Continued Demand for Beef is Important for 2019


Over 9,000 cattle producers were in New Orleans recently for the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention. In addition to listening to industry experts and learning about the latest technology, a Kansas State University agricultural livestock economist was able to pick up some hallway chatter about concerns producers have for 2019.

Glynn Tonsor was encouraged to see that there is a growing recognition that both domestic and foreign demand for beef was important in 2018 and that it will continue to be important in 2019.

The hallway chatter also found producers are optimistic about the overall beef demand for 2019. However, Tonsor is a bit more reserved.

Tonsor says a slowdown in the economy would have a negative impact on beef demand because it’s a high-value, expensive item. He also thinks the ongoing uncertainty about the potential impact of trade tariffs – which he admits to being wrong about in the past – is still a concern.

Complete information on livestock and meat markets, grain markets, land and leasing, crop insurance and agricultural policy, can be found on the Kansas State University agricultural economics department website:

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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