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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.

October 1, 2013

What does Animal Welfare mean for consumers? How can farmers and ranchers connect with the issues? Is there a right and a wrong?

AgChat on Animal WelfareAnimal Welfare People conversing about how agriculture animals are treated have strong opinions. There are those that demand no one eat any animals and there are those who still want their bacon. What is the conversation that needs to occur to help all involved understand the issues and put in place solutions to meet market demands for meat?

January 31, 2013

The latest information on connecting with consumers is shared by the National Pork Board, plus a post about the aging population of newspapers readers highlights that newspapers need to fix the problem instead of debating the data.

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.

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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U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service

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.

June 1, 2012

Annette Sweeney, Representative, Iowa General Assembly, provides some background on the Ag Protection Act that was put into law in Iowa. Some have called this the 'Ag Gag Bill'. The activities that went into the development of the legislation took much negotiation, hard compromise, and much longer than many expected.

Protecting Farmers' Rights at the State Level - Annette Sweeney, Representative, Iowa General Assembly, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

June 1, 2012

Sue Wallis, Representative, Wyoming State Legislature, talks about what is going on at the state level, with respect to agriculture, politics, and the current relationship states have with various animal rights groups.

Protecting Farmers’ Rights at the State Level - Sue Wallis, Representative, Wyoming State Legislature, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

May 29, 2012

How is animal identification information getting collected in slaughter houses? Zach Ireland provides a detailed account on what is done and who plays a part. He also provides input into proposed updates to rules on animal identification. Electronic id methods are the best because of data integrity and quick collection.

Infrastructure to Collect Electronic Devices Information at Slaughter Plants - Zach Ireland, Director of Grading, JBS, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 24, 2012

How can housing systems impact animal welfare and and production?

May 18, 2012

Agriculture is "always" evolving. Chris Herr, PennAg Industries Association Executive Vice President, says people must not confuse companion animals with food animals and look for ways to take on the insincere politics getting in the way of animal welfare—from both sides.

Bridging the Divide, Finding Common Ground - Chris Herr, PennAg Industries Association Executive Vice President, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

May 3, 2012

What are the beef and dairy animal welfare market threats and opportunities? Dr. Glynn Tonsor outlines an ongoing study that researches the disconnect between animal producers and consumers across the nation.

Benchmarking Industry Self-Perceptions Regarding Animal Welfare - Dr. Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

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.

April 27, 2012

There is humor in agriculture through Muppets.

You have to laugh when an ag issue like animal welfare makes it to the Muppets:)

April 16, 2012

Now that United Egg Producers (UEP) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have an agreement, what does that agreement mean to the industry? The UEP decided to change the game from "So long as they [HSUS] set the agenda, you lose" to "we decided to see if we could set the agenda".

United Egg Producers (UEP) and Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Jointly Seeking Federal Legislation for National Hen Housing Standards - Gene Gregory, President, United Egg Producers, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

Update: This presentation has been removed at the presenter's request.

February 29, 2012

Agriculture crosses many lines, boundaries, and groups of people. Anytime there are such lines there will be issues. People don't all agree and this creates conflict. Before taking on the issues, you have to learn about the issues and people behind them.

Agriculture is how food is grown and produced. This is a global activity and it covers many types of food, regions, and people. With everyone on the planet involved in eating, there are many ideas, thoughts, and concerns expressed about food. These concerns get pushed down to the smaller minority of people who do the work of growing the food. Some of the concerns get translated in the regulations, laws, or general policy by specific governments.

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 28, 2012

The HSUS, in their mission to tell their version of how farms operate, sometimes does not provide the whole story or misrepresents the facts.

Investigations of HSUS Investigations - Rod Smith, Staff Editor Writer, Feedstuffs, shares how he was told by HSUS what to expect from an "exposed" farm and what he really experienced. From the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

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.