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SwineCast Update for January 12, 2011, Locate Your McRib?

SwineCast will be joining you at the MN Pork Congress (St. Paul, Jan 18-19) and the Iowa Pork Congress (Des Moines, Jan 25-26).  In addition we'll be sharing Farmscape.ca coverage of the Banff Swine Seminar, courtesy good friend Bruce Cochrane.  Be sure to check back regularly, or better yet set up your free downloads via iTunes to carry SwineCast with you [iTunes link].

Be sure to hear the conversation with Chris Novak, CEO of the National Pork Board, as we discuss strategic communication efforts currently underway to increase consumption in the U.S.  Good stuff, and a link to the McRib Tracker website!
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Truffle Media Update for January 5, 2012, Learn How Social Media Is Being Used by HSUS.

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Marketing and Agriculture Posts To Help You

  1. Audio: Do You Have Leadership Traits? - Ian Davis, retired Managing Director at McKinsey & Company, recently shared his top five leadership traits with Stanford's Graduate School of Business students. Ian has consulted with major international management leaders, seeing very good... and some not very good management teams. This half hour program is a great thought provoker for your management team and might be a good point of initiation for the 'up and comers' that are ready for advancement [audio][video].
  2. Learn How Social Media Is Being Used by HSUS - This presentation by Carie Lewis, Director of Emerging Media, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), offers a great view in to how HSUS is strategic in its use of social media. While you may or may not like the HSUS, they do have a plan and know where they need to go. Everyone in agriculture needs to leverage this HSUS information to help advocate (a.k.a.

CropVillage update for December 31, 2011, What Leadership Traits Do You Need?

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2011 was an interesting year, with new normals surfacing. Hopefully 2012 will bring some consistency back into the equation. Leadership is anticipating, and preparing for, those black swan issues that we face. In this special episode, Ian Davis, retired McKinsey & Company director, shares his thoughts on leadership. He believes that successful leaders share five traits, independent of their rank in their organization. The five traits? Having a direction, initiative (starting things), sustaining momentum, motivate people, and leading by example.

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  • Audio: Do You Have Leadership Traits? - Ian Davis, retired Managing Director at McKinsey & Company, recently shared his top five leadership traits with Stanford's Graduate School of Business students. Ian has consulted with major international management leaders, seeing very good... and some not very good management teams. This half hour program is a great thought provoker for your management team and might be a good point of initiation for the 'up and comers' that are ready for advancement [audio][video].

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PoultryCast update for December 31, 2011, Leadership, What Traits Do You Need?

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2011 was an interesting year, with new normals surfacing. Hopefully 2012 will bring some consistency back into the equation. Leadership is anticipating, and preparing for, those black swan issues that we face. In this special episode, Ian Davis, retired McKinsey & Company director, shares his thoughts on leadership. He believes that successful leaders share five traits, independent of their rank in their organization. The five traits? Having a direction, initiative (starting things), sustaining momentum, motivate people, and leading by example.

Information To Help Your Operations

  • Audio: Do You Have Leadership Traits? - Ian Davis, retired Managing Director at McKinsey & Company, recently shared his top five leadership traits with Stanford's Graduate School of Business students. Ian has consulted with major international management leaders, seeing very good... and some not very good management teams. This half hour program is a great thought provoker for your management team and might be a good point of initiation for the 'up and comers' that are ready for advancement [audio][video].

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Have a great start to 2012! Happy New Year.
Ned Arthur
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SwineCast update for December 22, 2011, Can Genetics Research Affect Efficiency And Health?

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Dr. John Dekkers, Iowa State University, offered insights on the progress of genetics research affecting efficiency. The pigs take another day or two to hit market weight, but the data shows less feed per pound of gain and potentially better response to health challenges.

We've put up several new topical conversations in the last few weeks including corporate sustainability [audio], weather insurance [audio], and PRRS impact on rate of gain [audio]. This is a reminder that every SwineCast program ever published is online and searchable.

Reminder that the Minnesota Pork Congress is January 18-19, in Minneapolis, MN. Of note: The pre-congress ventilation seminar on January 17, the keynote January 18 featuring Haydn Shaw on Leading Across Generations, and the Pork Congress trade show January 18 and 19.

DairyCast Update for December 16, 2011, What is Weather Insurance?

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If you could take weather risks out of the picture, how would it change your decision making? The Climate Corporation can do just that with their unique insurance program. Not production insurance, not crop insurance, but weather insurance. 

PoultryCast update for December 15, 2011, How Do You Communicate Food Safety?

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Sustainability, corporate responsibility, good corporate citizenship. These terms are hard to define but today's mega-food production corporations recognize the need to do their part in building the bridges from producer to consumer. Dennis Treacy of Smithfield Foods suggests large corporations may have more potential to accomplish the elusive sustainability.
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