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January 8, 2015

What will happen at the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention and why should I attend?

Ed Greiman - Discussing the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry ConventionWhat Should Beef Producers Expect? Ed Greiman, Iowa Cattlemen's Association President, outlines what will be available to attendees of the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention. The beef markets are in a good position with $1.70 plus cattle, but production people need to be prepared. The sessions offer information on economics, estate planning, and global marketing. The conference also offers an opportunity to hear what consumers want and what policy changes are expected.

January 8, 2015

Iowa Cattlemen’s Association aims to create a series to help producers be successful in an ever changing world.

Matt Deppe, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association CEO, welcomes everyone to the event, also known as the Cattlemen's College. Matt shares how the sessions were developed by utilizing the questions asked by producers; Iowa Cattlemen’s Association aims to create a series to help producers be successful in an ever changing world.

Welcome Address - 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention - Matt Deppe, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association CEO, from the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, December 8 - 10, 2014, Des Moines IA, USA

January 8, 2015

Panelists offer their perspectives on approaching designing buildings for cattle and handling the issues of space, manure, financing, and regulations.

In a panel discussion format, the topic of cattle building is the focus. Moderated by Brian Waddingham, Executive Director, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, panelists include: Peter Westra, Hull Coop; Jim Knuth, Farm Credit Services of America; Alan Friederichsen, Iowa Producers. Each of the panelists offer their perspectives on approaching designing buildings for cattle and handling the issues of space, manure, financing, and regulations.

January 8, 2015

What do you do with the "gifts" that Mother Nature frequently gives and what do you do to work through them?

Wade Dooley, Albion IA, shares his family's practical experience of working a 1,200+ acre crop and cattle operation in the vicinity of the Iowa river. Mr. Dooley talks about their grazing and crop rotation tactics, highlighting the "gifts" that Mother Nature frequently gives and what they do to work through them.

One of his key stories is turning a flooded corn field into an oat and turnip field and being able to feed 80 cattle for three weeks on 65 acres on that field. Wade says with cover crops, timing is everything.

July 9, 2014

What is "polar vortex" and how does that affect agriculture? Dr. Taylor helps explain the weather terms and their impacts to agriculture.

Weather Outlook 2014 - Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, explains how the term "polar vortex" has entered the popular lexicon. Dr. Taylor helps explain the term, what they are, and how they impact agriculture.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2014-world-pork-expo

June 10, 2014

Ever wonder what college students think about their food and what is offered in their dorms?

Students from The George Washington University provide a true Millennial view of food, economics, environment, and sustainability. Each of the students has a connection to food systems and connecting to people producing food. Their opinions and insights offer ideas on what others should tackle or take on when developing products or services.

Below is a transcript from the audio of the panel conversation - College Cafeteria Confidential: Millennials in the Lunch Line [audio].

College Cafeteria Confidential: Millennials in the Lunch Line - Panel:

  • Jesse Schaffer, Senior, The George Washington University;
  • Miles Milliken, Senior, The George Washington University;
  • Eric Estroff, Sophomore, The George Washington University;
  • Jennifer Weinberg, Freshman, The George Washington University;
  • Moderated by Rob Morasco, Senior Director of Offer Development, Sodexo USA.

From the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholder Summit Titled Cracking the Millennial Code Stakeholder Summit, May 8 - 9, 2014, Crystal City, VA, USA.

More presentations at http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/conference/2014-cracking-the-millenn...


February 13, 2014

What is the state of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv)?

Heightened interest in animal health, specifically Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) continues to dominate seminar sessions at this winter's swine conferences. Dr. Butch Baker and Dr.

February 13, 2014

What are the the key drivers of pork producer profits?

Managing the Margin: Economic Outlook - Dr. Lee Schulz, Extension Livestock Economist, Iowa State University, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Lee Schulz, Extension Livestock Economist, Iowa State University, talk about the key drivers of pork producer profits in 2014. Some of the uncertainties that have been introduced are swine diseases (PEDV), how consumer demand will change, and input costs.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2014-iowa-pork-congress

February 13, 2014

Hyperbole occurs all around, from those in agriculture, activists, and consumer groups.

Food Safety & Antibiotics: Perceptions vs. Reality - Dr. Richard Raymond, Former Undersecretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA.

February 13, 2014

Is Congress Dysfunctional? And what does that mean for 2014/2015 legislation plus the mid term elections?

Washington Update: Will Dysfunctional Washington Ever Function - Jim Wiesemeyer, Informa Economics, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA.

October 9, 2013

How do you deal with feeding sick pigs?

The impact of PRRSV on feed efficiency, digestibility and tissue accretion in grow-finisher pigs - Dr. Nick Gabler, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University, from the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 14-17, 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

In this National Pork Board research, grow-finisher pigs are looked at to better understand how to feed sick pigs. The aim of the research was look at how immune challenges alter feed intake and digestibility and if sick pigs have altered nutrient requirements.

September 10, 2013

What PEDV research is being done and what actionable information is being developed?

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Update - Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, from the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, August 16-18, 2013, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.

Dr. Darin Madson tackles explaining the science side of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), with the aim of helping managers and staff understand what is being done to detect, isolate, and understand the virus so as to help contain and stop the virus' spread. Dr. Madson also shares what research is being done and what actionable information is being developed.

September 10, 2013

The rotavirus is everywhere and almost all farms will test positive, and is a major cause of diarrhea. What can be done to help diagnosis?

Rotavirus Update: Pathogen, Diagnostics, Immunity and Prevention - Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, from the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, August 16-18, 2013, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.

Dr. Darin Madson provides an update on rotavirus: the pathogen; diagnostics; immunity and prevention. The rotavirus is everywhere and almost all farms will test positive, and is a major cause of diarrhea.

June 26, 2013

The difference between risk and uncertainty is that risk has numbers. Yes, we can manage anything with numbers. No numbers means it is uncertain and thus not manageable.

What The Weather Holds - Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, from the 2013 World Pork Expo, June 5 - 7, 2013, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, shares his view on what the weather will hold. The weather affects everyone, if they produce grain or are buying grain. These past years the weather has been widely varied: Snow a foot deep on one day to 101F° two days later is an example.

June 19, 2013

What would happen if there were a foreign animal disease outbreak in the US?

Secure Pork Supply - Dr. James Roth, Iowa State University, from the 2013 World Pork Expo, June 5 - 7, 2013, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. James Roth, Iowa State University, presents details on Secure Pork Supply plans and what would happen if there were a foreign animal disease outbreak. Dr. Roth details the economic factors in play plus strategies the Secure Pork Supply plan would activate if an outbreak occurred.

Key goals of the plan are to address questions from the public, animal transport, infected animal disposition, and economic considerations for packers.

April 15, 2013

What are the nuances of swine PCV2 infections?

From Uterus to Fetus: PCV2 unstable sow herds - Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, from the 2013 AASV BI Pre-Conference Seminar, San Diego, CA USA.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2013-boehringer-ingelheim-aasv-vertical-transmi...

March 5, 2013

Can we predict the future with weather, crops, and economics? No, but we can get a sense of direction.

Show Me the Money: Economic Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyer, President of Paragon Economics, from the 2013 Iowa Pork Congress, January 23-24, Des Moines, IA, USA.

January 7, 2013

Winter months for the many in agriculture are a time catchup on training and meet up with friends and colleagues. The pork industry is no exception. Coming up in January are several key events.

The Minnesota Pork Congress and the Iowa Pork Congress are in a few weeks. Both events offer an opportunity to meet up with friends and colleagues, learn about what the economics of 2013 might look like, and to learn some new information to help improve your farm operations.

July 25, 2012

Highlights of the report titled Future Patterns of U.S. Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding.

Dr. Bob Wisner, Iowa State University, and Joel Newman, President and CEO of American Feed Industry Association, provide some highlights of the report titled Future Patterns of U.S. Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding.

This summary was the topic of a presentation held in Phoenix, Arizona, July 17, 2012 at the Federation of Animal Science Societies meeting. The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) provided a grant on behalf of the American Feed Industry Association to the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) in order to conduct a review on future patterns in the feed industry.

Future Patterns of U.S. Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding [PDF]

July 12, 2012

What is the economic impact of swine respiratory diseases? Dr. John Waddell, Professional Services Veterinarian, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., shares information on the economic outcomes of the diseases, and a 5 step process to discover, understand, and take action on handling these diseases based upon the farm's management goals.

Economic Impact of Respiratory Diseases on Production Farms - Dr. John Waddell, Professional Services Veterinarian, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., from the 2012 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

July 3, 2012

PRRSv costs US swine industry $664M. With this level of impact on the economics of pork production, much effort has gone into understanding the disease and how best to eliminate the virus. Bob Morrison, D.V.M., University of Minnesota, shares procedures for taking PRRS out of the breeding herd and presents data as to the effectiveness of these procedures.

PRRS regional elimination - procedures for taking PRRS out of the breeding herd - Bob Morrison, D.V.M., University of Minnesota, from the 2012 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

July 3, 2012

If Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) were to appear in the US, what would farmers, ranchers, and business do? This presentation reviews the Secure Pork Supply Plan, who is involved, what needs to be done, and how producers need to develop their biosecurity plans.

Secure Pork Supply Plan - Jim Roth, D.V.M., Ph.D., Iowa State University, from the 2012 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

July 3, 2012

What are some of the economic issues in grains and how are they playing out on the animal agriculture markets and in farm operations? Dr. Meyers doesn't hold back on his assessments of ethanol. His presentation offers details on China's corn import/exports compared to other major corp producing countries.

Economic Grain Situation and Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyers, Paragon Economics, from the 2012 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

June 26, 2012

High temperatures across the USA have been a departure from the 1981 2010 average. The persistent heat from the summer of 2011 had more than 70 days over 100 degrees in some spots across the USA and every state has had temps over 100 degrees. What are the impacts on agriculture going forward? What should we do?

Weather Outlook - Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Climatologist, Ag Meteorologist, Iowa State University, from the 2012 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.