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July 5, 2016

What are the approaches to better consumer awareness and engagement on the topics of food and agriculture?

This Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit event brought together a great mix of people to help connect, educate, and protect agriculture, farming, and food.

May 5, 2016

What are the thoughts of veterinarians?

The 2016 BI AASV Pre-Conference Seminar focused on "Start Healthy, End Strong – Learning from Outside the Pen". Through perspectives from beef, poultry, and aquaculture experts, swine veterinarians discovered many lessons that could be applied to their practices.

March 2, 2016

What are the issues in pork that Iowa producers need to stay focused on?

There were many conversations in Iowa on the freedom to do business and adding equipment plus expertise to improve profits. Attorney Eldon McAfee shared the status on active nuisance cases; there are more in the courtroom this year than in recent memory as producers look for common ground with incoming neighborhoods [video].

August 3, 2015

Water is a critical element to everything. With many players and rules that have built up over the years, understanding and solving the coming water issues will not be easy nor simple.

Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture The 2015 NIAA Annual Conference: Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA, brought out conversations around the issues of water, the perceptions of agriculture by media, and what agriculture groups need to think about in their conversations with consumers, the public, and media.

Of note:

  • Ms. Aubrey Bettencourt, Executive Director with California Water Alliance, passionately shares her views on the trends in the politicization of water in California and the rest of the US. Ms. Bettencourt says we [in agriculture] need to tell consumers and the public at large what we want them to know [about the water crisis]. "We have to speak to it with confidence and show that we know what we are doing" [video].
  • Dr. Jay Famiglietti, Associate Professor at University of California, Irvine and Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shares data and analysis of the issues of water, with a focus on the current water problems in California. Key message: "Take ownership [of water conversations], clearly articulate the issues, and become industry leaders and stewards" [video].

June 8, 2015

How are consumers seeing agriculture? What are people in agriculture doing to make connections?

This Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit event brought together a great mix of people to help connect, educate, and protect agriculture, farming, and food.

May 22, 2015

How does biodiesel with animal fats generate additional revenue for the livestock industry?

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.

May 22, 2015

Why is food so important now?

Back to the Future of FoodBack to the Future of Food Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor, National Geographic Magazine, shares a media person's view of food and agriculture. Why is food now important?

Mr. Dimick shares what has happened over the last few years on how food came to the forefront of media. Mr. Dimick challenges the audience with the idea that consumers need to know more about the issues and what is being done to continue the education and informing of the greater public about food ecosystems.

May 22, 2015

Are there opportunities in agriculture for biodiesel to have a future?

Kaleb Little, Communications Manager, National Biodiesel Board, shares the opportunities agriculture and biodiesel have in the future. Mr. Little highlights why biodiesel is important and what needs to happen to sustain the ecosystem.

Fueling Livestock Profitability - Kaleb Little, Communications Manager, National Biodiesel Board, from the 2015 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit, The Journey to Extraordinary, May 6 - 7, 2015, Kansas City, MO, USA.

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May 22, 2015

What is sustainability and what is it not?

Roger Cady, Global Sustainability Lead, Elanco, shares an opening view of what sustainability is and is not. He believes the idea of sustainability will not go away and must be meet head on. Mr. Cady provides information on what consumers believe and care about.

The challenges? Sustainable practices must be a continuous process whose management must take in the ideas of tradition and change to be effective. Mr. Cady closes with the idea that raising the standard of living for farmers must be measured, whose data is incorporated into the sustainability continuous process.

December 2, 2013

Is the development of ethanol worth the cost? What are some of the beliefs around bio-fuels and what effects on food are there?

AgChat on EthanolEthanol: Good, Bad, or Ugly? The reputation of ethanol production in the USA varies on your belief in bio-fules, subsidies, or oil economics. This AgChat conversation looks at Ethanol from several angles and generates some insight on what people in and out of agriculture believe.

June 6, 2013

How will Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) be handled and what are some of the concerns of barn managers and swine vets?

Conversations at the World Pork Expo on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) drew in many pork producers, animal health professionals, and the supporting pork groups like the National Pork Producers Council, National Pork Board, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and the USDA.

April 27, 2012

Is there a movement for antimicrobial clawback? How about animal welfare warfare?

Is there a movement for antimicrobial clawback? How about animal welfare warfare? How do you track the legislation/regulation environment when on the one hand we're losing access to products that help maintain a safe food supply and healthy animals, and on the other hand we see our ability to manage animal housing being usurped by Washington?

April 2, 2012

What are the effects of agriculture being connected to many things like nutrition, climate, and ecosystems?

Healthy Animals = Healthy Planet - Eric Boles, University of Arkansas, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

March 5, 2012

What happened at the 2012 Commodity Classic? Social media gives a glimpse.

There were ~1,500 tweets with ~400 links (photos, lots of photos!) and many comments on the food, entertainment, and the people. Snapshots of the tweets (March 1, March 2, & March 3) offer a view into what 311 tweeters thought of #Classic12.

March 2, 2012

Carbon foot prints+growing population mean the business of agriculture need new approaches to producing food.

February 29, 2012

What will the world need to support nine billion people? Do we have it and if not, where do we get it?

Johanna Nesseth Tuttle, Center for Strategic & International Studies; VP, Strategic Planning; Director, CSIS Global Food Security Project, presents "Seven Revolutions and the World in 2030" at the Food and Agricultural Communications Symposium.

February 29, 2012

Agriculture crosses many lines, boundaries, and groups of people. Anytime there are such lines there will be issues. People don't all agree and this creates conflict. Before taking on the issues, you have to learn about the issues and people behind them.

Agriculture is how food is grown and produced. This is a global activity and it covers many types of food, regions, and people. With everyone on the planet involved in eating, there are many ideas, thoughts, and concerns expressed about food. These concerns get pushed down to the smaller minority of people who do the work of growing the food. Some of the concerns get translated in the regulations, laws, or general policy by specific governments.

February 10, 2012

Can the use of corn as food co-exist with the idea of corn as fuel?

There is no question that energy consumption continues to increase and the main source of the world's energy is crude oil. Since the early 1970's in the U.S., the nature of using crude oil has been felt, from the Arab oil embargo to the creation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

January 28, 2012

What are the issues and opportunities ethanol plants represent?

Ethanol and Renewable Fuels - Tom Buis, from the 2012 Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers Conference, January 27-28, 2012, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

January 26, 2012

Updates on biosecurity and possible savings on fuel costs.

Back in the 80's, some of Mike Brumm's research at the University of Nebraska indicated room temperatures could be lowered overnight in the nursery without affecting health or efficiency.  Dr. Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota, has picked up that baton and carries it with updated information but similar results.

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.