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January 9, 2015

Many people met on the trade missions don't trust the US Government, and some don't even trust their own government. But they do listen to and believe the producers who are on the mission trips.

Dean Black, as a member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Board, shares his experiences on several trade missions to Japan and China. He mentioned that many people they meet on the trade missions don't trust the US Government, and some don't even trust their own government. But they do listen to and believe the producers who are on the mission trips.

Beef Trade Missions - Dean Black, Somers Iowa, from the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, December 8 - 10, 2014, Des Moines IA, USA

January 9, 2015

Why is beef sustainable important today and what factors contribute to "sustainability"?

Dr. Sara Place, Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems, Oklahoma State University, presents as to why beef sustainable is important today and what factors contribute to "sustainability".

Dr. Place offers perspectives on the various aspects of sustainability and what people believe about them. Her take away is that all stakeholders have very different ways of looking at a problem and there is a need to understand them to work toward supporting sustainability solutions.

January 9, 2015

What are the economics of the fed cattle markets and the issues with thinning cash trade?

Dr. Stephen Koontz, Colorado State University, talks about the economics of the fed cattle markets and the issues with thinning cash trade. Dr. Koontz's key take aways: "Free markets are not free": markets require and consume resources and are expensive.

Dr. Koontz suggested that producers need to make market function & survival the result of an industry-level decision & not something that "just happens".

January 9, 2015

Environmental Defense Fund is one group that listens and works in a practical aspect to achieve beef sustainability.

Maggie Monast, Environmental Defense Fund, introduces the EDF as one group that listens and works in a practical aspect to achieve beef sustainability. Ms. Monast shares some of the EDF initiatives that focuses on sustainable sourcing and the supply chain structure to meet the needs of people, prosperity, and the planet.

How is the EDF working with the beef industry? By working directly with the whole supply chain and supporting the activity with data & information.

January 9, 2015

How is McDonald's creating a path to sustainable beef?

Susan Forsell, V.P. Sustainability at McDonald's Corporation, talks about McDonald's journey to sustainable beef. Ms. Forsell outlines their sustainability framework and the collaboration efforts from everyone in the value chain. Ms. Forsell shares how their sustainability pilot program in Canada is working and what their next steps will be in the rest of the world.

McDonald's and Beef Sustainability - Susan Forsell, V.P. Sustainability at McDonald's Corporation, from the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, December 8 - 10, 2014, Des Moines IA, USA

January 7, 2015

Companion animals use antimicrobials and can be impacted by resistance. Dr. Bender suggests that clinicians need to be aware and encourage good antimicrobial stewardship practices.

Dr. Jeff Bender, Chair for the AVMA Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in companion Animal Practice, provides an overview of antimicrobial resistance in companion animals and what kinds of stewardship approaches are being implemented. Dr. Bender suggests that clinicians need to be aware and encourage good antimicrobial stewardship practices.

January 7, 2015

“We are all connected by the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.” says Dr. Tom Friedan, CDC Director. Dr. Chiller emphasizes that antimicrobial resistance is a global problem and needs global solutions.

Dr. Tom Chiller, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opens his presentation with a quote from Dr. Tom Friedan, CDC Director, that brings focus to antimicrobial resistance: “We are all connected by the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.” Dr. Chiller emphasizes that antimicrobial resistance is a global problem and needs global solutions. These solutions need continual communication, consistent monitoring and reporting, and response teams to take action.

January 7, 2015

What is the US FDA's strategy on the use of important antibiotics in food producing animals? Dr. Flynn mentions that all uses of antibiotics are contributing to resistance issues and that any conversation and solution set must take this wide use into consideration.

Dr. William Flynn, Deputy Director for Science Policy, Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine, provides an update on the US FDA's strategy on the use of important antibiotics in food producing animals and its effect on FDA Guidance #213. Dr. Flynn mentions that all uses of antibiotics are contributing to resistance issues and that any conversation and solution set must take this wide use into consideration. Collaborative approaches are going be much more effective if everyone is at the table and working in the same direction.

January 7, 2015

Consumers pay attention when they hear "antibiotic resistance". Images of killer bacteria and the real possibility that medicines will stop working are on their mind. What are some of the policy and science conversations occurring across the world on antibiotic use?

Consumers are concerned about antibiotic resistance and are demanding action from farmers and ranchers. Physicians worry that antibiotic over use in human health will also be impacted. To help understand the issues, researchers and experts from all aspects of human and animal health came together to continue the dialog and make plans for change around the use of antibiotics.

December 30, 2014

How much water do you believe you use in a day? Do you know how much you actually use?

Dr. Shahzeen Attari - Perceptions of Water UseWhat Do You Believe About Water? Dr. Shahzeen Attari, Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs, shares consumer and market research on what people believe about water usage in everyday settings and the impacts those beliefs have on setting water policy and practice. This presentation is from the 2014 conference on Defining Indiana's Water Needs: Research & Solutions [agenda], held December 12, 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

December 2, 2014

Genetic engineering is not a technology that is going to replace standard breeding methods. Rather, it will add access to genetic variation, increasing the pool of genetic diversity that can be worked with.

Transgenic, or genetic engineering, of animals continues to evolve. Genetic engineering is not a technology that is going to replace standard breeding methods. Rather, it will add access to genetic variation, increasing the pool of genetic diversity that can be worked with.

October 17, 2014

Today people running farms must be out their sharing what happens and stay connected with consumers. Dr. Lusk suggests getting in the game to tell how farms run, explain the trade offs of being an agriculture business, and give consumers control.

Politics of Food Dr. Jayson Lusk, Professor of Agriculture Economics at Oklahoma State University, provided an economist's view on food. He shared his thoughts on the future of food and the path it is taking. It used to be true that what happened on the farm stayed on the farm.

September 7, 2014

What does a logger have to say about how farmers & ranchers approach to connecting with consumers, legislators, and larger public?

Bruce Vincent – Listening Is A Great Way To Improve Your Food/Farm ConversationsBe Active, Get Out & Connect Bruce Vincent, 3rd generation logger from Montana, says it is key to listen and then act when talking with the public about farming, ranching, and the environment.

June 9, 2014

Is the U.S. really ready for outbreaks like porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv)?

PEDV - Next Steps - Dr. Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council, provides a policy and political point of view on the resources needed for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) research, management, and eradication. Dr. Wagstrom details the dollars being requested from the US Congress to support the USDA, National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) & Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

June 3, 2014

Do you know what sustainability means, in terms of action?

Defining Environmental SustainabilityDefining Environmental Sustainability - Panel: Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health; Dr. Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund; Aidan Connolly, Vice President of Corporate Accounts for Alltech; Dr.

June 3, 2014

Do people buy what they say they will buy? Are there clues to what millennial's want through what they actually purchase?

What Millennials Want vs. What They BuyWhat Millennials Want vs.

June 3, 2014

Is the consumer conversation about antibiotics: good or bad? Or is it really about what consumers want in the taste and what is good for them?

Whats the Antibiotics EndgameWhat’s the Antibiotics Endgame - Panel: Joe Forsthoffer, Director of Corporate Communications for Perdue Farms, Inc.; Dan Kish, Head Chef and VP of Food for Panera Bread Company; John Stika, President of Certified Angus Beef, from the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholder Summit Titled Cracking the Millennial Code Stakeholder Summit, May 8 - 9, 2014, Crystal City, VA,

June 2, 2014

Is there such a thing as Big Ag and what does that really mean? This panel and its Q&A challenges the notion of labels use about agriculture.

Does Big = Bad?Does Big = Bad?

June 2, 2014

Are you trying to connect with the US Congress but can't seem to make heads or tails of the Institution? Congressional staffers are who you need to be connecting with.

It’s Not What You Know: Millennial Staffers on the HillIt’s Not What You Know: Millennial Staffers on the Hill - Panel: Joe Williamson, Legislative Director for Congressman Cory Gardner, CO; Alexandria Igleheart, Legislative Assistant for Congressman Mac Thornberry, TX; Grant Colvin, Policy Analyst for the Senate Committee on Agriculture; Moderated by Chandler Keys, Pres

April 25, 2014

Dr. David Edwards says the public is focused on the imagined (negative) possibilities that will potentially kill any innovation.

Animal Biotechnology: Innovation Stifled by Inaction - David Edwards, PhD Director, Biotechnology Industry Organization, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled 'The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive', March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.

April 25, 2014

What is the potential pathways for exotic viral pathogens to come into the USA? And what would happen if one did?

Pathways Analysis Project - Lisa Ferguson, DVM, National Director, Policy Permitting and Regulatory Services, APHIS, VS, National Import Export Services, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled 'The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive', March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.

April 25, 2014

Dr. Mark Walton challenges the audience to fight against the prejudicious that exist against modern livestock production practices that masquerade as caution, or, says Dr. Walton, be forced to use production practices used by our grandfathers.

The Precautionary Principle - Turning Prejudice into Policy - Mark Walton, PhD, Chief Marketing Officer, Recombinetics, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled 'The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive', March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.

Dr. Mark Walton, Chief Marketing Officer, Recombinetics, challenges the audience to fight against the prejudicious that exist against modern livestock production practices that masquerade as caution, or, says Dr. Walton, be forced to use production practices used by our grandfathers.

April 25, 2014

What will happen when 3 billion people come to dinner in the next 40 years? Are we changing our collective approach to sustaining those new mouths to feed?

Science-Based Metrics for Sustainable Outcomes in Agriculture - Marty D. Matlock, PhD, PE, BCEE, Executive Director, Office for Sustainability, Area Director, Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled 'The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive', March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.

April 25, 2014

Dr. Stotish reiterates "The problem with the Precautionary Principle is not that it leads in the wrong direction, but that – if taken for all it is worth – it leads in no direction at all."

When Precaution Becomes Paralysis - Ronald L. Stotish, PhD President and Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty Technologies, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled 'The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive', March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.