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July 5, 2016

What and where will the 2016 elections take agriculture?

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

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

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.

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 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

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.

February 13, 2014

Is Congress Dysfunctional? And what does that mean for 2014/2015 legislation plus the mid term elections?

Washington Update: Will Dysfunctional Washington Ever Function - Jim Wiesemeyer, Informa Economics, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA.

February 13, 2014

Is Congress Dysfunctional? And what does that mean for 2014/2015 legislation plus the mid term elections?

Washington Update: Will Dysfunctional Washington Ever Function - Jim Wiesemeyer, Informa Economics, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA.

November 5, 2013

What is the impact of regulation and legislation on farmers and ranchers? How is the US Farm Bill evolving?

AgChat on the USA Farm BillFarm Bill Goes To Washington? The USA Farm Bill is a complex piece of legislation. It contains funding for many things in and out of agriculture. But the focus the general public hears the most about are subsides and farmers receiving funds that might appear as a handout. This AgChat conversation asks questions about the legislation plus looks at other government regulation.

October 29, 2013

How is the term 'Big Ag' being used to convey an image or message? What are 'Family Farms' doing to change their image?

AgChat on Family Farm vs Big AgCan Big Ag also be Family Farm? Media use of the term Big Ag is generally used to set a tone of big is bad and must be stopped. Family farms are viewed as homey, warm, and very American. What is the difference between family farms and big ag? How can the two views be correct and yet different?

June 3, 2013

How do ag-gag laws change how people perceive agriculture and farmers?

Ag-Gag LawsAg-Gag: Good or Bad? Many states are aiming to put in place "ag-gag" laws to stop undercover filming on farms and ranches. What is an "Ag Gag" law and how does it impact farmers, ranchers, and the public? This AgChat conversation looks at the issues. Are you in a state with Ag-Gag laws?

November 27, 2012

What is the pharmaceutical industry's perspective on antimicrobial restrictions?

Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective of the Impacts of the Regulatory Environment - Dr. Rick Sibbel, Merck Animal Health, from the 2012 NIAA One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Symposium, November 13-15, 2012, Columbus, OH, USA.

June 8, 2012

Europe is going through a lot of turmoil, economic and political. These will both impact agriculture on the world markets through grain prices and global ag trade.

Information To Help Your Operations

  1. Audio: How Will Europe's Mess Affect My Grain Prices? - Kansas State Research and Extension Ag Economist Dan O'Brien discusses the relationship between the European Community Crisis and commodity prices around the world [audio].
June 1, 2012

Annette Sweeney, Representative, Iowa General Assembly, provides some background on the Ag Protection Act that was put into law in Iowa. Some have called this the 'Ag Gag Bill'. The activities that went into the development of the legislation took much negotiation, hard compromise, and much longer than many expected.

Protecting Farmers' Rights at the State Level - Annette Sweeney, Representative, Iowa General Assembly, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

June 1, 2012

Dr. Chris Ashworth brings to a close the 2012 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit. Dr. Ashworth shares a vision of the future for animal production, with the opportunities and the challenges facing farmers and ranchers.

Closing - Celebrating the Miracle of Modern Food Production - Dr. Chris Ashworth, Alliance Chairman, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

June 1, 2012

Sue Wallis, Representative, Wyoming State Legislature, talks about what is going on at the state level, with respect to agriculture, politics, and the current relationship states have with various animal rights groups.

Protecting Farmers’ Rights at the State Level - Sue Wallis, Representative, Wyoming State Legislature, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

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.

May 1, 2012

Gary Baise paints not a very rosy picture of agriculture. He suggests that the social contract between agriculture and America has been broken.

Legal Threats to Animal Agriculture - Gary Baise, Illinois Farmer & Attorney, Olsson Frank & Weeda PC, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.