DairyCast update for April 6, 2010, The Capitol Hill Update with Colin Woodall

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Recently released and highly anticipated USDA reports illustrated good news for the livestock community, as corn prices continue to trend downward. Hopefully with good weather for the upcoming planting season, feed input prices will remain manageable. I want to broaden our outlook today by taking a look at the business climate for dairy producers and products.

Let’s begin with Colin Woodall, NCBA Executive Director of Legislative Affairs. Colin brings us up to speed on a variety of issues impacting our industry on capitol hill. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Also, plan now to attend the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 9th Annual Stakeholders Summit, April 28-29 in Arlington, VA. Join the conversation today as Ned Arthur visits with Kay Johnson.

DairyCast® Conversations

A Dairy Producer's Concerns About Human Tuberculosis

MP3 fileSteve Maddox of Maddox Dairy in California shares what he has learned through his experience of overcoming a TB challenge in a large dairy herd, in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.

The Capitol Hill Update with Colin Woodall

MP3 fileColin Woodall, National Cattlemen's Beef Association Executive Director of Legislative Affairs, brings us up to speed on all of the cattle producer issues being considered on capitol hill, in three parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Understanding the Physiological Principals of the Estrous Cycle

MP3 fileDr. Mike Smith, Reproductive Physiologist at the University of Missouri, walks through the physiological principals of the estrous cycle, in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.

Transcripts of from Dr. Cliff Lamb on Increasing your AI pregnancy rate in cows

FYI, if you have not had a chance to listen to the audio, we now have available transcripts (Part 1 and Part 2) from a series on increasing AI pregnancy rates in cows by Dr. Cliff Lamb (audio Part 1 and Part 2).

Agriculture Telling its Story

Truth, Lies and Videotape: Is Activism Jeopardizing Our Food Security?

Animal Agriculture Alliance's 9th Annual Stakeholder Summit is April 28-29 2010 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The main topic is "Truth, Lies and Videotape: Is Activism Jeopardizing Our Food Security?" This event will feature a keynote by Dr. Elizabeth Parker, Chairman, Animal Agriculture Alliance and Chief Veterinarian, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Topics being covered include: an animal agriculture legislative update, terrorism against the food industry, and proactive animal well-being initiatives. See program for details.

Raw Milk and Consumer Choice

Raw Milk is in the news again due to illnesses reported in Michigan. While the illnesses are recent, the debate on raw milk, food safety, and consumer choice, at the core of the discussion, has been developing for several years. DairyCast has a Raw Milk Debate information page to help provide insight and perspective.

Global Agriculture

Global Agriculture Agchat discussion looked to understand the global agriculture issues to be addressed so more people can be fed in the future. Of note is the video from the Earth Institute: Global Agriculture Systems and Food and National Security and the FAO ag trade visualization tool.

New Ag Foundation Embraces Social Media to Share Agriculture's Story

AgChat Foundation launches with four program areas focused on social media: Agvocacy 2.0 Training, Strategic Agvocacy Coordination, Data Analysis, and Technology Scholarships. On the Foundation's Board of Directors is Ray Prock, of Ray-Lin Dairy.

DairyCast® Headliners

Dr. Terry Etherton

Link to blogFarms and Cows go Bankrupt as Land-O-Lakes Reports Record Profits Dr. Etherton shares thoughts from Chad Dechow, Associate Professor, Dairy Cattle Genetics, The Pennsylvania State University: "Land O’Lakes reported record breaking profits in 2009. Deans Foods also had a great year. If you are a farmer or a consumer of dairy products, I’ll bet you are just thrilled. The price paid to dairy farmers in 2009 was abysmal. Nearly all dairy farmers lost money in 2009 and many have been put out of business. The situation was so bad that the federal government bailed out the dairy industry to the tune of $350 million in emergency funding part way through 2009."

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