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Farm Bill - Ag Data Hackathon To Support Debates

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Using software and people to highlight issues is not new. But using it in agriculture is picking up steam. Food+Tech Connect and Gojee brought together journalists, tech designers, food/ag policy experts, and data gurus to explore the 2012 US Farm Bill. The goal was to highlight issues and extract data to support conversations and debate.

WTO, "Not" on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)

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The World Trade Organization has ruled that the USA Country of origin labeling (aka COOL, USDA info) is violating global trade rules and may impact global agricultural commerce.
“We remain committed to providing consumers with accurate and relevant information with respect to the origin of meat products that they buy at the retail level,” [Andrea Mead, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative] said in a statement. “In that regard we are considering all options, including appealing the panel’s decision.”
COOL is considered by the US Swine industry to be a burden because the costs to implement and use out weight the benefits. For beef, many countries avoid exporting the the USA, also because of the USA COOL regulations.

Will Big Farm Support For Small Farms Help?

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There are a series of campaigns aimed at securing larger government support for smaller farms. Smaller operators believe US agriculture policies do not favor small, independent farmers.
"I think funding is one of the biggest struggles I have encountered," said [Alex] Bryan. "To get funding to play in the game, to purchase equipment or to build infrastructure that follows guidelines that may be more appropriate for a large-scale producer, may be prohibitive to the small producer. We're following a lot of the same regulations."
Rules through the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) are seen as a way to help smaller farms be on a level playing field with larger operations.

What is Future of Feed Grains and Ethanol?

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Audio via SwineCast.com
While ethanol production has turned corn stocks into fuel, the growth curve should begin to flatten in coming years, according to Purdue Ag Economist Chris Hurt.
One big things we want to talk about, what we call a "shock" in the market, are big shocks here in the last 3 to 4 years, aka, feed grain and animal protein shocks; we're talking about corn and soybean
Chris believes we are seeing enough attitude in Congress that the biofuels industry has had preferential treatment as an infant industry to get established and get running, and now that they are established and well capitalized, it is time to cut back on direct supports and credits. Audio of Chris Hurd.

What Are the Real Animal Agriculture Impacts to the Environment?

The Truth About Sustainability Did the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations apply balanced comparisons between livestock and transportation, with respect to environmental impact? According to Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Agricultural Air Quality Center Director, University of California, Davis, the FAO's published report "Livestock's Long Shadow" misses the mark by comparing apples to oranges.
A true lifecycle assessment must be done on any system being compared.
You need to perform a complete life cycle assessment of both systems before any statements about livestock and transportation can be made and compared.

Pat Roberts - The Congressional Wave of Change’s Impact on Agriculture & Food Industries


The Congressional Wave of Change’s Impact on Agriculture & Food Industries - Pat Roberts, Kansas, Ranking Member, Senate Agriculture Committee, from the 2011 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, May 5-6, Arlington, VA, USA.

James Zehringer - Protecting & Growing Agriculture Amidst the Activist Conflict


Protecting & Growing Agriculture Amidst the Activist Conflict - James Zehringer, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture, from the 2011 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, May 5-6, Arlington, VA, USA.

Dr. Frank Mitloehner - The Truth About Sustainability - Debunking "Livestock's Long Shadow"


The Truth About Sustainability - Debunking "Livestock's Long Shadow" - Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Agricultural Air Quality Center Director, University of California, Davis , from the 2011 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, May 5-6, Arlington, VA, USA.

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