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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 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...

May 22, 2015

"Is there a problem in feeding 9 billion people?" - "Only if you want to eat."

Mandy Hagan, Vice President, State Affairs and Grassroots, Grocery Manufacturers Association, asks the core question of "Is there a problem in feeding 9 billion people?" and rhetorically answer it with "Only if you want to eat".

Ms. Hagan shares approaches to utilizing technology, like genetically modified organisms, to meet the needs of those future 9 billion people.

May 22, 2015

Has the poultry business arrived late to the sustainability table?

Paul Bredwell, Vice President of Environmental Programs, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, opens with an admission that the poultry business is late to the table with sustainability solutions.

Mr. Bredwell shares what is being done today to develop, launch, and execute sustainability programs. Mr. Bredwell closes with an outline of what will happen next and what key performance indicators will be used.

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 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.
Of note:

April 7, 2015

How is outbreak of PEDv being handled?

Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, provides an update on the pork emerging diseases response plan. Dr. Wagstrom shares information on the projects others are also doing and how they tie together.

One of the key areas of improvement resulting from the outbreak of PEDv was communication consistency and protocol. Dr. Wagstrom also highlights the risk assessments completed, the swine disease matrix development, and the "strengthening the boarders" project.

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.

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.

January 8, 2015

What is talk fescue toxicosis and what do beef producers need to do?

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension and Dr. Scott Flynn, Dow AgroSciences, talk about beef cattle and the approaches to preventing fescue toxicosis. Mr Sellers details the cow physiology, how cattle nutrition is impacted, and what symptoms are important to notice.

Dr. Flynn focuses on the plant science and what testing needs to be done to identify infected plants. Dr. Flynn also details steps to mitigate fescue toxicosis.

January 7, 2015

Companion animals use antimicrobials and can be impacted by resistance. Dr. Bender suggests that clinicians need to be aware and encourage good antimicrobial stewardship practices.

Dr. Jeff Bender, Chair for the AVMA Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in companion Animal Practice, provides an overview of antimicrobial resistance in companion animals and what kinds of stewardship approaches are being implemented. Dr. Bender suggests that clinicians need to be aware and encourage good antimicrobial stewardship practices.

January 7, 2015

“We are all connected by the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.” says Dr. Tom Friedan, CDC Director. Dr. Chiller emphasizes that antimicrobial resistance is a global problem and needs global solutions.

Dr. Tom Chiller, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opens his presentation with a quote from Dr. Tom Friedan, CDC Director, that brings focus to antimicrobial resistance: “We are all connected by the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.” Dr. Chiller emphasizes that antimicrobial resistance is a global problem and needs global solutions. These solutions need continual communication, consistent monitoring and reporting, and response teams to take action.

January 4, 2015

Why studying the genetics of Maize can help one understand food and people's perceptions of biotechnology.

Anastasia Bodnar - Who is Frank N. Foode and what is the future of genetically modified organisms, science, and society?Thoughts on Science, Food, & Future This is a conversation with Anastasia Bodnar and John Blue, setup when John contributed money to the Bring Frank N. Foode™ to Life campaign. In this chat Anastasia shares a bit about Frank N. Foode, the friendly plush corn doll; genetically modified organisms; science; society; and future. 

December 30, 2014

How much water do you believe you use in a day? Do you know how much you actually use?

Dr. Shahzeen Attari - Perceptions of Water UseWhat Do You Believe About Water? Dr. Shahzeen Attari, Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs, shares consumer and market research on what people believe about water usage in everyday settings and the impacts those beliefs have on setting water policy and practice. This presentation is from the 2014 conference on Defining Indiana's Water Needs: Research & Solutions [agenda], held December 12, 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

December 4, 2014

What are some trends in understanding antibiotic resistance and what actions are being taken?

Antibiotic Resistance Is ComplexUnderstanding Antibiotic Resistance Is Complex In September 2014 the Executive Office of the President President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology release a report titled Report To The President On Combating Antibiotic Resistance which put pressure on medical, veterinarian, food, and agriculture professionals to take action.