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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.

April 7, 2015

What is the history and future on issues and needs of the Common Industry Audit?

Sherrie Webb, Director Animal Welfare, National Pork Board, addresses the Pork Industry Forum producers about the Common Industry Audit. Ms. Webb provides the history on what issues and needs drove the Common Industry Audit creation.

Ms. Webb highlights the program elements and the role of the Industry Audit Task Force in the implementation of the processes. Take aways: Audit tools are available for all to use and training is available. Additionally, audits are part of a comprehensive approach to having a quality industry.

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.

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].

July 25, 2013

One of the National Pork Board’s responsibilities is for Checkoff-funded research. The Pork Checkoff page on SwineCast highlights recent Checkoff-funded research that producers may find valuable on their farm.

A series of excellent presentations were given at the Pork Academy this year at the World Pork Expo [full list]. Below are several selected highlights.

June 26, 2013

Economics, weather, and animal health were major conversations during the World Pork Expo. Many of the key presentations and press conferences are available to help your management and barn staff.

The World Pork Expo wrapped up June 7th with many presentations made about animal health, global trade, economics, and weather. These are many of the staples of animal agriculture and now they are available to others that could not attend the Expo.

The core set of many presentations are on [2013 World Pork Expo] with some additional material from the National Pork Board's Pork Academy also available.

January 22, 2013

What is animal welfare? What does it mean? These resources can help explain and help educate people, both on farm operations and for consumers.

ag companiesAnimal Welfare Means What? Consumers are looking for information about how agriculture animals are treated and cared for. This resource page provides information on several industry standards plus some opinion on the concerns of consumers from Temple Grandin.

January 22, 2013

"What people are imagining what is happening inside sheds is way worse than what is actually happening.", says Dr. Temple Grandin. What does she propose farmers and ranchers do?

Dr. Temple Grandin from Colorado State University shares her perspective on animal handling and how the industry needs to improve the way consumers view us. From the 2011 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Carolina Swine Health Seminar.

January 22, 2013

What are some of the issues with animal welfare? Who are the people speaking up?

Many consumers know of animal welfare mainly through the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) portraying agriculture animals in a bad light. But like many issues, there are multiple views.

People want to eat meat and will continue to do so. What are the options? Who are the players? This is not an issue that will go away but it will be one that must evolve solutions and approaches that appeal to many groups.

June 4, 2012

What are some of the issues facing animal agriculture? Issues like improving animal identification and its systems, emergency management, emerging diseases, and global animal health are top of mind.

The 2012 National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Meeting offered many opportunities to learn more about the issues within animal agriculture and what solutions are being pursued. Core to the conversations was the topic of living in a world of decreasing resources & increasing regulation.

Held March 26 - 29, 2012, in Denver, CO, USA, people from many parts of the country representing multiple species learn about the efforts to improve animal identification and its systems, emergency management, emerging diseases, and global animal health.

May 1, 2012

Gary Baise paints not a very rosy picture of agriculture. He suggests that the social contract between agriculture and America has been broken.

Legal Threats to Animal Agriculture - Gary Baise, Illinois Farmer & Attorney, Olsson Frank & Weeda PC, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

February 28, 2012

If farmers and ranchers don't step up to speak, others will do it for them.

Taking mystery out of pork production

Sarah Hubbart, Animal Agriculture Alliance, says farmers and ranchers need to proactively step up and speak for themselves. The alternative is that other people will do the speaking and that most certainly will not acurately reflect the farmers' and ranchers' views.

Too often, agriculture is forced to be reactive, rather than proactive in discussing farm practices. But what if agriculture were in the drivers' seat in the race to influence public opinion?

Sarah offers some models currently being pursued by farms like Fair Oaks Dairy or Rose Acre Farms. And even if the the logistics of producing internet media is too much of a burden for some operations, there are opportunities to develop smaller approaches to sharing with groups of other agri-producers.

February 8, 2012

Who can you call to learn more about farm animal handling and their care?

This short presentation (~10 minutes) highlights what animal ag producers and managers plus other interested groups are doing to provide information to the public; a resource on animal welfare and how farms operate.

Dr. Suzanne Millman, Iowa State University, Department of Animal Science, provides background on Iowans working together for responsible farm animal care. From the 2012 Iowa Pork Congress, January 24 - 26, Des Moines, IA, USA.

January 2, 2012

The HSUS has a plan for how social media is to be used to create a true following for their issues campaigns. Learn what they do and how they approach people online.

This presentation by Carie Lewis, Director of Emerging Media, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), offers a great view in to how HSUS is strategic in its use of social media. While you may or may not like the HSUS, they do have a plan and know where they need to go. Everyone in agriculture needs to leverage this HSUS information to help advocate (aka agvocate) their agriculture, farm, and ranch story.