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February 4, 2015

Can we share our story in an authentic way that's fun?

Francesca DeBiase, Vice President for Strategic Sourcing & Sustainability, Worldwide Supply Chain, McDonald’s, shares a video of people from different backgrounds and ages showing off their football (soccer) ball handling skills in surprising settings. The video is "about sharing our story in an authentic way that's fun". For beef sustainability,

February 4, 2015

The "S" word is over used and, from a farmer perspective, the word is lost in the conversations.

Karl Williams, Director, FAI Farms with Benchmark Holdings, talks about farmers can measure sustainability. He suggests the "S" word is over used and, from a farmer perspective, the word is lost in the conversations.

Mr. Williams uses the model of the three Es (Economics, Ethics, and Environment) throughout the presentation, highlighting how real farmers are accomplishing sustainability. He suggests there only needs to be a set of simple measures in order for there to be a meaningful conversation.

February 4, 2015

How is the farming of global beef coming together with the discussions around sustainability?

Sustainability is something agriculture is working to understand, measure, and take action on. This is being done from a variety of angles and groups. The 2014 Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), November 2 -5, 2014, São Paulo, Brazil, provides information on the types of sustainability efforts occurring in and around beef.

February 4, 2015

We can not separate ourselves from the land; We are the land, and the land is us.

Tre’ Cates, Chief Operating Officer/CFO, Savory Institute, points out how holistic management provides the management tools to understand nature and work with it. Mr. Cates says that the opportunity is to recognize that what is happening on farms is something that can increase the livelihoods of people, through holistic management of the world’s grasslands.

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.

February 13, 2014

Is Congress Dysfunctional? And what does that mean for 2014/2015 legislation plus the mid term elections?

Washington Update: Will Dysfunctional Washington Ever Function - Jim Wiesemeyer, Informa Economics, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA.

October 29, 2013

How is the term 'Big Ag' being used to convey an image or message? What are 'Family Farms' doing to change their image?

AgChat on Family Farm vs Big AgCan Big Ag also be Family Farm? Media use of the term Big Ag is generally used to set a tone of big is bad and must be stopped. Family farms are viewed as homey, warm, and very American. What is the difference between family farms and big ag? How can the two views be correct and yet different?

September 3, 2013

Farmers and social media sounds odd. But they are no different than the rest of world. They are proud of their work and want to let you know about it.

Why Farmers and Ranchers Use Social MediaWhy Use Social Media in Ag? What about social media that farmers and ranchers like? The reach and simplicity to share. But why else share? What are some of the reasons for talking to total strangers about agriculture? This AgChat conversation asks them directly.

August 13, 2013

What questions do you have? This open topic AgChat conversation aims to help answer what ever is on your mind.

Open Topic NightOpen Topic Night Have questions, Got Answers. This AgChat open topic night offered thoughts on farmers' favorite super heros to favorite childhood memory from growing up on a farm.

July 16, 2013

Do you have multiple things going on in the summer? Feel like time slips by? Learn about how to change habits around procrastination! Also, consumers want information about animal agriculture. What people are imagining what is happening inside animal sheds is way worse than what is actually happening. Share what actually does happen!

This article has a mix of interviews and media stories to help with time management and to help you prepare to handle information for the Animal Disease Traceability final rule.

Are you worried about equipment theft? What about equipment that is not easily monitored by staff? Netirrigate offers example security options for remote irrigation systems [audio].

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 4, 2013

What is on your mind about food and agriculture? Ask a farmer or rancher!

Ask A Farmer or RancherQuestions? Ask A Farmer or Rancher What do you want to know about farming, ranching, or agriculture? This #FoodChat focused on helping non-farm, non-ranch people learn more about who live and work on ranches and farms. Find out about how things get done and discover what people in agriculture think about some hot ag topics.

April 4, 2013

Yes, farmers and ranchers are using social media full force to share their experiences. What does the future look like and what are approaches agriculture needs to think about when sharing?

Ag Advancing Social Media #AgChat is four years old. When the Twitter conversations started there were many people that did not believe farmers or ranchers would use (or want to use) social media. Four years later farmers and ranchers are using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and many other methods to share their story about agriculture. This #AgChat brings in some of the experiences farmers and ranchers are having, what tools they prefer, and where the future might be.

November 2, 2012

A recent Leman Swine conference presentation asks if the measure of pigs per sow per year is financially valuable to know. Also, Dr. Ed Pajor, University of Calgary, updates swine professionals on the group sow housing research.

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2012 Antibiotic Discussion Symposium, A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use and Resistance is only a couple of weeks away so your registration time is limited.

October 18, 2012

Learn about sow lactation and aflatoxin-tainted corn issues.

Great presentations continue to come to you from the University of Minnesota's 2012 Leman Conference. An excellent presentation by Dr. Walter Hurley on sow lactation headlines our home page and this issue of the SwineCast update.

August 22, 2012

What goes into growing chilies?

How are chilies grown? - Mary Alice Garay, 2012 Ag Media Summit, Albuquerque, NM, USA, August 6, 2012.

May 10, 2012

Do you have the right fencing? Will the cows stay or will they go?

HayTalk on Fencing Design Fencing DesignFencing is key to keeping your livestock around. The type and style of the fencing are some aspects to consider when adding or upgrading fencing. This HayTalk chat covers some of the details.

May 1, 2012

The third-annual Agvocacy 2.0 social media training conference is coming in August and applications are now available. Plus, are you ready for data journalism?

Marketing and Agriculture Posts To Help You

May 1, 2012

All living things need food. What do plants and farm animals need?

AgChat on Nutrients for plants & animalsWhat Are Nutrients for Plants & Animals? Plants and animals need food to grow. What do farmers and ranchers do to provide the food and what are the issues they must handle? #AgChat farmers and ranchers provide some insights and learn what others are doing.

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.

April 24, 2012

It is spring time and planting is beginning. How do farmers decide on what to plant?

AgChat on Planting choices<br />
Planting Choices It is spring time and fields are being prepared for planting. But what to plant? How do farmers decide when to plant? And what actions are taken to enhance the environment? Planting choices are the subject of this week's #AgChat conversation.

March 21, 2012

What do foodies, farmers, and chefs do to connect?


FoodChat on Food and Ag, Panel with Registered Dietitians
Eating Out with Chefs, Farmers & Foodies What is your favorite restaurant and why? Do you look at food labels while eating out? As a restauranteur, do you connect with local farmers for food sources? This #FoodChat discusses eating out, being foodies, and what that connection means to consumers and farmers.

January 27, 2012

iPad + Technology + Pigs? Humans aim to keep pigs entertained.

How can you not love this! Pigs that play. This art and design project from Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) Wageningen University and Research Centre aims to understand how provide entertainment to pigs.

The driver for this research is European legislation that requires pig farmers to provide entertainment in the pens to combat boredom, aggression and tail biting amongst pigs, which will hopefully eliminate the need for routine tail-docking.