BeefCast update for May 14, 2009: 50 years we will produce 100% more food And court case shapes privacy protection of NAIS.

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Update for May 14, 2009



In the next 50 years we will have to feed 100% more people than we do today. With only 1% more available land, the challenge seems paramount. We will have to rely on technology to contribute 70% of the added food. As our business climate continues to include opposition from various groups, it is even more important that we are all using the same playbook. Jeff Simmons, Elanco Animal Health President, recently provided a great scouting report. Listen to our conversation.

Market News: In an effort to salvage milk prices, the news out yesterday from the dairy industry is they plan to retire over 102,000 cows from milk production. While this is the largest single cull activity in the history of the CWT (Cooperatives Working Together) program, it is only the beginning over the next 12 months. Cows in this herd-retirement will begin hitting the markets in the next couple of weeks and last through mid-July.


We continue this week with additional information from the 2009 TSCRA Vision of Excellence Convention and the 2009 NIAA Changing Face of Animal Agriculture conference.

From TSCRA, a discussion on Colin Woodall talks about The Obama Administration and Kevin Duddlesten discusses if immigration reform will gain traction. From the NIAA, Lisa Katic  shares thoughts onFood and Nutrition Policy and Dan Sutherland presents Processing Changes: Meeting the challenge of shifting consumer preferences.

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  • MP3 fileAudio: BeefCast 0368 - In 50 years we will produce 100% more food - Jeff Simmons, Elanco Animal Health.
  • MP3 fileAudio: BeefCast 0367 - New court case shapes privacy protection of NAIS.

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  • Link to blogBlog: Dr. Ronald Lemenager, From the Beef Blog: Video Feature: Value Added Calves. Read more.
  • Link to blogBlog: You've Been Branded!, By Mark Jewell . Read more.
  • Link to blogBlog: More Meddling in Markets or "The Problem of Too Many Balls in the Air" Revisited, By Dennis DiPietre. "We have in the US energy policy regarding ethanol an illustration of the classic problem in economics which I like to call "too many balls in the air". When it comes to economic thinking and analysis, individuals or groups with "skin in the game" tend to focus tightly on the single variable they want to improve (like the corn price in the case of ethanol) and fail to understand that markets are complex interactions of sometimes hundreds of linked transactions and markets all of which can and usually are affected by extra-market interventions to move the target variable. " Read more.
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  • More discussions from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention Weekend held March 20-22, 2009, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
    • MP3 fileAudio: Colin Woodall: The Obama Administration.
    • MP3 fileAudio: Kevin Duddlesten: Will Immigration Reform Gain Traction.
  • Continuing series from The National Institute for Animal Agriculture's The Changing Face of Animal Agriculture conference held March 31 - April 1, 2009, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
    • MP3 fileVideo: Lisa Katic - Food and Nutrition Policy: Are they getting the right message?
    • MP3 fileVideo: Dan Sutherland - Processing Changes: Meeting the challenge of shifting consumer preferences.

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