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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 6, 2014

Forget global warming and climate change conversations. Real weather is happening and no matter the cause, business have to plan and change to meet the new patterns.

Weather is kicking off the New Year with extreme colds and snow across the USA. These weather fronts are impacting travel and in many areas, power. The conversation is shifting from global warming (true or not) to real weather is occurring and it is impacting farms and ranches.

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

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

Who is looking out for the consumer perspective and what are they doing?

Consumer Perceptions-Superbugs In Our Food Supply - Ms. Susan Vaughn Grooters, Food Safety Research & Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

November 26, 2013

What is the conference series about and how it can transform the conversations inside and outside of agriculture?

Welcome/Recap of Antibiotic Symposia in Chicago, IL 2011 and Columbus, OH 2012 - Dr. Leah Dorman, Senior Director of Animal and Food Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

November 26, 2013

What are some public health concerns about resistant foodborne infections?

Public Health Concerns About Resistant Foodborne Infections - Dr. Robert Tauxe, Deputy Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Infections, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

November 26, 2013

Have you read the CDC report "Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States"?

Public Health Impact of Antimicrobial Resistance - Dr. Steven Solomon, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

Dr. Steven Solomon, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, summarizes the report "Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States" published in September 2013 by the US CDC. Dr. Solomon looks that the public health impact of antimicrobial resistance and how health professionals are looking to fight back against antibiotic resistance.

November 19, 2013

What is available to help understand food and agriculture on a global or regional scale?

IMAGETITLEUnderstanding Data There are more data sources available to more people than ever in the history of the world. The Internet is a great tool for discovering and researching resources. Below are a few resource. One, the The Data Journalism Handbook, is more about learning about approaches to discovering and using information obtained from various sources. It also is a great resource on tools and techniques.

November 4, 2013

What is "Emergency Management and IT"?

Emergency Management and IT: EMRS of Tomorrow and More - John Picanso, Chief Information Officer, USDA/APHIS/VS, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

November 1, 2013

How agriculture is part of the environment and what effects are occurring?

How Do We Feed A Growing World Without Destroying The Planet? - Dr. John Foley - University of Minnesota , Institute of the Environment, from the Leman Pork Conference, September 18-21, 2010, RiverCentre, St Paul, MN, USA.

Dr. Foley brings together data and stories on how agriculture is part of the environment and what effect are occurring. He also points out some of the myths about agriculture's impacts plus some of the realities.

October 22, 2013

Swine influenza has lots of attention from media and consumers. What are the resources to help understand what it is and what it is not?

Swine Influenza Information and ResourcesWhat is Swine Influenza? The media picks up on disease outbreaks because this type of news creates audience attention, if just for a little bit. However, when the adrenaline subsides, what are the information sources to learn more about Swine Influenza?

October 17, 2013

What are the concerns of people around the global on agriculture, food, and society? How are farmers, ranchers, and other approaching solutions to these concerns?

Global Conversation On Ag and Food What happens when you bring together several hundred people on Twitter to talk about agriculture and food? You have AgriChatWorld! This conversation held on World Food Day focused on global perspectives about food, agriculture, and society.

Thanks to @AgriChatUK and @OverTheFarmGate for organizing and coordinating.

October 9, 2013

What are some of the issues in feeding sick pigs and what should swine barn staff consider? Also, is Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus testing the USA National Biosecurity processes and are people really ready?

The 2013 Leman Swine Conference presentation videos are coming online at SwineCast's ConferenceConnection. We're using audio from Dr.

October 9, 2013

What are the issues for pig neonatal transitioning from a liquid to dry diet?

Feeding options to fit pig health - Dr. Don Giesting, Cargill, from the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 14-17, 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

October 9, 2013

What is needed to feed unhealthy pigs to sustain the growth rate?

Nutrition and health interactions: A practitioner’s perspective - Dr. Mark FitzSimmons, Swine Graphics, from the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 14-17, 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Mark FitzSimmons takes a look at how barn managers look at pigs in the barn to be marked for the truck. He presents information on how feeding an nutrition changes according to the health of the pig. What is needed to feed unhealthy pigs to sustain the growth rate?

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2013-leman-swine-conference-material

October 9, 2013

How do you deal with feeding sick pigs?

The impact of PRRSV on feed efficiency, digestibility and tissue accretion in grow-finisher pigs - Dr. Nick Gabler, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University, from the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 14-17, 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

In this National Pork Board research, grow-finisher pigs are looked at to better understand how to feed sick pigs. The aim of the research was look at how immune challenges alter feed intake and digestibility and if sick pigs have altered nutrient requirements.

October 1, 2013

What are some of the ideas around "where to target for improved disease management"?

Research Supporting the Infection Chain in Improving Disease Management - Dr. Eduardo Fano, Swine Technical Manager of the Americas, Boehringer Ingelheim, from the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar,, August 16-18, 2013, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.

Dr. Eduardo Fano presents an overview on the ideas around "where to target for improved disease management". Dr. Fano suggests that the approach to minimizing exposure and maximizing immunity requires putting in place a systematic approach called "Infection Chain/Prevention Management".

September 10, 2013

What PEDV research is being done and what actionable information is being developed?

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Update - Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, from the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, August 16-18, 2013, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.

Dr. Darin Madson tackles explaining the science side of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), with the aim of helping managers and staff understand what is being done to detect, isolate, and understand the virus so as to help contain and stop the virus' spread. Dr. Madson also shares what research is being done and what actionable information is being developed.

September 10, 2013

The rotavirus is everywhere and almost all farms will test positive, and is a major cause of diarrhea. What can be done to help diagnosis?

Rotavirus Update: Pathogen, Diagnostics, Immunity and Prevention - Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, from the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, August 16-18, 2013, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.

Dr. Darin Madson provides an update on rotavirus: the pathogen; diagnostics; immunity and prevention. The rotavirus is everywhere and almost all farms will test positive, and is a major cause of diarrhea.