Is the USDA Complex?

usda 2012 budget The USDA's 2012 budget summary offers some insight into a complex organization.
USDA’s total outlays for 2012 are estimated at $145 billion. Roughly 81 percent of outlays, about $117 billion in 2012, are associated with mandatory programs that provide services as required by law. These include the majority of the nutrition assistance programs, farm commodity programs, crop insurance, export promotion programs and a number of conservation programs. The decrease in mandatory outlays in 2012 is primarily due to crop insurance.

Can You Have a Successful Breeding Management Program?

George Foxcroft Pijoan Lecture
Dr. George Foxcroft, University of Alberta, Edmonton, gives the Pijoan Lecture at the 2011 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. He talks about genes, gametes and gestation outcomes: essential links in a successful breeding management program. From the 2011 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 17-20, 2011, St Paul, MN USA.

Do You Have The Right People in Your Ag Operations?

Jack Welch
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Jack Welch, past Chairman and CEO of General Electric, shares his thoughts on leadership and management training with MIT's Sloan School of Management students and others in attendance.  Some good content on how to find the right people for your team and why its important.
Burn out is theoretical, psychological, a fuzzy thing. Burn out is standing at a lathe for 10 hours doing the same thing. (In) an exciting job, you are turned on every minute and wanting more and more and more....

Dr. Lisa Becton - Pork Forum Report

Pork Forum Report - Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Information & Research, National Pork Board, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Can Efficiency and Productivity Happen in Swine Industry?

The great turnout for the 2011 Minnesota Pork Congress created many opportunities for hallway conversations. Of interest to all were the presentations on improving efficiency and maximizing productivity. Many attendees greatly appreciated the program sponsors and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association making the presentations available on SwineCast.

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