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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 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 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.

September 10, 2013

Salmonella tends to be thought of as a food safety and public health issue. With agriculture being perceived by consumers as really food production, pork production practices will be seen in the light of food production too.

Pre-Harvest Risk Factors for Salmonella in Pork Production - Dr. Marcos H. Rostagno, Research Animal Scientist/Adjunct Faculty, USDA-ARS / Purdue University, from the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, August 16-18, 2013, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.

Dr. Marcos Rostagno, Research Animal Scientist/Adjunct Faculty, USDA-ARS / Purdue University, provides an overview of salmonella and its role in pork production.

August 27, 2013

How does the process of predicting the future work?

The Folly of PredictionThe Folly of Prediction Freakonomics re-published their episode The Folly of Prediction, which looks at the process, art, science, and magic of making predictions. 

At about 28 min in is the segment on how the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service makes crop yield predictions. Joe Prusacki, Director, Statistics Division, helps explain the details on yield predictions.



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Audio: Freakonomics' The Folly of Prediction.

June 6, 2013

How will Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) be handled and what are some of the concerns of barn managers and swine vets?

Conversations at the World Pork Expo on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) drew in many pork producers, animal health professionals, and the supporting pork groups like the National Pork Producers Council, National Pork Board, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and the USDA.

May 28, 2013

Aquaculture is a very extremely efficient animal protein production system. What research is still needed in the USA?

Current Status of U.S. Aquaculture Research - Dr. Jeff Silverstein, National Program Leader, Aquaculture, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Jeff Silverstein shares that Aquaculture is a very extremely efficient animal protein production system, plus provides healthy benefits like being high in protein, healthful omega3 fatty acids, essential vitamins and minerals. It also creates jobs in coastal communities and agricultural heartland.

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 8, 2013

How Does the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service use information technology?

USDA-APHIS IT Update - 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 provides an update on U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA - APHIS) information technology initiatives. Neil shares the progress on data sharing standards and policies. He also outlines new functionalities that will be rolled out in 2013.

May 7, 2013

Regulations are needed in many areas but when do they need to be changed?

AgChat on Regulations in Agriculture?Regulations? Help or Hinder? Regulations are a part of farm and ranch life. Many regulations are put in place to help save lives and protect consumers. Some of them cost farmers and rancher money to stay compliant. Some regulations become cumbersome because their original intent is no longer valid but one must still comply. This #AgChat conversation looks into how regulations affect farms and ranches and offers one thoughts on changes.

May 6, 2013

What is the FMD status of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network?

Diagnostic Technology Update: Strategic Development and Deployment - Dr. Sarah Tomlinson, Associate NAHLN Coordinator at USDA-APHIS-VS, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

May 6, 2013

Do you know the detection and response steps for foot and mouth disease (FMD)?

Overview of Current FMD Countermeasures - Dr. Jon Zack, Director, Preparedness and Incident Coordination Staff at USDA – APHIS-VS, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Jon Zack runs through a scenario of an outbreak starting at time zero. Dr. Zack details some of the steps in the detection and response of foot and mouth disease (FMD). He looks at quarantines, movement controls, and business continuity actions. Dr. Zack advises to understand your FMD response goals and you FMD preparedness goals.

May 6, 2013

Where does animal health authority leave off and private sector activity begin?

Government Preparedness Role and Response Framework: Where Animal Health Authority Leaves Off and Private Sector Agency Begins - Dr. Jon Zack, Director, Preparedness and Incident Coordination Staff at USDA – APHIS-VS, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

April 30, 2013

What are the issues and actions required to change the regulations of pseudorabies and swine brucellosis?

A New Approach to PRV and SB: A Concept - Dr. Troy Bigelow, USDA/APHIS/VS, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Troy Bigelow overviews the paper "A New Approach to PRV and SB: A Concept" and the proposal for changing the regulations of pseudorabies and swine brucellosis. Dr. Bigelow points out that the regulations currently in place from 1970's and the effort to change them is a must so that the public are protected.

March 19, 2013

What does traceability mean and what might be involved?

AgChat on TraceabilityPath from Farm to Fork and Back Where does your start? How does it get from the farm to your fork? Can you go backwards to see what happens? This conversation on #AgChat looks into the meaning of food traceability.

December 20, 2012

What are some of the resources available from the USDA? And how is agriculture impacting the Great Lakes Region?

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November 27, 2012

What are the future strategies to develop alternatives to antibiotics for agriculture?

Overview of Alternatives to Antibiotics in Agriculture - Dr. Cyril Gay, USDA, ARS, from the 2012 NIAA One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Symposium, November 13-15, 2012, Columbus, OH, USA.

November 27, 2012

What is happening with nationally funded antimicrobial resistance research projects?

Progress Report on Nationally Funded Antimicrobial Resistance Research Projects - Dr. Mary Torrence, USDA, ARS, from the 2012 NIAA One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Symposium, November 13-15, 2012, Columbus, OH, USA.

November 27, 2012

How can the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) work on farms?

NARMS – Surveillance On The Farm - Dr. Mary Torrence, USDA/ARS, from the 2012 NIAA One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Symposium, November 13-15, 2012, Columbus, OH, USA.

October 11, 2012

How can eXtension help communities and bring their expertise to other countries' agriculture focused organizations?

Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, shares insights on how extension will continue play a part in communities and the world.

October 11, 2012

How can eXtension help communities and bring their expertise to other countries' agriculture focused organizations?

Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, shares insights on how extension will continue play a part in communities and the world.

October 2, 2012

How would you change school lunches if you had the power?

AgChat on School Lunches Yummy, I want more(?)! Do you remember your 1st grade school lunch? Many people remember something about their school lunch time. Was the food you ate something you would let your kids eat today? Given a magic wand, how would you change your local school lunch program? AgChat shared some thought provoking comments and discussion on school lunch programs in this regular Twitter conversation.

September 20, 2012

Do you know what the USDA's Agriculture Research Service does and how it can help you?

Learn more about the United States Department of Agriculture Research Service (ARS, http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/main.htm ), "One of the best kept secrets in the USDA".

May 29, 2012

What does the proposed restructuring of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) look like? Dr. Lanny Pace, Executive Director, Mississippi State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, aims to provide broad exposure of the NAHLN restructuring and answer questions.

The Proposed Restructuring of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) - Dr. Lanny Pace, Executive Director, Mississippi State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.