CropVillage update for May 22, 2009, World Agricultural Forum conversations

Update for May 21, 2009

The World Agricultural Forum has just closed the books on it’s 2009 Biennial World Congress in St. Louis. Attendees from all over the globe brought their input to the room's literal round table on topics such as The Agricultural Challenge During the Global Financial Crisis, Land Management and Food Security, and Water Resource Management for Agriculture.

Characterized by an equal voice regardless of population or food production capability, this event seeks to find potential solutions which meet the needs of environmentalists, developing countries and exporters like the U.S. and E.C. As we sort through the materials obtained at the Congress, keep an ear open for views which, while different from those in the production business of agriculture, give clear insight into our trading partners’ issues.

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CropVillage Conversations
  • MP3 fileAudio: CropVillage 0156, WAF - DRUMNet Developing African Agriculture Financial Infrastructure.
  • MP3 fileAudio: CropVillage 0155, WAF - Financing and Risk in World Agriculture.
CropVillage Headliners
  • Link to blogBlog: I Never Forecast Price but..., By Dennis DiPietre. "When you consider price movements in hogs, there are at least three regular patterns of price movements that are happening simultaneously and their interaction sometimes gives us an unusual outcome. The three patterns are the seaonal, cyclical and trend patterns in prices that work together to nudge prices around a fairly predictable grand cycle though levels of prices, rather than their patterns of rise and fall are of course harder to predict. I generally believe there are too many variables with too much variance to adequately provide a price forecast beyond a few weeks." Read more.

  • Link to blogBlog: You've Been Branded!, By Mark Jewell . Read more.
CropVillage Conference Connection
  • The CropVillage team makes available some conversations from The World Agricultural Forum: 2009 World Congress May 18-20, 2009, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.

  • 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: Dan Sutherland - Processing Changes: Meeting the challenge of shifting consumer preferences.
    • MP3 fileVideo: Lisa Katic - Food and Nutrition Policy: Are they getting the right message?

  • CropVillage special: 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. Read details in the white paper and listen to our conversation with Jeff Simmons.

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