Looking For Clues Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) was an important topic during the 2014 World Pork Expo's Pork Academy. Dr. Lisa Becton, National Pork Board, provided a timely update on the PEDv research to date and outlines on future projects. Dr. Becton also outlined the history of the research and lessons learned on understanding PEDv [YouTube][audio][slides].
PEDv Science & Diagnostics Update During the World Pork Expo Pork Academy, Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), shared scientific details of the U.S. discovery and understanding of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Snelson highlighted what is known today about the virus and how that information is being utilized by production farms, packing plants, and diagnostic laboratories [YouTube][audio][slides].
Resources To Be Vigilant At the 2014 World Pork Expo Pork Academy, Dr. Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council, shared a policy and political point of view on the resources needed for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) research, management, and eradication. One of the lessons learned is that the US was not ready to handle a non reportable OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) disease [YouTube][audio][slides].
Smog vs. Cattle Industry Dr. Mitloehner outlines the science of air quality and what it means for agriculture. He spends much of his time talking about air quality issues, environmental connections, and what is underneath the statements used in media about smog and animal agriculture.
What Is The Right Antibiotics Message? Linda Eatherton, Partner/Director, Global, Food & Nutrition Practice, Ketchum, presents how the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has developed their antibiotics messaging and antibiotics working group. Ms. Eatherton shares several videos highlighting what consumers see to day from other companies and organizations. Ms. Eatherton's take away: Continuous myth busting is required, USFRA expert panels will continue to provide "Ah-ha" moments, and the conversations must focus on the food consumers.
Learning What Works in Animal Welfare Deb Moore, Illinois Farmer, as part of the Illinois Farm Families, took part in the 2013 European Union Animal Care Study Tour to learn more about how the EU handles the concerns of consumers. The tour looked at agriculture in six countries across beef, dairy, pork, and poultry. Ms. Moore and her tour group looked at the applications of animal welfare on EU farm operations. Ms. Moore offers a good ground level perspective on the application of animal welfare in EU agriculture that USA farmers and ranchers can take in for consideration.
Ready For 3 Billion? Marty Matlock, PhD, Executive Director, The Office for Sustainability and Sustainability Academic Programs, University of Arkansas, says he is preaching to the choir, he also states that the choir needs practice because the choir is out of tune and must have a cohesive language to talk about sustainable agriculture. With 3 billion people coming to dinner in the next 40 years, there has to be a conversation about how the people on Earth will continue.
What Can We Learn? Paul Sundberg, DVM, PhD, Vice President, National Pork Board, suggests that there have been lessons learned but there are most likely more to learn. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in the US continues to be the focus of the pork industry and there are still operations getting infected. Dr. Sundberg shares key points: sharing data and analysis is key; producers are accepting that data sharing is part of the solution; and you can't be comfortable or complacent.
Global GMOs Or Else Marty D. Matlock, Office for Sustainability, Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, University of Arkansas, talks about the impacts of genetically modified organism (GMO) products on food security and trade. People want to trust their food is secure (safe to eat, healthy, and available at a reasonable cost). Dr. Matlock suggests in the next 40 to 60 years the ability to feed the 3 billion coming to dinner will need. biotechnology and genetics to insure those new people have food to eat and keep the the world stable.
Pain: Abolishing a Necessary Evil Donald C. Lay Jr., PhD, Research Leader, Livestock Behavior Research Unit, USDA, talks about the notion of pain in animals and how research is being done to reduce or eliminate animal pain. New regulations, policies, and consumer demands are driving food animal producers to develop new approaches to raising livestock.