it’s important to know your critical health numbers.

Q...and twenty over 80.

Tag: According to Yelland, cholesterol should be checked at least every five years, beginning at age 20, and blood pressure should be checked at least once a year.





WALKING YOUR WAY TO BETTER FITNESSIf you’re looking for something to help jumpstart a healthier lifestyle, Yelland recommends forming a 6-person team and signing up for K-State Research and Extension’s Walk Kansas – which begins March 17th and runs through May 11th.

Q...and get walking.

Tag: More information on Walk Kansas, including how to register, is available at county and district Extension offices and online at: walkkansas.org  




STAY STRONG, STAY HEALTHY PROGRAMYelland says another Extension program, Stay Strong, Stay Healthy, helps older adults build healthy muscle strength.

Q...is incredibly important.

Tag: Stay Strong, Stay Healthy classes are generally held twice a week for eight weeks and focus on strength training, muscle building and increasing flexibility through the use of light weights and stretch bands. To find out when the program is being offered in your community, contact the local Extension office.  




REVISITING THAT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONHaving Heart Healthy Month in February is pretty much a no-brainer – because of Valentine’s Day and the fact that hearts are everywhere. However, Yelland says there may be an even better reason: the New Year’s resolutions we all made.

Q...and better life.

Tag: More information on K-State Research and Extension health, nutrition and wellness programs is available at county and district Extension offices and on the Extension website: www.ksre.ksu.edu.




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






DUSTY TURNERMOTO GUZZIA young man’s love of motorcycles and traveling turned into something of an economic boom for a small Kansas town. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, says what started as a weekend camping trip is now an annual festival, with participants from around the globe.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






A LOWER SOMATIC CELL COUNTAccording to data from the Central Federal Milk Marketing Order, producers are continuing to lower the somatic cell count of the milk delivered to processing plants. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) explains how this is being accomplished and the benefits it provides to both consumers and producers.

Q...(theme music)







LEAST SHREW TRAITSThough it’s a common prairie mammal, the least shrew is not well known to most people.  In fact, most mistake it for a mouse or mole, not understanding the unsung role it plays in the ecosystem.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about this very small critter, saying that it poses no wildlife damage problems whatsoever.

Q...(theme music)







PRESERVING CUT FLOWERSNow that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, how long can one preserve those roses or other cut flowers, as well as flowering plants that were given for the occasion?  That depends on several factors, according to Riley County Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone.  However, by paying attention to a few simple things, those flowers and plants can be maintained for a decent amount of time.

Q...(theme music)






TIPS TO STAY HEART-HEALTHYHeart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It’s also one of the most preventable. K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging specialist Erin Yelland says Extension has several heart-healthy programs that can help improve an older adult’s endurance, strength, balance and overall health.

Q...K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

cut 32 contains music; cut 33 does not



PROTECTING TREES FROM ICE DAMAGEIt only takes a thin layer of ice to increase the weight of a branch enough to cause branch failure. K-State forester Ryan Armbrust (arm-broost) says regular structural pruning can help protect trees from damage caused by heavy snow or ice.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



“THUNDER SNOW” A storm event is usually characterized by its most destructive element. So what happens when you have snow and thunder in the same event?  Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) explains.

Q...search and Extension.



FEBRUARY IS STILL WINTEREven though we may have a few warm days in February, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp recalls a year when some of the coldest weather of the year occurred in February.

Q...Research and Extension.



HIGHS AND LOWSBecause February sits right on the edge of winter, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp temperatures and precipitation can vary greatly, from year to year.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



WHEAT RESEARCH FUNDINGA long-time wheat industry supporter recently ramped up its commitment to improving wheat production, by way of a research grant.  It will fund efforts to enhance wheat yields and quality through new approaches to wheat nutrient management.  Marsha Boswell tells more about it on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q... I’m Marsha Boswell.




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