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June 9, 2014

What has happened in porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) lab diagnostics?

PEDV - Lessons Learned - Dr. Harry Snelson, AASV, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), shares details on the many activities that have occurred with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Snelson shows the details on the laboratory and field work used to discover the virus, understand what happened, and how diagnostic labs have adjusted to better identify PEDv.

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

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?

May 1, 2014

How do farms handle bad weather and being safe? This AgChat conversation looks at what happens and what tools people use.

April 29th, 2014 – AgChat on Severe WeatherAre You Ready For Severe Weather? Weather is a fact of life for agriculture. At times the weather is helpful (water is required at times) but severe weather complicates the business of running a farm: protect you, family, the animals, and the business all comes into play. What do you do to live through and then work through bad weather? This AgChat conversation covers the issues and approaches.

April 14, 2014

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

March 21, 2014

What do farmers need to know to gain value out of their data?

Farming Big Data Farmers should take every opportunity to gain value from the data they generate. This Big Data discussion panel during the 2014 Livestock Forage and Grain Forum  (agenda http://agtoday.us/inagforum14-agenda ) offered thoughts on the issues of data collection, data privacy, data ownership, and the value of data for farmers and ranchers. 

Big Data: What it Means for Agriculture - Panel Discussion and QA session moderated by Sarah Wyant, president of Agri-Pulse Communications. Panelists included:

March 12, 2014

Approaches to growing crops vary. How are no till and cover crops helping improve farming?

AgChat on No Till and Cover CropsWhat are No Till and Cover Crops? With #AgChat guest from Indiana’s Conservation Cropping Systems INitiative, this conversation shared how cover crops work and described what no till does for crops.

March 6, 2014

Training on manure and lagoon management was a key set of sessions at the 2014 MO Pork Expo.

While PEDV is still a top concern among pork producers, other topics are in need of refreshed info. Included in this year's Missouri Pork Expo were several sessions on manure and lagoon management [panel, tips]. Dr.

March 6, 2014

What are the issues from last fall's government shut down and how did it impact the economics of pork production?

Meat/Poultry Economic Update & Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc., from the 2014 Missouri Pork Expo , February 11 - 12, 2014, Columbia, MO, USA.

Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc., provides context about how last fall's government shut down impacted the economics of pork production and what data was missing. Dr. Meyer also provided insights on what is on the horizon for meat supplies and their prices.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2014-missouri-pork-expo

February 13, 2014

What is the state of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv)?

Heightened interest in animal health, specifically Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) continues to dominate seminar sessions at this winter's swine conferences. Dr. Butch Baker and Dr.

February 13, 2014

What are the the key drivers of pork producer profits?

Managing the Margin: Economic Outlook - Dr. Lee Schulz, Extension Livestock Economist, Iowa State University, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Lee Schulz, Extension Livestock Economist, Iowa State University, talk about the key drivers of pork producer profits in 2014. Some of the uncertainties that have been introduced are swine diseases (PEDV), how consumer demand will change, and input costs.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2014-iowa-pork-congress

January 29, 2014

PEDV was top of mind at the Minnesota Pork Congress, with a panel discussion plus update on US PEDV activity.

There were many great conversations at the Minnesota Pork Congress. Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council, shares topics which surfaced during a listening session at the 2014 Minnesota Pork Congress [audio].

January 13, 2014

Consumers rely on media for a vast majority of their information and have constant confusion over what is right, healthy, cost effective, safe, or green. What can be done to reduce confusion?

Consumer & Food: Perceptions, Realities and Steps Towards Instilling Confidence - Mrs. Leann Saunders, Where Food Comes From, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

January 8, 2014

What apps are available for smart phones and mobile devices?

Agriculture Mobile AppsAg Apps Abound The smart phone ecosystem is less than 8 years old but there are millions of mobile apps for every imaginable (and unimaginable) task, idea, or industry. 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.

A tip on whether or not to load the app: Look at the last time the app was updated. If the update date is more than two years ago then proceed with caution. Older apps means the software may be in conflict with the mobile devices main software and standard.

January 7, 2014

Corn and soybeans are not the only grains produced. What are some of the varieties of grain and what are farmers/ranchers doing with them?

AgChat on Alternative Grains and Grain OilsVariety of Grains What are the variety of grains that farmers and ranchers grow beyond corn and soybean? This AgChat conversation looks at what is beyond the transitional view of crops being grown.

December 16, 2013

What are the antibiotic use views of academia, government researchers, the scientific community and stakeholders within animal agriculture, human medicine and the environment? This symposium offers several presentations from these perspectives.

The time has come when academia, government researchers, the scientific community and stakeholders within animal agriculture, human medicine and the environment learn from each other and seek resolution on the polarizing and the often misunderstood issues of antimicrobial use and resistance. The Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health Symposium is that place for sharing and learning to occur.

November 27, 2013

How is the US Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine involved in understanding antimicrobial resistance?

FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Activities Regarding Antimicrobial Resistance and Food-Producing Animals - Dr. Craig Lewis, Veterinary Medical Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

November 27, 2013

What are some of the efforts the USDA taking to understand antimicrobial drug use and resistance at livestock facilities?

USDA Initiatives: Antimicrobial Drug Use/Resistance on Livestock Facilities Data - Dr. David Dargatz, Epidemiologist, USDA: APHIS Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

November 27, 2013

What is the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and how does it protect human health.?

Meat/Poultry Antibiotic Residue Testing, Protecting Human Health - Dr. David Goldman, Chief Medical Officer, USPHS Office of Public Health Science, Food Safety and Inspection Service, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

November 27, 2013

How is Certified Angus Beef LLC working to become credible with consumers?

Seeking Credibility With Consumers in a Confusing Marketplace - Dr. John Stika, President, Certified Angus Beef LLC, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

November 27, 2013

What is the story behind livestock-associated staphylococcus aureus (livestock-associated MRSA)?

Livestock-associated Staphylococcus aureus: Recent Trends - Dr. Paul Fey, Professor and Medical Director of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, University of Nebraska Medical Center, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

November 27, 2013

What "public health" is and how it is important as part of understanding the issues and solutions for antibiotic resistance?

Evidence-Based Policy Development in Public Health - Dr. Paul Halverson, Founding Dean and Professor, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

November 27, 2013

Dr. Richard Raymond, Consultant, looks at the perceptions and realities of antibiotics used in animals raised for food. Dr. Raymond looks at several cases and studies, identifying some of the issues and concerns by consumers.

Antibiotics Used In Animals Raised for Food - Dr. Richard Raymond, Consultant, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

Dr. Richard Raymond, Consultant, looks at the perceptions and realities of antibiotics used in animals raised for food. Dr. Raymond looks at several cases and studies, identifying some of the issues and concerns by consumers.

More presentations at http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/conference/2013-niaa-antibiotics-bri...