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May 22, 2015

Is Agriculture an appeaser feeding the activist crocodile, hoping it will eat him last?

Brian Klippenstein, Executive Director, Protect the Harvest, works for an organization that is willing to wade into politics and conversations about agriculture and food affordability. Mr. Klippenstein shares some of the tactics and approaches being taken by activists against agriculture.

Mr. Klippenstein closes with a quote from Winston Churchill that sums up some of the activity against agriculture: "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."; Mr. Klippenstein suggests that sometimes we need to directly take on activists.

June 9, 2014

Is the U.S. really ready for outbreaks like porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv)?

PEDV - Next Steps - Dr. Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council, provides a policy and political point of view on the resources needed for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) research, management, and eradication. Dr. Wagstrom details the dollars being requested from the US Congress to support the USDA, National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) & Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

June 2, 2014

Are you trying to connect with the US Congress but can't seem to make heads or tails of the Institution? Congressional staffers are who you need to be connecting with.

It’s Not What You Know: Millennial Staffers on the HillIt’s Not What You Know: Millennial Staffers on the Hill - Panel: Joe Williamson, Legislative Director for Congressman Cory Gardner, CO; Alexandria Igleheart, Legislative Assistant for Congressman Mac Thornberry, TX; Grant Colvin, Policy Analyst for the Senate Committee on Agriculture; Moderated by Chandler Keys, Pres

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.

November 5, 2013

What is the impact of regulation and legislation on farmers and ranchers? How is the US Farm Bill evolving?

AgChat on the USA Farm BillFarm Bill Goes To Washington? The USA Farm Bill is a complex piece of legislation. It contains funding for many things in and out of agriculture. But the focus the general public hears the most about are subsides and farmers receiving funds that might appear as a handout. This AgChat conversation asks questions about the legislation plus looks at other government regulation.

June 3, 2013

How do ag-gag laws change how people perceive agriculture and farmers?

Ag-Gag LawsAg-Gag: Good or Bad? Many states are aiming to put in place "ag-gag" laws to stop undercover filming on farms and ranches. What is an "Ag Gag" law and how does it impact farmers, ranchers, and the public? This AgChat conversation looks at the issues. Are you in a state with Ag-Gag laws?

May 7, 2013

Regulations are needed in many areas but when do they need to be changed?

AgChat on Regulations in Agriculture?Regulations? Help or Hinder? Regulations are a part of farm and ranch life. Many regulations are put in place to help save lives and protect consumers. Some of them cost farmers and rancher money to stay compliant. Some regulations become cumbersome because their original intent is no longer valid but one must still comply. This #AgChat conversation looks into how regulations affect farms and ranches and offers one thoughts on changes.

February 18, 2013

The word subsidy lumps many forms of agriculture support into one word when it is really many types of support.

Subsidies are a component of agriculture monetary flows in pretty much all developed countries around the world. The reasons for having a subsidy varies, though many types of subsidies are in place to help guarantee some form of payment for an agricultural crop in the event of a disaster, poor market prices, or foreign competition.

In the United States, subsidies tend to be lumped into a single term but there are actually several different kinds of subsidies.

June 26, 2012

What is in the Senate Farm Bill legislation - and what is not?

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June 4, 2012

What are some of the issues facing animal agriculture? Issues like improving animal identification and its systems, emergency management, emerging diseases, and global animal health are top of mind.

The 2012 National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Meeting offered many opportunities to learn more about the issues within animal agriculture and what solutions are being pursued. Core to the conversations was the topic of living in a world of decreasing resources & increasing regulation.

Held March 26 - 29, 2012, in Denver, CO, USA, people from many parts of the country representing multiple species learn about the efforts to improve animal identification and its systems, emergency management, emerging diseases, and global animal health.

June 1, 2012

This is a fiscally difficult session, with many of those in Congress expecting reductions in spending for Farm Bill programs. Also, the current Farm Bill was put into action in 2008 and many of the pieces expire September 2012. What will happen and what are the issues?

Agrculture Outlook 2012 - Anne Hazlett, chief counsel to the Senate Ag Committee, and Pete Thomson, senior professional staffer with the House Ag Committee, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

June 1, 2012

Annette Sweeney, Representative, Iowa General Assembly, provides some background on the Ag Protection Act that was put into law in Iowa. Some have called this the 'Ag Gag Bill'. The activities that went into the development of the legislation took much negotiation, hard compromise, and much longer than many expected.

Protecting Farmers' Rights at the State Level - Annette Sweeney, Representative, Iowa General Assembly, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

June 1, 2012

Sue Wallis, Representative, Wyoming State Legislature, talks about what is going on at the state level, with respect to agriculture, politics, and the current relationship states have with various animal rights groups.

Protecting Farmers’ Rights at the State Level - Sue Wallis, Representative, Wyoming State Legislature, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

May 15, 2012

The design and development of the USA Farm Bill 2012 has been going for several years. What is needed to get from here to there? Will agricultural subsidy policy and implementation be changed? How will farm subsidies change? Will the US presidential election delay the Farm Bill?

Getting To A Farm BIll 2012The 2012 Farm Bill is a complicated piece of legislation, with so many people in volved and changes occurring that is it difficult to keep up. Use these resources to help your research into understanding the issues.

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 27, 2012

Is there a movement for antimicrobial clawback? How about animal welfare warfare?

Is there a movement for antimicrobial clawback? How about animal welfare warfare? How do you track the legislation/regulation environment when on the one hand we're losing access to products that help maintain a safe food supply and healthy animals, and on the other hand we see our ability to manage animal housing being usurped by Washington?

April 19, 2012

It seems like there is a lot of opportunity for 'mischief' in Washington right now. We share a conversation with producer Bill Luckey on his congressional testimony about HR 3798. A.K.A.the Egg Bill, is the bill which was the outcome of a United Egg Producers/Humane Society of the United States agreement.

It seems like there is a lot of opportunity for 'mischief' in Washington right now. We share a conversation with producer Bill Luckey on his congressional testimony about HR 3798. A.K.A. Egg Bill, is the bill which was the outcome of a United Egg Producers/Humane Society of the United States agreement.

April 2, 2012

What are some of the economics of regulation to animal agriculture?

Cost of Increased Regulations on Animal Welfare to Producers and Consumers - Dr. André Williamson, Vice President & Senior Consultant, Agralytica, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

March 30, 2012

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February 22, 2012

What are the coming year's pork industry policy issues for 2012?

Your Investments at Work: National Organization Update, Part I Policy, Regulations, Trade - Neil Dierks, CEO, National Pork Producers Council, from the 2012 Iowa Pork Congress, January 24 - 26, Des Moines, IA, USA.

February 21, 2012

Ken Cook offers a personal view on agriculture and thoughts on farmers telling their story.

Ken Cook, Executive Director, Environmental Working Group, speaks at Food and Agricultural Communications Symposium as part of the Food and Ag, Colliding Beliefs and Common Ground Panel.

February 9, 2012

What are some of the economic issues in the swine industry?

The series of presentations now online at SwineCast.com/ConferenceConnection will be of value for your organization.