SwineCast is at the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit in Arlington, VA. Several of the conversations include speculation on the passage of a Farm Bill in 2012 and highlighted opportunities to reach consumers plus gain insight through your company's internet presence. To put it another way, do you have any idea of the exploding consumer use of search engines and social media? Remember what 'Lean Finely Textured Beef' [audio] did on the internet! It is time to take another look at what you're showing the world from your website.
Also, there is a great update on the Farm Bill discussion with focus on legislation that impacts animal agriculture. Congressional staffers expect possible floor debate on animal welfare concerns following the United Egg Producer - HSUS agreement. And BTW, VP of the NPPC Dr. Howard Hill had an interesting visit to D.C. recently when he joined a panel from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to discuss that agreement. Some good audio this week you may want to share and more on the way.
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Audio: What Livestock Programs Are In The New Farm Bill? - Anne Hazlett, chief counsel to the Senate Ag Committee, and Pete Thomson, senior professional staffer with the House Ag Committee, provide the highlights of the current status of livestock provisions in the Farm Bill [audio].
Audio: Scratching Their Head Over UEP-HSUS Legislation - The United Egg Producers moved to take control of their destiny by negotiating an agreement with the Humane Society of the United States. However, the rest of the livestock industry believes this could open the door for federal legislation and inspection far beyond the original agreement. National Pork Producers Council Vice-President Dr. Howard Hill joined a panel of beef producers to work through the issues and possible outcomes [audio].
Video: USDA Swine Health Program Update - What are some of the swine health programs run under the USDA and how are they doing? Dr. Troy Bigelow provides an update on the programs, where additional surveillance is needed, and what the future looks like. Take away: surveillance activities will continue to evolve and become more comprehensive [video].
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