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December 5, 2018

Gary B. Rodrigue, Blockchain WW Food Safety Leader, IBM, shares what IBM is doing to leverage the ideas behind the blockchain [video] and apply it to creating systems for improving food and animal traceability. Mr. Rodrigue offers insights on the IBM platform on which others can build.

November 15, 2018

Paul Laronde, Tag and Technology Manager, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, highlights how Canada developed a traceability standard [video] to help improve on the trust of the food system. Mr. Laronde shares what the issues were and the actions needed to keep the standard sustainable for future use.

August 15, 2018

One Health, Traceability, and Emerging Technologies Mr. Thomas A. Burke, Food Traceability Scientist, Global Food Traceability Center, Institute of Food Technologists, offers thoughts on emerging technologies in animal and food traceability, in the context of one health. The need to keep ahead of animal diseases and causes is critical. Mr. Burke highlights the background of one health: the interplay between animal health, human health, and the environment.

July 15, 2018

The 2018 NIAA Annual Conference, Livestock Traceability [all presentations] brings together specialists and domain experts in the fields of animal and human health to share conversations and research on specific diseases, species, and operations concerns. This year's focus is on Livestock Traceability.

June 11, 2018

The Animal Agriculture Alliance's Stakeholders Summit [all presentations] brings in new perspectives on the future of consumer preferences and animal agriculture activism.

May 11, 2018

The 2018 Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference [all presentations] brings research and actionable information for midwest crop farming.

February 27, 2018

Mr. Sterling Liddell and Ms. Christine McCracken, Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research, share data and summarize the economics of the protein markets. Mr. Liddell and Ms. McCracken also share detailed information on consumer trends plus highlight some of the risks producers must keep in their eyesight when managing their operations [video].

November 28, 2017

What does it take to bring in influencers to help share the word about food and farming? This panel conversation highlights how the Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Soybean brought together a team to create #FarmFoodTour [video][audio].

November 15, 2017

This conversation between Jennifer Pahlka, founder and Executive Director of Code for America, and Stewart Brand, American writer and founder of the Long Now Foundation, is about a movement to modernize government for a digital age which has now spread from cities to counties to states, and now, most visibly, to the federal government.

October 1, 2017

Mr. Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, Sustainability Senior Manager, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada, shares a case study about McDonald's approach to beef sustainability.

September 10, 2017

This discussion is a formal debate by representatives from various sectors on the topics of beef's role in the agri-eco system and beef's place in feeding a growing population [video].

May 10, 2017

More than Nine Billion to Feed in 2050 - Dr. Douglas Southgate, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, from the 2017 NIAA Annual Conference, U.S. Animal Agriculture's Future Role In World Food Production - Obstacles & Opportunities, April 4 - 6, Columbus, OH, USA.

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May 10, 2017

Growing world food supplies are of concern to people in agriculture and governments as they look to the year 2050 and the expected population of 10 billion people. The 2017 NIAA Annual Conference: U.S.

November 10, 2016

The #Scicomm: Challenge Facing Animal Agriculture - Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Animal Biotechnology and Genomics, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, USA, from the 2016 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 17-20, 2016, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, USA, shares how communication of science is not working between people in agriculture and those outside of agriculture.

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.

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 [conference page], August 16, 2016, hosted by Rensselaer Swine Services and Bethany Swine Health Services, Jasper Country Fairgrounds, IN, USA.

September 29, 2016

Becca Nepple, National Pork Board, and Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University, provide highlights and details on the state of global trade. Two of the questions they address is "Why is the US Pork Market so Sensitive to Exports?" and "How long will the China opportunity last?"

Dr. Hayes closes with two key points: The long run opportunities for US pork are enormous, especially if we continue to implement trade agreements, and over-reliance on China brings enormous risks (South China Sea, Steel, Chicken, DDGS, Self Sufficiency, Trump).

August 19, 2016

There are opportunities for U.S. pork in a global market. Will the TPP be one of those opportunities? Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, points out that global trade is moving with or without the U.S.

Ambassador Vetter shares metrics from the American Farm Bureau that says $5.8 Billion in cash receipts will be lost by just the livestock industry if Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not passed and implemented.

July 5, 2016

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

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

The Immediate Future: What the 2016 Election Could Mean for Animal Agriculture - Tyson Redpath, Senior Vice President, The Russell Group.

July 5, 2016

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

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?