SwineCast Update for September 16, 2011, Are Your Top Ten Life Lessons In Order?

Leaving for the Leman Swine conference in St. Paul in just a few hours. The pre-conference program begins Saturday and in addition to everything else we'll be covering the PRRS CAP working meeting with special thanks to Dr. Bob Morrison and Boehringer Ingelheim. This is one of the top conferences for swine production in North America, so it is always good information. 

A couple of thought-provoking pieces this week... Bruce Cochrane of Farmscape.ca shares a conversation on traceability. The Canadian industry sees a cooperative tracking effort making a difference in the international marketplace. (Many in the U.S. industry agree.)

Also happened upon a good online presentation we'll share from the Stanford Graduate School of Business as Dr. Robert L. Joss shares his Top 10 Life Lessons. This audio is good for you to share with others (I liked #8 - "Run It Like You Own It"). Get your management team thinking long-term with this link. We also have a link to the video back at SwineCast.com.

The upcoming National Institute for Animal Agriculture's Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture conference is coming at a good time, with the recent finding by the GAO that linkage is insufficient to show human resistance resulting from food animal use. If you need to stay on top of this important topic for your organization, be in Chicago Oct. 26 and 27. We'll be there!

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  • Audio: Are Your Top Ten Life Lessons In Order? - Dr. Robert Joss, Professor of Finance, Dean Emeritus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, shares his Top 10 Life Lessons with a group about to graduate. These thoughts are applicable regardless of your position on the journey.
  • Audio: Is Canada Increasing Lead In Animal Traceability? - While the U.S. livestock traceability effort struggles to connect the dots, Jeff Clark, manager of PigTrace Canada, shares how the traceability program north of the border hopes to garner international market share while providing additional animal health benefits.
  • What is the Food Dialogues Town Hall? - The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has a town hall setup for Sept 22. Ask questions and watch on Facebook or on Twitter with #FoodD. This event will feature a series of panelists, sharing ideas and discussing food issues Americans say they have the most questions about.
  • College Aggies Online is Back! - College Aggies Online is an initiative of the Animal Agriculture Alliance to connect college students from across the country who are interested in promoting agriculture. Participants receive training and instructions from industry professionals and enjoy access to a private forum to post information about current and emerging issues facing farmers and ranchers.

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