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November 28, 2017

What are the issues of the coming population growth?

Dr. Douglas Southgate, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, reflects on the coming population growth, the concerns that will face governments and businesses, and the economics of this future [video].

December 2, 2014

The end of year holidays is when many people give pause to consider those that don't have food or support to help them through. This #AgChat Conversation highlights some of the issues, thoughts, and approaches to helping others.

#FoodThanks ConversationsWhat Do You Do To Help? The holidays are times when focus on hunger, support, and just plain helping is greatest. This #AgChat looks at the ideas behind #FoodThanks, what people are doing, and generating ideas for people to grasp and run with.

August 8, 2013

The conversations about world food production and harvesting the world biosphere to support the population is gaining attention of influential people.

"Where's the Beef" took on a new meaning when a petri dish of beef, grown from bovine stem cells, was grilled and served up during an internationally televised event [blog]. This media sensation does have some interesting angles for those in agriculture. The metrics on meat production from the World Health Organization (WHO) and statements from the U.N.

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 ).

November 1, 2012

What will your production agriculture business do differently in light of local and global changes in how food is perceived?

In the United States, the way consumers look at agriculture is not through the lens of a farmer or rancher but through the lens of feeding their family. Perceptions on how food is raised is not (normally) set by agriculture professionals but by media and marketing visuals and statements made by advocate organizations.

November 1, 2012

How food is perceived does affect how agriculture needs to operate.

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October 29, 2012

What does it take to improve agriculture in a third world country? Captain Peter Shinn shares what efforts the US Government is doing in Afghanistan to improve their agricultural processes and industry.

Boots on the Ground, Improving Afghanistan’s Agriculture - Captain Peter Shinn, 2012 Ag Media Summit, Albuquerque, NM, USA, August 7, 2012.

September 18, 2012

September is Food Safety Awareness Month. Are you ready?

FoodChat on Food Safety Are You Food Safe Aware? September is Food Safety Awareness Month. This FoodChat conversation on Twitter had a special guest from FoodInsight.org to help highlight consumer perceptions on food safety in the US and how those perceptions affect buying decisions.

April 16, 2012

Brian Rittgers highlights that making safe, affordable, abundant food on a global scale requires many people and ideas. There is no more land and the many players in agriculture must look to technologies and efficiencies to help address hunger that could be real in the coming 40 years.

Making Safe, Affordable, Abundant Food a Global Reality - Brian Rittgers, Director of Global Management Development, Elanco, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

April 15, 2012

Dr. Hoang details recent development on the bans on antimicrobials, labeling, and the impacts to food safety.

Veterinarian’s Oversight of Antimicrobials - Dr. Christine Hoang, American Veterinary Medical Association, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

April 15, 2012

Mr. Herlihy provides the reporters view of the aftermath of a foreign animal disease occurrence, food safety issues, or misreported animal food industry issues.

A Global Perspective on Market Reactions to and Mitigation of Foreign Animal Disease Occurrence - Jim Herlihy, U.S. Meat Export Federation, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

March 17, 2012

Consumers are key to setting trends for food. What are farmers and ranchers missing?


What Consumers Want
What Consumers Want If you, as a consumer, had the opportunity to ask farmers and ranchers questions, what would you ask? Better yet, what would you like farmers and ranchers to know about you and your family’s food buying decisions? This AgChat convo brings in several consumers (@mz55qrf, @agrospheric, @RyanByrneTweets, @hoadlck, and @jay_kitchener) to find out what consumers want.

February 2, 2012

Can the world use less natural resources to grow more food for 9 billion people by 2050?

José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), delivers the keynote at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture Berlin 2012, held 19 - 21 January 2012, Berlin, Germany.

His key points of challenge for FAO over the next several years? Women are key in food security; use and conserve natural resources better; and create sustainable food production using less external resources to grow more.

January 18, 2012

China needs resources to nutritionally sustain its population. What is China's agriculture history and its future direction?

China has 1.34 billion people that require, daily, resources to sustain their needs. Food is a major need. China's arable land, which represents 10% of the total arable land in the world, has to support over 20% of the world's population [Wikipedia]. To insure there are sources of food available to its people, China is working to develop relationships with companies and governments the world over.

January 18, 2012

China needs resources to nutritionally sustain its population. What is China's agriculture history and its future direction?

China has 1.34 billion people that require, daily, resources to sustain their needs. Food is a major need. China's arable land, which represents 10% of the total arable land in the world, has to support over 20% of the world's population [Wikipedia]. To insure there are sources of food available to its people, China is working to develop relationships with companies and governments the world over.