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March 10, 2015

More focus on water is occurring at the consumer level, driving action at the policy and commercial use level. What are some resources to learn more?

Water ResourcesWater Resources More focus on water is occurring at the consumer level, driving action at the policy and commercial use level. Below are several stories and resources to help the conversations toward developing water solutions for everyone.

January 4, 2015

Why studying the genetics of Maize can help one understand food and people's perceptions of biotechnology.

Anastasia Bodnar - Who is Frank N. Foode and what is the future of genetically modified organisms, science, and society?Thoughts on Science, Food, & Future This is a conversation with Anastasia Bodnar and John Blue, setup when John contributed money to the Bring Frank N. Foode™ to Life campaign. In this chat Anastasia shares a bit about Frank N. Foode, the friendly plush corn doll; genetically modified organisms; science; society; and future. 

December 4, 2014

What are some trends in understanding antibiotic resistance and what actions are being taken?

Antibiotic Resistance Is ComplexUnderstanding Antibiotic Resistance Is Complex In September 2014 the Executive Office of the President President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology release a report titled Report To The President On Combating Antibiotic Resistance which put pressure on medical, veterinarian, food, and agriculture professionals to take action.

May 21, 2014

What are some tools to help keep abreast of the agriculture data and media?

Mapping AgSorting Through Agriculture Data Agriculture is all about data. Much of the activity to plan the season for crops and livestock requires some amount of data. These tools are a small set of open source or free tools to help scan and organize around agriculture.

March 24, 2014

What are some of the issues about water and its future?

water resourcesUnderstanding the Water Flow Water is clearly critical to life. But water is a very regional resource. Some areas have plenty of water and there is no concern. Other areas have no water but their neighbors do. Below are some resources to better understand the issues and solutions.

November 19, 2013

What is available to help understand food and agriculture on a global or regional scale?

IMAGETITLEUnderstanding Data There are more data sources available to more people than ever in the history of the world. The Internet is a great tool for discovering and researching resources. Below are a few resource. One, the The Data Journalism Handbook, is more about learning about approaches to discovering and using information obtained from various sources. It also is a great resource on tools and techniques.

October 22, 2013

Swine influenza has lots of attention from media and consumers. What are the resources to help understand what it is and what it is not?

Swine Influenza Information and ResourcesWhat is Swine Influenza? The media picks up on disease outbreaks because this type of news creates audience attention, if just for a little bit. However, when the adrenaline subsides, what are the information sources to learn more about Swine Influenza?

June 6, 2013

What About Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV)?

What About Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV)?PEDV Resources to Help Stay Informed PEDV is an issue on swine farms and information is needed to help make decisions.

May 5, 2013

What came out the social media conversations from the 2013 Animal Agriculture Alliance conference?

2013 Animal Agriculture Alliance conference2013 Animal Agriculture Alliance Links The social conversation from the conference provided a range of insight in to animal agriculture. Pro-agriculture groups used Twitter and other channels to highlight news and information resources. Also, the session videos were streamed live with archives available (sessions 1,2,3 and 4). While many activists against agriculture were not allowed in the conference they were able to leverage social media channels to share their views.

February 12, 2013

What are the directions of weather and climate predictions?

Weather Tracking and AnalysisWeather Whisperers Weather history goes back thousands of years. Data from tree rings, fishing fleets, and written records can be pulled together to help understand weather historically. Combine that with powerful technology and smart people results in tools to help people understand the weather and what impacts will occur.

January 22, 2013

What is animal welfare? What does it mean? These resources can help explain and help educate people, both on farm operations and for consumers.

ag companiesAnimal Welfare Means What? Consumers are looking for information about how agriculture animals are treated and cared for. This resource page provides information on several industry standards plus some opinion on the concerns of consumers from Temple Grandin.

January 8, 2013

Weather is of interest to everyone and for everyone there is a weather app to suit their need.

Weather AppsWeather Apps This is a sample of smart phone weather applications. This is one application area where there are many variations on the weather theme. Apple has a dedicated weather application page and the Android Market Place offers a similar set of applications.

January 1, 2013

How do agriculture companies evolve? These charts from AgriMarketing magazine offer a great perspective.

ag companiesHow do companies evolve? AgriMarketing Magazine published these charts to help provide perspective on ag history.

December 21, 2012

How are the Great Lakes being impacted and what are some tools to better understand the issues?

These are a series of resource links to better understand the environmental and ecological issues affecting the Great Lakes.

December 9, 2012

How do you find out what food products are being recalled? How can you learn more about safe food preparation?

While no one wants to get sick from eating food, there are times when this will occur. These resources can help learn more about safely preparing food, what foods are being recalled, and what some of the issues are within the food safety industry.

November 13, 2012

Urban Ag is a growing industry. What are some of the tools to review?

Urban AgricultureUrban Agriculture is a phenomenon consumers are starting to connect with. What are some of the issues and resources? These links can help.

September 6, 2012

Drought severity in various regions have made understanding grain quality paramount when looking at animal feed. Are you prepared?

What Do You Know About Aflatoxin?Being able to identify the possibility of aflatoxin is critical when it comes to grain being used for food and feed. This resource page is a starting point to staying on top of the issues and training your production staff.
Aspergillus ear rot. Photo credit: Iowa State University

August 16, 2012

In Ag Media there are so many things to do and few resources. How do you know when to adopt one tool and stop using others?

All These Tools: What Next? - John Blue, Truffle Media Networks, 2012 Ag Media Summit, Albuquerque, NM, USA, August 6, 2012.

With limited resources for ag journalists, what are some of the activities needed to uncover and utilize social media/digital tools into the editorial process? Here are five key steps: identify, learn, triage, implement, and review.

This presentation offers resources to better understand the ag media ecosystem and to help stay informed about technology, media, and journalism.

May 23, 2012

How do you find crop insurance providers and and figure out the process? These resource links will offer assistance.

Crop insuranceGrowing food is a risky business because there are many random things outside of the farm manager's control, weather being top of the list. Crop insurance offers farmers and ranchers the tools to help reduce the sting of losses without going seriously bankrupt.

May 15, 2012

The design and development of the USA Farm Bill 2012 has been going for several years. What is needed to get from here to there? Will agricultural subsidy policy and implementation be changed? How will farm subsidies change? Will the US presidential election delay the Farm Bill?

Getting To A Farm BIll 2012The 2012 Farm Bill is a complicated piece of legislation, with so many people in volved and changes occurring that is it difficult to keep up. Use these resources to help your research into understanding the issues.

March 26, 2012

What are puts and calls? Where do I get commodity market data? This resource page offers some suggested web pages to help figure out agriculture economics.

agriculture economics 101 Markets exist to help smooth the flow of information and make the future more predictable. Or so say some of the theories. But it takes a Ph.D. sometimes to figure out what is going on when corn goes above $8 and you are sitting on several thousand bushels. Do you sell? Or do you wait?

March 19, 2012

What are your water needs in the next several months and will you be able to have it when you need it?

Drought Monitoring in the USA The Drought Monitor website offers snap shot views of drought trends plus future predictions in short term and long term forecasts.

March 16, 2012

Would you eat pink slime? How about letting your kids eat pink slime?

Drought Monitoring in the USA The term Pink Slime is a label applied to what is called by the food industry as lean finely textured beef. What is lean finely textured beef? What is Pink Slim? Below are some selected resource links to help inform.

February 10, 2012

Food and fuel discussions have been heated in the past. Before jumping in, get some info!

These resources are to help provide insight and perspective on on corn, fuel, and food. They are not comprehensive nor are they free of bias. But they are helpful in the start of understanding the issues.