PoultryCast for July 16, 2010, Mycotoxin Issues Remain Major Concern In 2009 Crop

This week is our local county fair. It is always a highlight of the year for me personally to see so many young people proudly displaying their months of hard work in an agriculture project. But it is also an excellent opportunity for all of us in agriculture to share our story with the public.

What more could we ask for than for hundreds, if not thousands, of local consumers actively seeking to learn more about what we do? So regardless of whether you have a young person involved in your local fair, take the time to go anyway just to visit with individuals and families about where their food come from.

Poultry operation and management

  • Audio: How To Manage Your Organization Through Industry Disruption - The unusual aspect of the most recent economic and corporate calamity is that nearly everyone experienced severe industry disruption. Today's presentation is from Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management. This Back To The Classroom series overviews his considerations on changing organizational innovation in the 'new normal' of increased industry turmoil. Listen to this while you're on the road. You'll need time to think about it.
  • Audio: Mycotoxin Issues Remain Major Concern In 2009 Crop - Dr. Bob Thaler, North Dakota State, discusses Mycotoxin issues from the 2009 crop which are causing concern as we feed out the remainder of that crop during the summer months.

Agriculture Telling its Story

  • Agriculture Sustainability - What does it mean to be 'sustainable' in agriculture? How do biodiversity and water issues play a part in ag sustainability? This Agchat discussion provides information, resource links, and discussion on agriculture sustainability.
  • Video: Risk Assessment As A Bio-security Improvement Tool - Dr. Derald Holtkamp explains Production Animal Disease Risk Assessment Program (PADRAP) and how it helps the industry.
  • Audio: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement - Wesley J. Smith, Award winning author and Senior Fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute, states "you are not dealing with people who want to reach accommodation with the animal industries about what is proper animal husbandry‑‑and what are proper welfare practices."
  • Agriculture Uses Contests To Create Engagement - Creating media is a fun way to bring people together and share ideas about a cause or an idea. This summer there are several agriculture focused media creation contests being run.
  • Summer Farming Stress - AgChat conversation on summer farming stress and thoughts on approaches to caring for animals and staff.
  • Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty - Roger Thurow, former Wall Street Journal correspondent and co-author of Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty, shares the "complexities of economic dysfunction" in trying to help the countries in Africa feed their people. Audio: Part 1 and Part 2.

Thanks, again, for listening!

Ned Arthur
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