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July 10, 2014

From the 2014 National eXtension Conference in Sacramento, California, Amy Hays is a Texas AgriLife Extension Service emerging technologies specialist, who uses Instagram to spark conversations and inform farmers and ranchers.

Amy Hays - Instagram For InstaProgrammingInstagram Story Telling Amy Hays points out that Instagram is more than just a social picture sharing tool. From the 2014 National eXtension Conference March 24 - 28, 2014, Sacramento, California, USA.

May 28, 2014

What are the connections between the environment and cows?

How Beef & Dairy Will Deal with the Precautionary Principle? - Frank M. Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of California Davis, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled 'The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive', March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.

April 14, 2014

Does California faces serious funding gaps in water management?, says Ellen Hanak, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). She describes issues, obstacles, and potential solutions in the first of four videos from the PPIC event Paying for Water in California.

Overview of the PPIC Water Finance Study - Ellen Hanak, from the Public Policy Institute of California Presentations & discussion held April 10, 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA.

California faces serious funding gaps in five key areas of water management, says Ellen Hanak, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). She describes issues, obstacles, and potential solutions in the first of four videos from the PPIC event Paying for Water in California.

More info at http://agtoday.us/ppic-pay4water-info-page

April 14, 2014

Is there a role of the state government in managing water?

Beyond Bonds: How Else Can the State Help Fill the Gap? - Panel. From the Public Policy Institute of California Presentations & discussion held April 10, 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA.

April 14, 2014

Why is California failing in key areas of water management?

Fiscal Orphans: Floods, Small Systems, Stormwater, and Watersheds - Panel. from the Public Policy Institute of California Presentations & discussion held April 10, 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA.

April 14, 2014

What is pushing California water agencies to be more transparent to consumers?

Time to Talk Constitutional Reforms for Water Finance? - Panel. From the Public Policy Institute of California Presentations & discussion held April 10, 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA.

November 19, 2013

Data is more available now than ever yet being able to sort through it all for decision making is difficult.

In many sectors of agriculture and food there are bits and pieces of data that are being pulled together. Some of these data sources are o help people better understand how water is used (Making Water Understandable in California ) or helping consumers discover who is involved in creating products in the grocery (Only 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy ).

September 6, 2013

California farmers use 50,000 to 75,000 tons of plastic per year. Americans do less recycling and ship plastic trash to China. China wants better quality plastic and has setup a Green Fence policy. This will force the USA to upgrade facilities to handle plastic better so China will buy it.

What does happen to the plastic bottles and raspberry containers you put out by the curb every Thursday? Interestingly, they are sent to Chinese recycling facilities. China is now only accepting high-value plastic, and California’s farmers are grappling with what to do with the 50,000 to 75,000 tons of plastic they use each year.

May 28, 2013

What are the animal welfare challenges veterinarians face when it comes to horses?

Equine Welfare, Where Fact and Emotion CollideEquine Welfare, Where Fact and Emotion Collide Dr. Thomas Lenz, DVM, Senior Director, Equine Technical Services, leads with quote:

"Animal welfare is fast becoming the major challenge of the veterinary profession for this century." said by Dr. Bernie Osborn, Dean Emeritus of the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarians, farmers, and ranchers have less credibility with consumers than HSUS about information on the farm. Dr. Lenz lays out what animal welfare is and is not and how the term is applied to horses. What is one to do? Dr. Lenz suggested that welfare challenges are an opportunity to find common ground but to also keep in mind that emotion & misinformation will often override science & fact.

Equine Welfare, Where Fact and Emotion Collide - Dr. Thomas Lenz, DVM, Senior Director, Equine Technical Services, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

More presentations at http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/conference/2013-niaa-merging-values-...



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Audio: Equine Welfare, Where Fact and Emotion Collide.

May 14, 2013

What is the value of veterinary diagnostic laboratories?

The Role of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Supporting Animal Health and the Food Safety System - Dr. Hailu Kinde, Professor, California Animal Health and Food Safety, Laboratory System, San Bernardino Branch School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

May 14, 2013

What is genomics and how does it play a part in food safety?

The 100K Genome Project and Food Safety - Dr. Bart Weimer, Professor – School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Bart Weimer, Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, provides information on how genomics plays a part in food safety. Dr. Weimer shares details of the science used and the processes to get the information in the right hands.

February 19, 2013

How can farmers and ranchers expand their ring of connectedness to people not in agriculture?

Ray Prock and Jeff Fowle, both California farmers and ranchers, provide a perspective on the evolution of digital and social media in agriculture and the need to connect with people not familiar with farming and how food is raised.

"I think we've reached the time where the ability to create an app for some online feature that is useful to people outside of agriculture is going to be the next focus" says Jeff Fowle

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October 11, 2012

How can eXtension help communities and bring their expertise to other countries' agriculture focused organizations?

Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, shares insights on how extension will continue play a part in communities and the world.

May 3, 2012

Approximately two-thirds of countries world wide have foot and mouth disease (FMD). If the U.S. were to have an FMD outbreak it would have a serious financial impact on the milk industry. Dr. Pam Hullinger provides a summary and highlights some of the issues of being prepared for FMD, why it is important, and the current focus of the Secure Milk Supply project.

Foot and Mouth Disease Continuity of Business Planning: Current Focus and Progress to Date - Dr. Pam Hullinger, University of California, Davis Department of Veterinary Medicine & Epidemiology, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

April 15, 2012

Dr. Flynn suggests there are not a lot of resources for equine event managers to understand bio-security, what to do, and how to educate equine event participants.

Biosecurity Toolkit for Equine Events - Dr. Katie Flynn, Equine Staff Veterinarian, California Department of Food & Agriculture Animal Health Branch, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

January 16, 2012

Do you believe cars or cows put out more pollutants?

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Agricultural Air Quality Center Director, University of California, Davis, shares how the public has been lead to believe cows pollute more than people and cars. This conclusion, published by the California Environmental Protection Agency, was arrived at by using data from the 1930's and by implying causation when evidence says otherwise. From the 2011 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, May 5-6, Arlington, VA, USA.