K-State Agriculture Today: 1315 — Getting to the Root of The Issue in Soybeans, Sorghum, and Cotton…Global Issues Leading to Greater Food Insecurity

  • Disease of Soybeans, Sorghum, and Cotton
  • Global Conflicts Increasing World Hunger
  • 2021 Dairy Consumption Trends


00:01:04— Diseases of Soybeans, Sorghum, and Cotton:  K-State professor of plant pathology, Chris Little, discusses seedling, root, and stem diseases of soybeans, sorghum, and cotton. He focuses on soybean sudden death syndrome, soybean cyst nematodes, charcoal rot, and stalk rot.


00:12:06 — Global Conflicts Increasing World Hunger: The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program, David Beasley, used a recent Landon Lecture at Kansas State University to discuss how man-made conflicts, such as the war in Ukraine, global climate shocks and COVID-19 have combined to increase world hunger to a staggering level. He said the food insecurity crisis is beyond anything we’ve seen since at least World War II and that he believes it’s going to get a whole lot worse in the next 24 months.


00:23:04 — 2021 Dairy Consumption Trends: K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk says dairy product consumption data from 2021 shows some interesting trends, such as a continued increase in cheese, strong butter sales and a resurgence for yogurt. He breaks down the data and why it’s important information for dairy producers.  



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Agriculture Today is a daily program featuring Kansas State University agricultural specialists and other experts examining ag issues facing Kansas and the nation. It is hosted by Samantha Bennett and distributed to radio stations throughout Kansas and as a daily podcast.


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