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AnimalAgSummit2015

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James Keesling, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), presents information on the approach law enforcement is taking to understand activism an extremism in the context of animal rights and animal welfare. Mr. Keesling shares the FBI's view on pathways and precursors to violence and focus on trends and emerging threats.

Gary Cooper, COO, Cooper Farms, tells about the journey his family farm is taking to have an open barn for people including consumers and media. Mr. Cooper shares the story of how they brought in Temple Grandin to help improve turkey flow to meet consumer expectations of animal care.

Mr. Cooper's take aways: Bring animal care to top of mind and provide visual standard work instructions for all employees.

The future of agriculture is the future of food. They are tied together. What are people doing about it?
2015 The Journey to Extraordinary
Animal Agriculture Alliance

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Dr. Helen Wojcinski, DVM DVSc ACPV, Science & Sustainability Manager, Hybrid Turkeys, shoes what happens when you get thrust into the media light based on undercover videos.

Dr. Wojcinski's timeline is a great case study in how media can work against you and what preparations people in agriculture need to accomplish. Key take away: Obtain training before a real media event occurs. Even if it is for a little bit, that preparation can save you and your livelihood.

Leah Lentini provides background on how she came to Fair Oaks Farms and what impacts they have made with hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Ms. Lentini shares the culture and philosophy of Fair Oaks Farm in action within the barns, stores, and restaurants.

Ms. Lentini also provides an update on the new things happening at Fair Oaks Farms and the future of connecting with consumers.

Brad Scott, Partner, Scott Brothers Dairy Farms, shares the story of how the reality TV show Under Cover Boss helped changed perceptions about agriculture. Mr. Scott highlights the background on how the Scott Brothers Dairy Farms were part of the reality TV show, what they had to do to pull off telling the real story, and what the future looks like after the show aired.

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David Wescott, Wescott Strategic Communications LLC, talks about getting to know you customer a little bit better. Through a project called "Radical Transparency", one dozen on line moms, who were not in agriculture, were invited to visit farms and participate in the nitty gritty of pork production.

Mr. Wescott shares how the project developed and what happened over the course of the Farm to Pork visits.

What is happening with food consumer demand, beliefs, and reality? Cameron Bruett, Head, Corporate Affairs, JBS USA & Pilgrims and President of the Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, provides a reality check for meat producers and what media concerns are influencing consumers. Mr. Bruett's take away: Keep focused on what you are really trying to accomplish.

Alan Weber, Economist and Founding Partner, MARC-IV, states biodiesel demand for animal fats generates an additional revenue stream for the livestock industry. So the biodiesel and livestock sectors are tied together in the future success. Mr. Weber shares the connection points and the economics for both groups.

Mr. Weber closes with thoughts on the need to maintain the stakeholder connections for their success into the future.