SwineCast update for March 31, 2011, What Is The Swine Sustainability Story?

It's muddy boots time as spring hits full swing.  If your boots aren't muddy, you must be in Texas where drought is threatening to break a decades long record of dryness.  A look at Farm Bill Thinking in Washington this week as pre-committee work posturing continues.  ProFarmer's Jim Wiesemeyer shares his outlook on macro factors affecting agriculture. 

This year's green buzzword is 'sustainability' and we are sharing producer Randy Spronk's comments to delegates at the National Pork Industry Forum.  Modern agriculture has a great story to tell here so listen and share!


SwineCast® Conversations

  • Audio: What Is Your Swine Sustainability Story? - Producer Randy Spronk shares work underway at the National Pork Board to accurately measure the industry impact on natural resources.  Consumers' growing awareness of carbon footprints provide an opportunity to highlight the industry's 'We Care' initiative.
  • Audio: Pro Farmer's Washington Watchdog Says 'Volatility' Is The Word - Jim Wiesemeyer, Washington Editor for Pro Farmer magazine, updated producers and delegates attending the National Pork Industry Forum in Phoenix during a special breakfast session.
  • Audio: What is Happening in PRRS Research? - Dr. Bob Morrison's At The Meeting crew looks at a notable Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome presentation by practitioner Dr. Darwin Reicks given at last fall's Leman Conference.
  • Audio series: National Pork Industry Forum - This year saw Pork's new branding position, "Pork. Be Inspired.", support for the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, and several updates on policy / economics affecting the industry. These are a series of conversations with experts and attendees.

Agriculture Telling its Story

  • Audio: Adding a Human Voice to the Farm - At South by Southwest, Chris Chinn (swine producer), Emily Zweber (dairy producer), Jeff Fowle (rancher), and Zach Hunnicutt (corn grower) shared how farmers are using social and new media to bridge the gap between the 2% of the population who are farmers, and the remaining 98% of people who are not. The panel, moderated by Marla Schulman, are all family farmers who are driven and deeply committed to agriculture and want to share what they have with others.
  • Ag Safety - Ag Safety was the topic of a recent AgChat conversation. Two big threads were ammonia handling and farm equipment moving safety.
  • Audio: How Farmers Get Serious Business Done With Mobile - Audrey Bartlett (Product Marketing Manager with John Deere‘s Intelligent Solutions Group), Jeff Caldwell (Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com/Meredith Corporation), Justin Davey (Multimedia Producer for Agriculture.com/Meredith Corporation), Nathan Wright (founder of media consulting firm Lava Row), and Neil Mylet (founder and CEO of LoadOut Technologies, LLC) share how farmers are using technology and mobile devices to get real work done on real farms. Also learn more about how ag media is adjusting to mobile and social media.
  • Audio: What Trends Are In Ag Ed Enrollment? - Drs. Marchant & Hamm provide an update on what the Food, and Agricultural Education Information System does and how to utilize its services.

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