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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.

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

Everything is connected, how do we define the future of sustainability.

Science-based Metrics – Tools to Improve Your Operation - Dr. Marty Matlock, PhD, PE, BCEE, Executive Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Arkansas, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled 'Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture', March 23 - 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

More presentations at http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/conference/2015_niaa_water_future_an...

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].


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 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 23, 2015

What impacts has Fair Oaks Farms made on their hundreds of thousands of visitors?

Leah Lentini provides background on how she came to Fair Oaks Farms and what impacts they have made with hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Ms. Lentini shares the culture and philosophy of Fair Oaks Farm in action within the barns, stores, and restaurants.

Ms. Lentini also provides an update on the new things happening at Fair Oaks Farms and the future of connecting with consumers.

May 22, 2015

How does biodiesel with animal fats generate additional revenue for the livestock industry?

Alan Weber, Economist and Founding Partner, MARC-IV, states biodiesel demand for animal fats generates an additional revenue stream for the livestock industry. So the biodiesel and livestock sectors are tied together in the future success. Mr. Weber shares the connection points and the economics for both groups.

Mr. Weber closes with thoughts on the need to maintain the stakeholder connections for their success into the future.

May 22, 2015

What is happening with food consumer demand, beliefs, and reality?

What is happening with food consumer demand, beliefs, and reality? Cameron Bruett, Head, Corporate Affairs, JBS USA & Pilgrims and President of the Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, provides a reality check for meat producers and what media concerns are influencing consumers. Mr. Bruett's take away: Keep focused on what you are really trying to accomplish.

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

Are there opportunities in agriculture for biodiesel to have a future?

Kaleb Little, Communications Manager, National Biodiesel Board, shares the opportunities agriculture and biodiesel have in the future. Mr. Little highlights why biodiesel is important and what needs to happen to sustain the ecosystem.

Fueling Livestock Profitability - Kaleb Little, Communications Manager, National Biodiesel Board, from the 2015 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit, The Journey to Extraordinary, May 6 - 7, 2015, Kansas City, MO, USA.

More presentations at http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/conference/2015-the-journey-to-extra...

April 7, 2015

What is the history and future on issues and needs of the Common Industry Audit?

Sherrie Webb, Director Animal Welfare, National Pork Board, addresses the Pork Industry Forum producers about the Common Industry Audit. Ms. Webb provides the history on what issues and needs drove the Common Industry Audit creation.

Ms. Webb highlights the program elements and the role of the Industry Audit Task Force in the implementation of the processes. Take aways: Audit tools are available for all to use and training is available. Additionally, audits are part of a comprehensive approach to having a quality industry.

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

Presentation links are below.

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

February 24, 2015

How does intensified pre-weaning calf feeding programs impact growth and behavior of cows?

Dr. Emily Miller-Cushon, University of Florida, looks at intensified pre-weaning calf feeding programs and the impacts on growth and behavior. Dr. Miller-Cushon take home message: Intensified feeding for calves improves growth and welfare early in life, offers potential for longer-term production benefits, and should be considered when implementing weaning, feeding, and housing.

February 24, 2015

How does glucose impact postpartum cows?

Dr. Matt Lucy, University of Missouri, shares research on glucose and its relevancy to postpartum cows. Dr. Lucy looked at insulin sensitivity and aimed to better understand immune functions in early postpartum periods.

Mechanisms linking postpartum metabolism with reproduction in dairy cows - Dr. Matt Lucy, University of Missouri, from the 2015 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, February 2 - 4, 2015, Gainesville, FL, USA.

More presentations at http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/conference/2015-florida-ruminant-nut...

February 24, 2015

Why do pre-weaned calves get sick?

Dr. Michael Ballou, Texas Tech University, opens by addressing why pre-weaned calves get sick and then digs into how nutrition influences immunity of calves. Dr. Ballou shares that data indicates that post-weaned health is improved among calves that were previously fed a higher plane of milk replacer.

Dietary strategies to improve calf health - Dr. Michael Ballou, Texas Tech University, from the 2015 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, February 2 - 4, 2015, Gainesville, FL, USA.

February 24, 2015

At what ages can a period of intensified feeding of heifers hasten puberty relative to females developed as per normal industry recommendations?

Dr. Mike Day, The Ohio State University, asks ""At what ages can a period of intensified feeding of heifers hasten puberty relative to females developed as per normal industry recommendations?"" Dr. Day's take aways: 1) A period of intensified feeding will advance puberty in heifers of varying breeds and environments; 2) More work needed to determine most efficient way to incorporate this knowledge into a given system; and 3) Nutritional status for the entire time from birth to first breeding can impact reproductive success.

February 24, 2015

How important is dietary amino acids and body condition for reproduction in dairy cows?

Dr. Milo Wiltbank, University of Wisconsin, looks at the importance of dietary amino acids and body condition for reproduction in dairy cows. Dr. Wiltbank shares research being conducted to look at the effect of rumen-protected methionine on amniotic vesicle and embryo size.

Importance of dietary amino acids and body condition for reproduction in dairy cows - Dr. Milo Wiltbank, University of Wisconsin, from the 2015 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, February 2 - 4, 2015, Gainesville, FL, USA.

February 5, 2015

What apps are available for smart phones and mobile devices?

Agriculture Mobile AppsAg Apps Abound The smart phone ecosystem started in 2007 with nothing and an iPhone. Today there are over two million apps for every imaginable (and unimaginable) task, idea, or industry. Along with the iPhone are other smartphone ecosystems coming in and out of the business (in: Android; out: Blackberry). While it took a bit, the number of agriculture apps are increasing. Below are several links to ag related apps. Note that the apps mentioned in the links have not been reviewed by Truffle Media; the links are mainly an FYI of what's out there.

How do you find the best app? What is a way to divine the best app? Since today's "best" app may fade away tomorrow, the best approach is to share how to sift through apps and discover what works for you. The Best Apps For Agriculture presentation outlines what an apps is, what information in the apps stores can help, offers thoughts on connecting with people you know and trust, and suggests some general categories of apps that everyone should have loaded [slides][video].

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.

January 8, 2015

Panelists offer their perspectives on approaching designing buildings for cattle and handling the issues of space, manure, financing, and regulations.

In a panel discussion format, the topic of cattle building is the focus. Moderated by Brian Waddingham, Executive Director, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, panelists include: Peter Westra, Hull Coop; Jim Knuth, Farm Credit Services of America; Alan Friederichsen, Iowa Producers. Each of the panelists offer their perspectives on approaching designing buildings for cattle and handling the issues of space, manure, financing, and regulations.