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May 20, 2016

Should the alter of religion be a place of activism on food and agriculture?

Activism at the Altar: Use of Religion in the Animal Rights Debate - Dr. Wes Jamison, Associate Professor of Public Relations, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Dr. Paul Copan, Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Dr. Walter Kaiser, President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

From the 2016 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Securing Animal Agriculture's Future: Action Please, May 5 - 6, 2016, Arlington, VA, USA.

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.

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].

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.

October 1, 2015

The 2015 Carolina Swine Health Seminar focused this year on antibiotics and the new directions via the Veterinary Feed Directive. Also timely is the presentation by Dr. Robert Desrosiers on Emerging Diseases:The Past and Future.

The 2015 Carolina Swine Health Seminar focused this year on antibiotics and the new directions via the Veterinary Feed Directive. Also timely is the presentation by Dr. Robert Desrosiers on Emerging Diseases:The Past and Future.

September 28, 2015

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is being used against agricultural operations. This approach is novel and could severely impact all farm operations that have manure.

Ms. Deb Kristensen, Partner at Givens Pursley, LLP, shares her presentation "When Animal Manure is Regulated like Municipal Dumps", from the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Indianapolis.

Ms. Kristensen points out that new tactics are being developed, using the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) against agricultural operations. This approach is novel and could severely impact all farm operations that have manure.

September 1, 2015

The Pork Academy is a series of presentations held at the World Pork Expo that highlights Pork Checkoff funded research aimed at helping pork farm operations, management, and staff.

Through the Pork Checkoff, research and tools are developed to help understand / manage disease issues like PEDV, provide updates on consumer preferences, and share position conversations around antibiotics. These presentations help management and staff communicate with consumers, and integrate economics into daily farm decision making process.

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].


August 3, 2015

How does the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation view animal rights activists and extremism in the context of protecting America's food supply?

Editor's Note: This presentation has been removed at the request of the presenter.

James Keesling, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), presents information on the approach law enforcement is taking to understand activism an extremism in the context of animal rights and animal welfare. Mr. Keesling shares the FBI's view on pathways and precursors to violence and focus on trends and emerging threats.

July 2, 2015

This year there was less focus on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv, though it is still a concern). More sessions highlighted trade, economics, and sow live time productivity. And of course there was lots of BBQ and tenderloin sandwiches to be had.

Antibiotics, Trade, and Pork Quality The 2015 World Pork Expo (June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA) offered other interests beyond the past several years of PEDv: International Trade and Pork Quality sessions offered inside on how consumer are driving business. Also on the conversation channels: Antibiotics and new changes shared by the U.S. FDA.

Of note:

  • The U.S. FDA released new information on the use of antibiotics and agriculture. Dr. Jennifer Koeman, National Pork Board, and Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association Swine Veterinarians, break down the new changes and their implications. Dr. Koeman and Dr. Snelson also provide producers guidance points on what to do to prepare farms and staff [video].
  • Dr. Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board, points out the definition of Sow Lifetime Productivity and provides data that challenges some of the traditional views of improving Sow Lifetime Productivity. Dr. Hostetler offers research that can help improve productivity. Key take away: Improvement in sow lifetime productivity will substantially impact profitability of all phases of production [video].


June 30, 2015

Creating an open barn policy for everyone takes training and commitment.

Gary Cooper, COO, Cooper Farms, tells about the journey his family farm is taking to have an open barn for people including consumers and media. Mr. Cooper shares the story of how they brought in Temple Grandin to help improve turkey flow to meet consumer expectations of animal care.

Mr. Cooper's take aways: Bring animal care to top of mind and provide visual standard work instructions for all employees.

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 23, 2015

How did the reality TV show Under Cover Boss help chang perceptions about agriculture?

Brad Scott, Partner, Scott Brothers Dairy Farms, shares the story of how the reality TV show Under Cover Boss helped changed perceptions about agriculture. Mr. Scott highlights the background on how the Scott Brothers Dairy Farms were part of the reality TV show, what they had to do to pull off telling the real story, and what the future looks like after the show aired.

May 22, 2015

What are the sustainability trends driving the conversations within Nestlé?

Brian Jones, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Nestlé North America Procurement, talks about sustainability and the trends that are driving the conversations within Nestlé.

Mr. Jones closes with several key points: Nestlé has recognized the need to sharpen it’s focus on sustainability and Nestlé is committed to measuring and reporting its progress.

May 22, 2015

Is Agriculture an appeaser feeding the activist crocodile, hoping it will eat him last?

Brian Klippenstein, Executive Director, Protect the Harvest, works for an organization that is willing to wade into politics and conversations about agriculture and food affordability. Mr. Klippenstein shares some of the tactics and approaches being taken by activists against agriculture.

Mr. Klippenstein closes with a quote from Winston Churchill that sums up some of the activity against agriculture: "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."; Mr. Klippenstein suggests that sometimes we need to directly take on activists.

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

What are the global policies and regulations affecting the US meat businesses?

What are the global policies and regulations affecting US meat businesses? Dr. Travis Arp, Manager of Technical Services, U.S. Meat Export Federation, shares a summary for all the major animal agriculture markets. Dr. Arp points out several issues gaining attention and the assessment of how to address them.

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.

April 24, 2015

FoodTank is a mix of media, event, and personality that is driving food conversations for consumers and providers.

Danielle Nierenberg - The Role of Food in Social JusticeChanging The Food System This short conversation between Danielle Nierenberg, FoodTank, and Frank Sesno, the Ag Issues Forum host and master of ceremonies, highlights some of the thoughts that many people outside of agriculture have about the business of growing and producing food.

Danielle shares how she arrived at co-founding FoodTank as a way to raise the level of awareness about food, nutrition, and the environment within communities of people interested in food. She also talks about how she developed FoodTank as a digital and event based platform to carry the food messages further.

April 24, 2015

Today food conversations are too fragmented and many times contentious. Danielle Nierenberg and FoodTank aim to bring the conversations of food to the forefront through digital channels, live events with large media channels (like the New York Times), and conversations with groups while eating a meal.

Today food conversations are too fragmented and many times contentious. Danielle Nierenberg and FoodTank aim to bring the conversations of food to the forefront through digital channels, live events with large media channels (like the New York Times), and conversations with groups while eating a meal.

April 7, 2015

Pork producers are looking to gain insights on the Checkoff funded programs and the policy activities being pursued.

The Pork Industry Forum, held March 5-7, 2015 in San Antonio, TX, gathered pork producers looking to gain insights on the Checkoff funded programs and the policy activities being pursued.
Of note:

April 7, 2015

Are you sure about the state of preparedness of pork operations for animal diseases?

Dr. Paul Sundberg, Science & Technology, National Pork Board, shares thoughts on the state of preparedness of pork operations for animal diseases, like porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). While the mystery of how PEDv came into the USA is still unknown, discovery of PEDV has created the opportunity to implement and improve communication, coordination, and collaboration. Dr. Sundberg outlines the value of the Swine Health Information Center and the Center's next steps.