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April 14, 2014

Is there a role of the state government in managing water?

Beyond Bonds: How Else Can the State Help Fill the Gap? - Panel. From the Public Policy Institute of California Presentations & discussion held April 10, 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA.

April 14, 2014

Why is California failing in key areas of water management?

Fiscal Orphans: Floods, Small Systems, Stormwater, and Watersheds - Panel. from the Public Policy Institute of California Presentations & discussion held April 10, 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA.

April 14, 2014

What is pushing California water agencies to be more transparent to consumers?

Time to Talk Constitutional Reforms for Water Finance? - Panel. From the Public Policy Institute of California Presentations & discussion held April 10, 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA.

April 14, 2014

How California handles its water issues will set the tone for the rest of the United States. Where will water flow, who is in charge, what life style changes are needed?

Water in California is past a crisis yet action seem limited. The Public Policy Institute of California brought together several panels to talk about the issues, concerns, possible solutions, and actions that all involved need to consider. Presentations & discussion held April 10, 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA.

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Introduction by Ellen Hanak with an Overview of the PPIC Water Finance Study

February 19, 2014

What are you doing for your health? Exercise, diet, and lifestyle are things you can change... But do you?

FoodChat on Heart Health MonthFood, Health and Heart: What Are You Doing? February is American Heart Month [CDC info]. This FoodChat looks at what people are doing around food, exercise, health, and life.

February 13, 2014

Hyperbole occurs all around, from those in agriculture, activists, and consumer groups.

Food Safety & Antibiotics: Perceptions vs. Reality - Dr. Richard Raymond, Former Undersecretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA.

November 26, 2013

What do consumers believe about food and groceries?

Consumer and Food: Perceptions, Realities and Steps Towards Instilling Confidence - Mr. Tom Heinen, Heinen’s Fine Foods (17 stores throughout Ohio and Illinois), from the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

Mr. Tom Heinen, Co-President, Heinen’s Fine Foods in 17 stores throughout Ohio and Illinois, shares his retail view of consumer and food perceptions. He also expresses the realities that come from his interactions with consumers and what steps his company takes to instilling confidence.

September 17, 2013

What food safety issues are you worried about? Where do you go for more information?

FoodChat on Food SafetyIs Food Safe? We never really think about food safety until someone you know gets sick on the news highlights an outbreak. This FoodChat conversations covers what people believe and resources to use when more information is needed.

June 18, 2013

Summer time has lots of food options. What do you do?

FoodChat on Summer FoodSummer Time FoodChat Summer time is when there are a wide range of food choices. Farmers markets, food trucks, and your very own garden offer new ways to sample and taste. This FoodChat conversation shares some thoughts on the variety and breadth summer time offers.

June 11, 2013

Have questions about agriculture? This recent AgChat convo was an open mic night with a variety of questions and topics.

AgChat on Open Mic TopicsWhat Are Your Questions For Ag? Agriculture has many different approaches. This AgChat conversation looks into various farm, ranch, and food points of view with this special Open Mic Night.

April 12, 2013

Using the power of media and a bit of sex appeal, the Farm Kings with The King Family of Freedom Farms share their views and join the #AgChat conversation on Transparency in Agriculture.

Agriculture TransparencyFarm King Transparency Special guests Farm Kings (@FarmKings) join the #AgChat conversation about transparency in agriculture and how they approach their show on GAC. How should farmers and ranchers approach telling their story? How can one handle the trolls? And what actually is involved in making a TV show?

March 5, 2013

How are consumers reacting to antibiotics used in food animal agriculture?

Antimicrobials and FoodBacteria at the Gate? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released the 2011 Retail Meat Report and the 2011 Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals. These documents, the most recent as of February 2013, highlight there are some serious concerns about the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture.

Wired Magazine's Superbug blog is publishing material that many people are seeing this month, shaping consumer views on how agriculture needs to operate.

How are farmers and ranchers participating in these conversations? Farmers and ranchers are aware of the issue and are participating (see 2012 One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance and Use ).

February 25, 2013

How you prepared to learn about how consumers feel about animal agriculture and meat sales?

Messages that Resonate With Consumers - Jarrod Sutton, National Pork Board Assistant Vice President, Foodservice, Retail and Channel Marketing, from the 2013 Minnesota Pork Congress, January 16-17, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

February 20, 2013

How can farmers and ranchers expand their ring of connectedness to people not in agriculture?

Ray Prock and Jeff Fowle, both California farmers and ranchers, provide a perspective on the evolution of digital and social media in agriculture and the need to connect with people not familiar with farming and how food is raised.

"I think we've reached the time where the ability to create an app for some online feature that is useful to people outside of agriculture is going to be the next focus" says Jeff Fowle

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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.

November 13, 2012

Urban Ag is a growing industry. What are some of the tools to review?

Urban AgricultureUrban Agriculture is a phenomenon consumers are starting to connect with. What are some of the issues and resources? These links can help.

July 11, 2012

China is a commanding pork market and they cannot just rely on pork imports to meet their consumer demands. Chinese pork production has been labeled as being in the 1950's and Chinese farmers are working to change this. What is happening and what should global pork production operations do?

Ned Arthur,, along with several people from JBS United are in Quingdao, China this week and next as part of a Chinese pork production learning series.

Ned shares a report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy that highlights the scaling of pork production requirements to meet the needs of the Chinese consumer. Meat consumption has quadrupled in China since 1980 to its current level (2011) of 54 kg (119 pounds) per person per year. That increase in demand results in building a pork production infrastructure, requiring more of all inputs, including feed grains, nutrients, and animal health products [PDF].

July 10, 2012

What are some of the concerns farmers have in bringing produce to farmers markets?

AgChat on Farmers Markets and Community Farmers Markets and Consumers What are some of the issues and requirements for farmers to sell their produce at farmers markets? How are farmers markets and opportunity to connect with consumers? These are some of the discussion points from this week's AgChat.

July 3, 2012

Knee High by the 4th of July: AgChat discussion on a variety of topics this holiday.

AgChat on Open Topics Knee High by the 4th of July Independence Day (July 4th) is a time for enjoying the weather, time off, family time, and fireworks. It is also a time to grill and think about how the weather is affecting crops and livestock. This AgChat discussion covers several topics like food labeling, drought, and connecting with consumers.

May 30, 2012

How are people talking about agriculture in the media? And why do farmers need to use Google+

Reminder: Agvocacy 2.0 Application Deadline June 4th - The deadline for the Agvocacy 2.0 social media training conference application is June 4th, 11:59pm ET.

May 18, 2012

Dr. André Williamson, Agralytica Senior Consultant, shares information on impacts to US consumers of the regulations that negatively impact US animal production, and potentially shift production overseas. This shift will mean increased food coasts, reduced demand, and potentially increase food safety incidents.

The Cost of Increased Regulation to Producers and Consumers - Dr. André Williamson, Agralytica Senior Consultant, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

May 18, 2012

How do food and consumers come together? In the US, many times it is at the grocery store. Consumers make their food choices and that message (through their purchases) get communicated back to production agriculture farms. Greg Ferrara, National Grocers Association, highlights how grocery stores can help educate and inform consumers on farmers' behalf.

Communicating Shared Values Across the Food Chain - Greg Ferrara, National Grocers Association, VP of Public Affairs, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

May 14, 2012

"We can't wait a day or two. We've got to respond in minutes!" Greg Ferrara, VP of Public Affairs, National Grocers Association, offers this insight in today's social media world and consumer demands.

PoultryCast offers a great update on the Farm Bill discussion, with focus on legislation that impacts animal agriculture. Staffers expect possible floor debates on animal welfare concerns following the United Egg Producer - HSUS agreement [see Gene Gregory, President, United Egg Producers, presentation video].

April 25, 2012

Where does food come from? Consumers ask questions, farmers learn about consumers in the #FoodChat conversation.

Where does your food come from? Food Comes From Someplace Food is everywhere and yet where does it come from? Consumers see food stacked and organized in groceries and restaurants magically bring the food from the kitchen. But food has to come from someplace, doesn't it? This FoodChat aims to help consumers understand the origins of food and help farmers learn more about consumer's questions.