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March 13, 2017

The AgChat Foundation ( is looking for four non-agriculture majors students or recent graduates to participate on a food panel April 1 between 11am & 2pm at the 2017 Collegiate Congress, being held at Monsanto ( Olive Blvd & Lindbergh Blvd campus, map link: ).

February 11, 2016

Dr. Robert Fraley, Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto - Genetic Science, Food, and PeopleGenetic Science, Food, and People Dr. Robert Fraley, Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto, shares stories of genetic science and its relation to food and consumers. Dr. Fraley points out steps we need to take as an industry, specifically starting with being truly engaged on social media, as that is how the public is getting their information

January 7, 2015

Consumers are concerned about antibiotic resistance and are demanding action from farmers and ranchers. Physicians worry that antibiotic over use in human health will also be impacted. To help understand the issues, researchers and experts from all aspects of human and animal health came together to continue the dialog and make plans for change around the use of antibiotics.

December 2, 2014

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.

December 2, 2014

Transgenic, or genetic engineering, of animals continues to evolve. Genetic engineering is not a technology that is going to replace standard breeding methods. Rather, it will add access to genetic variation, increasing the pool of genetic diversity that can be worked with.

July 10, 2014

10 Global Points of ViewPointers To Other Ideas What are some other thoughts from around the world?:

May 29, 2014

Can Agriculture Save the Planet Before it Destroys It? - Dr. Marcella Szymanski, Senior Advisor for Biotechnology in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, from the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholder Summit Titled Cracking the Millennial Code Stakeholder Summit, May 8 - 9, 2014, Crystal City, VA, USA.

September 28, 2013

Agriculture is becoming more than just growing corn, soybeans, cattle, chickens, and pigs. There are many players in agriculture beyond the farm to help organize produce, deliver supplies, develop products, and distribute to sellers. Farm products are transformed into various food products delivered through a variety of outlets.

August 27, 2013

The Folly of PredictionThe Folly of Prediction Freakonomics re-published their episode The Folly of Prediction, which looks at the process, art, science, and magic of making predictions. 

At about 28 min in is the segment on how the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service makes crop yield predictions. Joe Prusacki, Director, Statistics Division, helps explain the details on yield predictions.

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Audio: Freakonomics' The Folly of Prediction.

August 27, 2013

What are your tools for making predictions and making plans for the future? There are many approaches and many resources. And yet there is no surefire way to really predict 100%. What can you do? First off is to listen to those that are following some of the detail. For example Dr.

July 30, 2013

Youth In AgricultureFinding Talent In Youth Farmers and Ranchers in are getting older and the next generation will have a different view on agriculture than their predecessors. How do young people learn about agriculture and discover an interest and possibly a career? This AgChat conversation asks about how to connect with young people.

March 5, 2013

Show Me the Money: Economic Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyer, President of Paragon Economics, from the 2013 Iowa Pork Congress, January 23-24, Des Moines, IA, USA.

November 27, 2012

Issues in Developing Alternatives to Antimicrobials - Dr. Aoife Corrigan, Alltech, from the 2012 NIAA One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Symposium, November 13-15, 2012, Columbus, OH, USA.

November 27, 2012

Overview of Alternatives to Antibiotics in Agriculture - Dr. Cyril Gay, USDA, ARS, from the 2012 NIAA One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Symposium, November 13-15, 2012, Columbus, OH, USA.

November 27, 2012

The Future of Antimicrobials - Dr. Rich Carnevale, AHI, VP Regulatory, Scientific & International Affairs , from the 2012 NIAA One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Symposium, November 13-15, 2012, Columbus, OH, USA.

November 13, 2012

Aidan Connolly, Alltech Inc.'s Vice President Corporate Accounts, shares some thoughts on the future of agriculture. Long term, Aidan believes the outlook is very optimistic because more people are going to want to consume better quality food. However, in the short term, Aidian thinks the policy decisions related to corn based ethanol and the abilities to respond to food crisis are in need of better approaches. From the NAMA Fall Conference, September 25-26, 2012, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

November 1, 2012

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.

October 11, 2012

Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, shares insights on how extension will continue play a part in communities and the world.

October 2, 2012

Devin Fidler, Institute For The Future, shares how Creative Disruption in Higher Education is taking place today.

February 29, 2012

Johanna Nesseth Tuttle, Center for Strategic & International Studies; VP, Strategic Planning; Director, CSIS Global Food Security Project, presents "Seven Revolutions and the World in 2030" at the Food and Agricultural Communications Symposium.

January 10, 2012

The population continues to increase to levels that concern those that grow and produce food. Many believe there is a need to develop technologies that will increase food production at least by 50% to support the expected population of 2050 (9.8 billion by some estimates). While there is general agreement that the population will increase and that access to food will be an issue, there is no definitive solution.