SwineCast Update for April 14, 2011, What Are You Doing About Fatigued Pig Syndrome?

We're covering the National Institute for Animal Agriculture conference this week and capturing presentations so you'll be able to watch and listen to the information in the next few days.  Be sure to check out the ConferenceConnection tab for this and other recent conference coverage.

This week we had a good conversation which grew from the recent American Association of Swine Veterinarians conference on "What you and your vet need to know about feed alternatives".  Dr. Joel DeRouchey joins us from K State for this excellent information. 

SwineCast® Conversations

Agriculture Telling its Story

  • Audio: Consumer's Stake in Today's Food Production - Conversation with Scott Stuart, NIAA Board Chairman, about the 2011 National Institute for Animal Agriculture conference April 11 - 14, 2011: Animal agriculture must begin to incorporate consumer desires, wishes, and input into how animals are raised. The first step involves educating farmers and ranchers about the consumer issues and develop goals to bring consumers closer to the process.
  • International Trade and Agriculture - How do international free trade agreements affect family farmers? Who are the key trade organizations outside the US that ag businesses need to pay attention to? These and other conversations around international trade were discussed in this AgChat conversation.
  • Farmers' Ages an Indicator of Media Consumption Habit - The percentage of US farms being run by those over 55 years old is about 57%. Conversely, 43% of farms are being operated by people under 55. Different ages have different information discover and use patterns.
  • Ag and Social Media? - Yes, agriculture does use social media. With 2% of Americans involved with ag food production compared to 100% of everyone eats, there is a need for farmers and ranchers to share their story: social media is a major outlet.

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