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January 13, 2017

What is infectious disease surveillance versus monitoring?

Developments in infectious disease surveillance - Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, Vet Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Iowa State University, from the 2016 North American PRRS Symposium, December 3‐4, 2016, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

January 13, 2017

How is big data useful in animal health?

Big data and models: Are they really useful in disease management? - Dr. Jim Lowe, University of Illinois, from the 2016 North American PRRS Symposium, December 3‐4, 2016, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Dr. Jim Lowe, University of Illinois, looks at big data and asks if they are really useful in animal health. Dr. Lowe suggests that animal agriculture is a very complicated and confusing set of systems with variations in many sub-areas, for example biological, mechanical, and human behavior.

January 13, 2017

How has the Swine Health Information Center fared since its beginning?

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.

January 13, 2017

What are the growing issues of antibiotic resistance and food?

Leadership and Responsibility for Antibiotic Stewardship - Kathy Talkington, Project Director, Antimicrobial Resistance, The Pew Charitable Trusts, from the 2016 NIAA Antibiotic Symposium - Working Together For Better Solutions, November 1 - 3, 2016, Herndon, Virginia, USA.

Kathy Talkington, Project Director, Antimicrobial Resistance, The Pew Charitable Trusts, shares data and information with the 2016 NIAA Antibiotic Symposium audience about the growing issues of antibiotic resistance.

December 10, 2016

This annual conference featuring both researchers and practitioners shares actionable data and information to help understand and manage Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

The 2016 North American PRRS conference held December 3‐4, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, offers academia and industry information on research and solutions being developed to tackle PRRS and related swine illnesses.

November 10, 2016

Conversations throughout the Allen D. Leman pre-conference on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Monday and Tuesday conference programs, were centered on moving information from researchers to producers, and vice-versa. It’s one of the reasons this conference has such a widely regarded international presence.

Conversations throughout the Allen D. Leman pre-conference on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Monday and Tuesday conference programs, were centered on moving information from researchers to producers, and vice-versa. It’s one of the reasons this conference has such a widely regarded international presence.

September 29, 2016

Learn more about some of the sessions you missed with SwineCast's coverage of the 2016 Power Of The Past, Force Of The Future Customer Appreciation event, August 16, 2016, hosted by Rensselaer Swine Services and Bethany Swine Health Services, Jasper Country Fairgrounds, IN, USA.

Learn more about some of the sessions you missed with SwineCast's coverage of the 2016 Power Of The Past, Force Of The Future Customer Appreciation event [conference page], August 16, 2016, hosted by Rensselaer Swine Services and Bethany Swine Health Services, Jasper Country Fairgrounds, IN, USA.

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.

July 5, 2016

What is the consumer perspective on the food side of the agriculture equation?

Supply Channel Insights: How Can Animal Agriculture Provide Solutions to Retail Challenges? - David Fikes, Vice President, Communications and Consumer/Community Affairs, Food Marketing Institute; Steve Potts, Campus General Manager, Levy Restaurant Group/Georgia World Congress Center.

July 5, 2016

How does getting your story heard and working with the media to extend its reach actually work?

Getting our Story Heard: Working with Media - Jay Byrne, CEO, V-Fluence.

July 5, 2016

How can companies connect, engage, and encouraging people to reach out around food and agriculture?

Reaching Out: Enlisting Allies - Mia Roberts, Vice President Strategic Operations, American Egg Board; Lou Nave, Executive Director, Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee; Jeff Kayser, Director of Production, Suidae Health and Production Swine Veterinary Clinic

July 5, 2016

What are the key message for food producers when they are connecting with consumers?

Communicating About Food Myths with Consumers in the Social Media Age - Yvette D'Entremont, "The Sci Babe".

Yvette D'Entremont, "The Sci Babe", aims to help people really understand food and what information sources are more helpful than others. Ms. D'Entremont uses current issues like antibiotics in agriculture and food labeling to highlight how information is created and shared out. Key message for food producers: Know the facts, be connected and social, and don't afraid to be funny.

May 20, 2016

What are the conversations on antibiotics and agriculture? What are the consumer concerns and how are farms and ranchers addressing the questions. What about the agriculture pharmaceutical companies and the changes they are taking on?

Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture: Changing the Narrative - Dr. Leah Dorman, Director, Food Integrity and Consumer Engagement, Phibro Animal Health; Dr. Richard Raymond, Food Safety and Public Health Consultant, former Undersecretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Christopher Doering, Reporter, USA Today.

What are the conversations on antibiotics and agriculture? What are the consumer concerns and how are farms and ranchers addressing the questions. What about the agriculture pharmaceutical companies and the changes they are taking on?

May 20, 2016

What Do Consumers Really Want? Jan Johnson, Principal with Millennium Research, Inc. provides some direction.

What Do Consumers Really Want? - Jan Johnson, Principal, Millennium Research, Inc.

What Do Consumers Really Want? Jan Johnson, Principal with Millennium Research, Inc. led a consumer panel focus group in front of the 200 plus attendees to the 2016 Animal Agriculture Alliance Summit.

The panel members did not know who was in the audience and they were not aware of the conference's focus.

The information from that panel is a must listen to for all people in farm operations, agriculture media, marketing, and public relations.

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.

May 5, 2016

Highlights on how the thinking of economics of biosecurity plays out in swine producer decision making.

Dr. Glynn Tonsor, Associate Professor, Kansas State University, highlights how the thinking of economics of biosecurity plays out in swine producer decision making. Key message: lack of knowledge is likely NOT sole reason for partial implementation of recommended biosecurity measures. Many business look at trade-offs and incentives for action.

May 5, 2016

What are the impacts of the Veterinary Feed Directive to the livestock feed businesses?

Mr. Gary Huddleston, Manager, Feed Manufacturing Safety & Environmental Affairs, American Feed Industry Association, helps explain the impacts of the Veterinary Feed Directive to the livestock feed businesses. Mr. Huddleston runs through the details on documentation and processes that must be put in place to be compliant with the regulations. Key message: work with all your service providers and suppliers to insure they are informed and prepared before January 1, 2017.

April 4, 2016

Missouri Pork Expo brought some focus on reaching out to 4-H and FFA swine exhibitors. Session included helping young exhibitors learn about reducing the risks of animal health issues, proper use of medication, and developing awareness on animal welfare programs.

The Missouri Pork Expo brought some focus on reaching out to 4-H and FFA swine exhibitors. Session included helping young exhibitors learn about reducing the risks of animal health issues, proper use of medication, and developing awareness on animal welfare programs.

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].

February 11, 2016

What can the Chief Technology Officer of Monsanto Company share with people about the future of food and agriculture?

Dr. Robert Fraley, Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto - Genetic Science, Food, and PeopleGenetic Science, Food, and People Dr. Robert Fraley, Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto, shares stories of genetic science and its relation to food and consumers. Dr. Fraley points out steps we need to take as an industry, specifically starting with being truly engaged on social media, as that is how the public is getting their information

February 2, 2016

This annual conference featuring both research virologists and practitioners marked the release of the most important industry discovery in recent times.

This annual conference featuring both research virologists and practitioners marked the release of the most important industry discovery in recent times. Dr. Randy Prather (University of Missouri) shared his findings on the genetic key to PRRS resistance [video][slides].

January 5, 2016

What is the focus of various swine health & disease issues, plus how is research helping both veterinarians and farm management / staff?

The 2015 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference was the focus of various swine health & disease issues plus research to help both veterinarians and farm management /staff. Also this year, the Pijoan Lectures continue with Dr. Linda Saif sharing info on coronaviruses and their global threats to humans and animals and Dr. Carol Cardona providing a review of the H5N2 epidemic [fyi link].

All episodes are on SwineCast.com [link]

The complete agenda and informational guide can be found in the online conference program or pre-conference program.


December 1, 2015

Human and animal health experts came together in Atlanta, GA to discuss issues related to antibiotic resistance and to work toward increased antibiotic stewardship, in both human medicine and animal health. Throughout the dialogue, attention was focused on specific areas which can be measured in order to verify the progress made in reducing antimicrobial resistance.

Human and animal health experts came together in Atlanta, GA for the fifth NIAA Antibiotic Symposium to discuss issues related to antibiotic resistance and to work toward increased antibiotic stewardship, in both human medicine and animal health.

November 3, 2015

What happened at the previous four NIAA antibiotics symposiums?

NIAA Antibiotic Symposium Presentation Playlists The 2015 NIAA Antibiotic Symposium is the fifth in a series of antibiotic symposiums. What happened at the previous four symposiums? Here are the links to the play lists for each year since 2011.