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May 22, 2015

What are the sustainability trends driving the conversations within Nestlé?

Brian Jones, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Nestlé North America Procurement, talks about sustainability and the trends that are driving the conversations within Nestlé.

Mr. Jones closes with several key points: Nestlé has recognized the need to sharpen it’s focus on sustainability and Nestlé is committed to measuring and reporting its progress.

May 22, 2015

Has the poultry business arrived late to the sustainability table?

Paul Bredwell, Vice President of Environmental Programs, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, opens with an admission that the poultry business is late to the table with sustainability solutions.

Mr. Bredwell shares what is being done today to develop, launch, and execute sustainability programs. Mr. Bredwell closes with an outline of what will happen next and what key performance indicators will be used.

April 24, 2015

FoodTank is a mix of media, event, and personality that is driving food conversations for consumers and providers.

Danielle Nierenberg - The Role of Food in Social JusticeChanging The Food System This short conversation between Danielle Nierenberg, FoodTank, and Frank Sesno, the Ag Issues Forum host and master of ceremonies, highlights some of the thoughts that many people outside of agriculture have about the business of growing and producing food.

Danielle shares how she arrived at co-founding FoodTank as a way to raise the level of awareness about food, nutrition, and the environment within communities of people interested in food. She also talks about how she developed FoodTank as a digital and event based platform to carry the food messages further.

March 10, 2015

More focus on water is occurring at the consumer level, driving action at the policy and commercial use level. What are some resources to learn more?

Water ResourcesWater Resources More focus on water is occurring at the consumer level, driving action at the policy and commercial use level. Below are several stories and resources to help the conversations toward developing water solutions for everyone.

March 1, 2015

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.

More info at http://agtoday.us/ppic-pay4water-info-page

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

January 9, 2015

Why is beef sustainable important today and what factors contribute to "sustainability"?

Dr. Sara Place, Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems, Oklahoma State University, presents as to why beef sustainable is important today and what factors contribute to "sustainability".

Dr. Place offers perspectives on the various aspects of sustainability and what people believe about them. Her take away is that all stakeholders have very different ways of looking at a problem and there is a need to understand them to work toward supporting sustainability solutions.

January 9, 2015

Why is beef sustainable important today and what factors contribute to "sustainability"?

Dr. Sara Place, Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems, Oklahoma State University, presents as to why beef sustainable is important today and what factors contribute to "sustainability".

Dr. Place offers perspectives on the various aspects of sustainability and what people believe about them. Her take away is that all stakeholders have very different ways of looking at a problem and there is a need to understand them to work toward supporting sustainability solutions.

January 9, 2015

Environmental Defense Fund is one group that listens and works in a practical aspect to achieve beef sustainability.

Maggie Monast, Environmental Defense Fund, introduces the EDF as one group that listens and works in a practical aspect to achieve beef sustainability. Ms. Monast shares some of the EDF initiatives that focuses on sustainable sourcing and the supply chain structure to meet the needs of people, prosperity, and the planet.

How is the EDF working with the beef industry? By working directly with the whole supply chain and supporting the activity with data & information.

December 30, 2014

How much water do you believe you use in a day? Do you know how much you actually use?

Dr. Shahzeen Attari - Perceptions of Water UseWhat Do You Believe About Water? Dr. Shahzeen Attari, Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs, shares consumer and market research on what people believe about water usage in everyday settings and the impacts those beliefs have on setting water policy and practice. This presentation is from the 2014 conference on Defining Indiana's Water Needs: Research & Solutions [agenda], held December 12, 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

December 2, 2014

Dr. Nate Hagens, University of Minnesota, provides a view of the world through three lenses: Energy, Environment, and Human Behavior. Dr. Hagens believes how people view these three lenses are going to shape the world in years leading up to when the population grows to 9 billion people.Take away: Money is a marker for energy and natural resources. In the long run energy is what we have to budget and spend! And: We need technology… But not new gadgets.

Feeding the World in the 21st Century- A Wide Boundary Perspective - Dr. Nate Hagens, University of Minnesota, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

September 7, 2014

What does a logger have to say about how farmers & ranchers approach to connecting with consumers, legislators, and larger public?

Bruce Vincent – Listening Is A Great Way To Improve Your Food/Farm ConversationsBe Active, Get Out & Connect Bruce Vincent, 3rd generation logger from Montana, says it is key to listen and then act when talking with the public about farming, ranching, and the environment.

July 9, 2014

What is "polar vortex" and how does that affect agriculture? Dr. Taylor helps explain the weather terms and their impacts to agriculture.

Weather Outlook 2014 - Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, explains how the term "polar vortex" has entered the popular lexicon. Dr. Taylor helps explain the term, what they are, and how they impact agriculture.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2014-world-pork-expo

July 9, 2014

What does it means to help consumers understand pork, raising pigs, and maintaining business viability over time?

Sustainability in Pork Production - Pigs, Planet, People - Jamie Burr, Tyson Fresh Meats, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Jamie Burr, Tyson Fresh Meats, shares ideas on what it means to help consumers understand pork, raising pigs, and maintaining business viability over time. Mr. Burr offers information on what sustainability means for pork producers and how to help people learn more.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2014-world-pork-expo

June 3, 2014

Do you know what sustainability means, in terms of action?

Defining Environmental SustainabilityDefining Environmental Sustainability - Panel: Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health; Dr. Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund; Aidan Connolly, Vice President of Corporate Accounts for Alltech; Dr.

May 28, 2014

What are the connections between the environment and cows?

How Beef & Dairy Will Deal with the Precautionary Principle? - Frank M. Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of California Davis, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled 'The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive', March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.

April 14, 2014

Does California faces serious funding gaps in water management?, says Ellen Hanak, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). She describes issues, obstacles, and potential solutions in the first of four videos from the PPIC event Paying for Water in California.

Overview of the PPIC Water Finance Study - Ellen Hanak, from the Public Policy Institute of California Presentations & discussion held April 10, 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA.

California faces serious funding gaps in five key areas of water management, says Ellen Hanak, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). She describes issues, obstacles, and potential solutions in the first of four videos from the PPIC event Paying for Water in California.

More info at http://agtoday.us/ppic-pay4water-info-page

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.

March 24, 2014

What are some of the issues about water and its future?

water resourcesUnderstanding the Water Flow Water is clearly critical to life. But water is a very regional resource. Some areas have plenty of water and there is no concern. Other areas have no water but their neighbors do. Below are some resources to better understand the issues and solutions.

March 12, 2014

Approaches to growing crops vary. How are no till and cover crops helping improve farming?

AgChat on No Till and Cover CropsWhat are No Till and Cover Crops? With #AgChat guest from Indiana’s Conservation Cropping Systems INitiative, this conversation shared how cover crops work and described what no till does for crops.

March 12, 2014

Water is becoming more of an issue and farmers are feeling the effects now. What are some approaches and conversations to solving issues and / or conserving water?

AgChat on Water, Water, WaterFeeling High and Dry? In many parts of the US, water is taken for granted. But there are concerns about the future "easy access" to water. In the last few years the concerns about water for agriculture have gained national prominence, mainly through the news about fires and lack of hay for cattle. This AgChat conversation shares some thoughts on what farmers and ranchers are doing to take on the challenges the lack of water brings.

November 1, 2013

How agriculture is part of the environment and what effects are occurring?

How Do We Feed A Growing World Without Destroying The Planet? - Dr. John Foley - University of Minnesota , Institute of the Environment, from the Leman Pork Conference, September 18-21, 2010, RiverCentre, St Paul, MN, USA.

Dr. Foley brings together data and stories on how agriculture is part of the environment and what effect are occurring. He also points out some of the myths about agriculture's impacts plus some of the realities.

September 6, 2013

California farmers use 50,000 to 75,000 tons of plastic per year. Americans do less recycling and ship plastic trash to China. China wants better quality plastic and has setup a Green Fence policy. This will force the USA to upgrade facilities to handle plastic better so China will buy it.

What does happen to the plastic bottles and raspberry containers you put out by the curb every Thursday? Interestingly, they are sent to Chinese recycling facilities. China is now only accepting high-value plastic, and California’s farmers are grappling with what to do with the 50,000 to 75,000 tons of plastic they use each year.