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November 10, 2016

Communication of science is not working between people in agriculture and those outside of agriculture. What can agriculturalists do? Dr. Van Eenennaam offers and approach.

The #Scicomm: Challenge Facing Animal Agriculture - Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Animal Biotechnology and Genomics, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, USA, from the 2016 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 17-20, 2016, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, USA, shares how communication of science is not working between people in agriculture and those outside of agriculture.

May 20, 2016

What are the conversations on antibiotics and agriculture? What are the consumer concerns and how are farms and ranchers addressing the questions. What about the agriculture pharmaceutical companies and the changes they are taking on?

Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture: Changing the Narrative - Dr. Leah Dorman, Director, Food Integrity and Consumer Engagement, Phibro Animal Health; Dr. Richard Raymond, Food Safety and Public Health Consultant, former Undersecretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Christopher Doering, Reporter, USA Today.

What are the conversations on antibiotics and agriculture? What are the consumer concerns and how are farms and ranchers addressing the questions. What about the agriculture pharmaceutical companies and the changes they are taking on?

February 11, 2016

What can the Chief Technology Officer of Monsanto Company share with people about the future of food and agriculture?

Dr. Robert Fraley, Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto - Genetic Science, Food, and PeopleGenetic Science, Food, and People Dr. Robert Fraley, Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto, shares stories of genetic science and its relation to food and consumers. Dr. Fraley points out steps we need to take as an industry, specifically starting with being truly engaged on social media, as that is how the public is getting their information

January 5, 2016

What is the focus of various swine health & disease issues, plus how is research helping both veterinarians and farm management / staff?

The 2015 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference was the focus of various swine health & disease issues plus research to help both veterinarians and farm management /staff. Also this year, the Pijoan Lectures continue with Dr. Linda Saif sharing info on coronaviruses and their global threats to humans and animals and Dr. Carol Cardona providing a review of the H5N2 epidemic [fyi link].

All episodes are on SwineCast.com [link]

The complete agenda and informational guide can be found in the online conference program or pre-conference program.


September 28, 2015

How are mathematical models being used to understanding emerging animal diseases?

Dr. Shweta Bansal, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at Georgetown University, provides an assessment of how mathematical modeling is used in understanding emerging swine diseases.

Dr. Bansal digs into the data and assumptions used to produce a model to help answer questions about PEDv. Specifically, Dr. Bansal's team analyzed the role of movement in PEDv spread and provide an estimation of likely PEDv sources.

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 7, 2015

What is the US FDA's strategy on the use of important antibiotics in food producing animals? Dr. Flynn mentions that all uses of antibiotics are contributing to resistance issues and that any conversation and solution set must take this wide use into consideration.

Dr. William Flynn, Deputy Director for Science Policy, Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine, provides an update on the US FDA's strategy on the use of important antibiotics in food producing animals and its effect on FDA Guidance #213. Dr. Flynn mentions that all uses of antibiotics are contributing to resistance issues and that any conversation and solution set must take this wide use into consideration. Collaborative approaches are going be much more effective if everyone is at the table and working in the same direction.

January 7, 2015

Consumers pay attention when they hear "antibiotic resistance". Images of killer bacteria and the real possibility that medicines will stop working are on their mind. What are some of the policy and science conversations occurring across the world on antibiotic use?

Consumers are concerned about antibiotic resistance and are demanding action from farmers and ranchers. Physicians worry that antibiotic over use in human health will also be impacted. To help understand the issues, researchers and experts from all aspects of human and animal health came together to continue the dialog and make plans for change around the use of antibiotics.

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 2, 2014

Genetic engineering is not a technology that is going to replace standard breeding methods. Rather, it will add access to genetic variation, increasing the pool of genetic diversity that can be worked with.

Transgenic, or genetic engineering, of animals continues to evolve. Genetic engineering is not a technology that is going to replace standard breeding methods. Rather, it will add access to genetic variation, increasing the pool of genetic diversity that can be worked with.

November 15, 2014

What is happening in swine disease research and what are some of the issues coming up in the future?

The 2014 Carolina Swine Health Seminar provided information on the science behind the Delta Coronavirus. Dr. Steven Krakowka, The Ohio State University, highlighted a new perspective that you'll want to share with farm production staff and management.

October 6, 2014

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference presentations provide an opportunity to stay tuned with the issues of key importance to pork producers.

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference is always one with quality information as well as a mixed attendance featuring animal health, practitioners, nutrition and producer representatives. This event allows for the sharing of key information on issues impacting and affecting people, farms, and pigs.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2014-leman-swine-conference-material

April 25, 2014

What will happen when 3 billion people come to dinner in the next 40 years? Are we changing our collective approach to sustaining those new mouths to feed?

Science-Based Metrics for Sustainable Outcomes in Agriculture - Marty D. Matlock, PhD, PE, BCEE, Executive Director, Office for Sustainability, Area Director, Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled 'The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive', March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.

June 26, 2013

The difference between risk and uncertainty is that risk has numbers. Yes, we can manage anything with numbers. No numbers means it is uncertain and thus not manageable.

What The Weather Holds - Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, from the 2013 World Pork Expo, June 5 - 7, 2013, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, shares his view on what the weather will hold. The weather affects everyone, if they produce grain or are buying grain. These past years the weather has been widely varied: Snow a foot deep on one day to 101F° two days later is an example.

June 18, 2013

What is the infection chain concept and how do we use it?

Infection Chain Concept - Dr. Brian Payne, Swine Technical Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim, from the 2013 World Pork Expo, June 5 - 7, 2013, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Brian Payne, Swine Technical Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim, looks that the infection chain concept and updates people on the new information that has been assembled. Dr. Payne looks at the system level approach to understanding how disease progress and trying to identify the roots of the disease infection problems.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2013-world-pork-expo

June 18, 2013

Can the infection chain concept be applied to mycoplasma hyopneumonia?

Swine Production Infection Chain - Dr. David Baumert, Swine Practitioner, from the 2013 World Pork Expo, June 5 - 7, 2013, Des Moines, IA, USA.

June 18, 2013

How do you follow mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infection chains?

Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Infection Chain - Dr. Eduardo Fano, Swine Technical Manager Americas, Boehringer Ingelheim, from the 2013 World Pork Expo, June 5 - 7, 2013, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Eduardo Fano, Swine Technical Manager Americas, Boehringer Ingelheim, details the mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infection chain and what approaches to understanding it have been studied. Dr. Fano shares data from a series of correlation studies and looks at understanding the whole herd infection of the disease.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2013-world-pork-expo

May 21, 2013

What are some of the activities around animal disease traceability in Alabama?

Alabama State Animal Disease Traceability Update - Dr. Tony Frazier, Alabama State Veterinarian, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Tony Frazier, Alabama State Veterinarian, gives an update on the Alabama State Animal Disease Traceability activity. Dr. Frazier shared that beef cattle 18 months of age and older must be officially ID’ed at change of ownership and that cattle moving interstate and must comply with the state of destination.

May 21, 2013

What makes a tag "official"?

USDA Update on Animal Disease Traceability - Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, USDA/APHIS/VS, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, USDA/APHIS/VS, shares an update on the USDA Animal Disease Traceability National Uniform Eartagging System (NUES). Mr. Hammerschmidt talks about some the specifications of the system plus what makes an ear tag "official" and by when.

May 14, 2013

Some people believe just stopping the use on food animal farms will stop issues. Others say that is not the case. And consumers are still wanting information.

Understanding the use of antibiotics and antimicrobials in animal agriculture is complex. Some people believe just stopping the use on food animal farms will stop issues. Others say that is not the case. And consumers are still wanting information.

http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/niaa2013-antibiotics-council-multimedia

These Antibiotics Council presentation series are from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15 - 17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

May 14, 2013

What would happen if an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) occurred in the USA? This case study can help people and organizations get prepared.

FMD in Vietnam: What Can We Learn? - Dr. Carla Huston, Associate Professor, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Carla Huston, Associate Professor, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, details a case study on foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Vietnam. Key points from the case study: “Our” priorities may not be “their” priorities; Biotechnology is possible; and Flexibility and adaptability are necessary skills.

May 14, 2013

How can goat producers learn more about performance data uses?

Goat Herd Improvement Program as Conducted Through KSU - Dr. Kenneth Andries, Assistant Professor, Kentucky State University, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Kenneth Andries, Assistant Professor, Kentucky State University, outlines the goat improvement program as conducted at Kentucky State University. Dr. Andries details the background of the program and the metrics being organized throughout the process. Key goal is to help producers understand how to utilize performance data.

May 14, 2013

What is genomics and how does it play a part in food safety?

The 100K Genome Project and Food Safety - Dr. Bart Weimer, Professor – School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Bart Weimer, Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, provides information on how genomics plays a part in food safety. Dr. Weimer shares details of the science used and the processes to get the information in the right hands.