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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.
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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.

March 1, 2015

How California handles its water issues will set the tone for the rest of the United States. Where will water flow, who is in charge, what life style changes are needed?

Water in California is past a crisis yet action seem limited. The Public Policy Institute of California brought together several panels to talk about the issues, concerns, possible solutions, and actions that all involved need to consider. Presentations & discussion held April 10, 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA.

More info at http://agtoday.us/ppic-pay4water-info-page

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Introduction by Ellen Hanak with an Overview of the PPIC Water Finance Study

February 4, 2015

Is the race to commit to sustainability outpacing the processes and tools in place?

Dawn Robinson, Regional Director, Latin America, Proforest, talks about the context, drivers, and trends of sustainability. Ms. Robinson highlights some of the standards and tools that are available to help support sustainability efforts.

She closes with some of the challenges, including audit fatigue / duplication, exclusion of smallholders, and the race to commit maybe outpacing the processes and tools in place.

February 4, 2015

The "S" word is over used and, from a farmer perspective, the word is lost in the conversations.

Karl Williams, Director, FAI Farms with Benchmark Holdings, talks about farmers can measure sustainability. He suggests the "S" word is over used and, from a farmer perspective, the word is lost in the conversations.

Mr. Williams uses the model of the three Es (Economics, Ethics, and Environment) throughout the presentation, highlighting how real farmers are accomplishing sustainability. He suggests there only needs to be a set of simple measures in order for there to be a meaningful conversation.

February 4, 2015

How is the farming of global beef coming together with the discussions around sustainability?

Sustainability is something agriculture is working to understand, measure, and take action on. This is being done from a variety of angles and groups. The 2014 Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), November 2 -5, 2014, São Paulo, Brazil, provides information on the types of sustainability efforts occurring in and around beef.

February 4, 2015

We can not separate ourselves from the land; We are the land, and the land is us.

Tre’ Cates, Chief Operating Officer/CFO, Savory Institute, points out how holistic management provides the management tools to understand nature and work with it. Mr. Cates says that the opportunity is to recognize that what is happening on farms is something that can increase the livelihoods of people, through holistic management of the world’s grasslands.

February 3, 2015

How does the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform work?

Brian Lindsay, Project Leader, Beef Working Group, explains what the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is about and how it developed. The collaboration group was created in 2002 by the food industry to promote sustainable agriculture worldwide. Mr. Lindsay shares how the definition of sustainability was developed and what members do to help support the initiative. Mr. Lindsay concludes with an outline of the SAI timeline and goals.

February 3, 2015

What does beef sustainability looks like in Canada?

Cheryl Copithorne-Barnes, Chair, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, presents what beef sustainability looks like in Canada. Ms. Copithorne-Barnes details the governance and execution of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and how it must operate in its mission.
February 3, 2015

Dos & don'ts on doing beef lifecycle assessments.

Dr. Kim Stackhouse, Director of Sustainability Research, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, shares the dos & don'ts discovered in the USA on doing lifecycle assessments. Dr. Stackhouse says it is important to remember that "Zero impact is not possible": there are tradeoffs and food production will result in an impact and the the goal is improvement over time.

Dr. Stackhouse concludes with the importance of having good science as a baseline for sharing beef sustainability stories over time.

February 3, 2015

Can science help consumers with respect to food and agriculture? Maybe not.

Kim Essex, Senior Vice President, Director, North American Food Practice, Ketchum, shares the stories that science does not always resonate well for consumers with respect to food and agriculture. Using the lead around the idea of "if only everyone recognized farmers' need to feed the world", Ms. Essex looks at what Food 2020 looks like and the messages that consumers hear.

Her take aways: 1) Be a listener, 2) Acknowledge concerns, and 3) Take actions that demonstrate authenticity and accountability.

February 3, 2015

How can one develop sustainability indicators?

This panel discussion with Dr. Marty Matlock (University of Arkansas), Dr. Kim Stackhouse (National Cattlemen's Beef Association), Brian Lindsay (SAI Platform), and Karin Kreider (Executive Director, ISEAL Alliance) addresses challenges in sustainable beef. Two of them: 1) how to develop sustainability indicators and, 2) what is the role of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

January 9, 2015

Sustainability is a new buzz word and everyone would have their own definition. This presentation shares the story of the development of a working definition to that covers the many points of views and goals.

Cameron Bruett, JBS Chief Sustainability Officer, aims to challenge the views of sustainability and understand the risks and opportunities. Sustainability is a new buzz word and everyone would have their own definition. Mr. Bruett offers a series of stories on working with many groups to help develop definition of "sustainability" that covers the many points of views and goals.

Sustainability - But What Does it Mean? - Cameron Bruett, JBS Chief Sustainability Officer, from the 2014 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, December 8 - 10, 2014, Des Moines IA, USA

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.