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Don’t Fear the Future: A Discussion About the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead: A panel moderated by Dr. John Waddell (Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Senior Professional Services Veterinarian), Dr. Dave Bomgaars (President at RC Family Farms and Orange City Veterinary Clinic), Dr.

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Erin Wagoner, The Maschhoffs, talks about how finding good employees is about developing culture that encourages employees to thrive and share their experiences with those outside the company [video]. From the 2019 Missouri Pork Expo, February 12 - 13, 2019, Columbia, MO, USA. More presentations at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_5bHW6MgRAyg3whQB6-iF9kmohggeSPZ

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Haydn Shaw, People Driven Results, provides inspiration for success and challenges people to re-think their connections with family in a farm business [video]. From the 2019 Minnesota Pork Congress, February 5 - 6, 2019, Minneapolis, MN, USA. More presentations at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_5bHW6MgRAxR_WyINKBPyCwAeXFJ5CfZ

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Gary B. Rodrigue, Blockchain WW Food Safety Leader, IBM, shares what IBM is doing to leverage the ideas behind the blockchain [video] and apply it to creating systems for improving food and animal traceability. Mr. Rodrigue offers insights on the IBM platform on which others can build.

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Paul Laronde, Tag and Technology Manager, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, highlights how Canada developed a traceability standard [video] to help improve on the trust of the food system. Mr. Laronde shares what the issues were and the actions needed to keep the standard sustainable for future use.

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Leann Saunders, IMI Global (A division of Where Food Comes From, Inc.), presents how traceability is important [video] for distinguishing products in the global market. She talks about how building confidence in the livestock traceability system is key to growth, and she shares what the future of traceability looks like. Yes, this is a beef focused presentation but the conversation also applies to pork.

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Dr. Chris Oura (Professor of Veterinary Virology, School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago) explains what we know about the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus, what the associated clinical signs are, and the various paths of transmission. From the 2018 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-18, 2018, St.

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Vance Crowe, Director of Millennial Engagement at Monsanto, demonstrates how to think strategically about how you can make your network to be bigger, more resilient, and better able to compete with the networks built by those selling fear [audio].

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The 2018 NIAA Annual Conference, Livestock Traceability [all presentations] brings together specialists and domain experts in the fields of animal and human health to share conversations and research on specific diseases, species, and operations concerns. This year's focus is on Livestock Traceability.


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The Animal Agriculture Alliance's Stakeholders Summit [all presentations] brings in new perspectives on the future of consumer preferences and animal agriculture activism.


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The 2018 Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference [all presentations] brings research and actionable information for midwest crop farming.


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Genetically modified organism (GMO) conversations are always roiling around the internet. Managing public relations for any company involved in GMOs requires being calm, firm, organized, and well connected to the conversations.


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Dr. Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University, shares that climate and weather are related but different. Dr. Wilson details the differences and their impact on growing crops. Dr. Wilson highlights data that shows how the growing zones are shifting and the impacts to agriculture. Dr. Wilson shares predictions that states like Ohio, through 2095, will move to having winters like North Carolina today and summers like Arkansas today [video].

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Mr. Sterling Liddell and Ms. Christine McCracken, Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research, share data and summarize the economics of the protein markets. Mr. Liddell and Ms. McCracken also share detailed information on consumer trends plus highlight some of the risks producers must keep in their eyesight when managing their operations [video].

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Ms. Francia Maras, Client Insights Consultant, IRi, shares how organizations can leverage the vast amounts of data to gain insight into customers, better understand trends, or plan for growth. Ms. Maras provides examples focused on the business of pork, highlighting how the cooked dinner sausage volume grew and the data behind it to help plan for consumer preference changes [video].

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Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California - Davis, talks about the importance of science communications and the goal to understand the audience and connect with the right message. In this presentation Dr. Van Eenennaam tells a great story on how biotechology for genetically engineered animals are approved and the details on what happens behind the scenes [video].

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Mr. Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, Sustainability Senior Manager, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada, shares a case study about McDonald's approach to beef sustainability.

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This discussion is a formal debate by representatives from various sectors on the topics of beef's role in the agri-eco system and beef's place in feeding a growing population [video].

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From the 2016 AgChat Cultivate & Connect Conference, Missy Morgan with Osborn & Barr shares the history and direction of CommonGround as a platform for farmers to connect with consumers over coffee, baseball games, and even the most unconventional of locations about agriculture, food, and families [audio].

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Leah Beyer, Global Digital Communications Director, Elanco, shares stories that highlight how (mis)information may spread on social media and, sometimes, the spread is done by the very people who don't want it to spread.

Leah makes a point with recent events that sometimes it is best to just not say anything on social media in order to keep an issue from amplifying.

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This panel called Sunrise Breakfast with Millennial Minds highlights what younger adults (Millennials) are doing to engage people in conversation on food and agriculture. This session also highlights what is on their minds and what they want from other age groups [video].

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Jay Hill, as a Millennial (between 21 and 38 years old), offers funny stories on how he started in agriculture and how he just works through problems to create great opportunities for a community of people [video].

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The AgChat Foundation ( http://agchat.org/) is looking for four non-agriculture majors students or recent graduates to participate on a food panel April 1 between 11am & 2pm at the 2017 Collegiate Congress, being held at Monsanto ( Olive Blvd & Lindbergh Blvd campus, map link: http://agtoday.us/2lQx1hp ).

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This is a look back on the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) as it passes through its second year. In the next several months, Dr. Paul Sundberg, SHIC's Executive Director, will be sharing updates to producers and looking for feedback on how the center is working.

Below is a timeline of several key SHIC related presentations to help understand the background and the direction SHIC is currently taking.