Hire The Manure Pros This panel discussion on custom manure applicators aims to help people understand how custom applicators work and what people need to know. The panel covers the permitting, prices, and issues that occur in working with manure application and applicators. Key take away: the permit holder is responsible for many of the regulatory and legal aspects.
Soil Health Determines Future Food Health Doug Peterson, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), helps pork producers understand soil health and how it impacts crop production. Mr. Peterson shares what healthy soil can be and points out some of the issues that are in the crop ecosystem today. Mr. Peterson offers that the health of the soil is an indicator of the health of the food system and recommends resources for crop producers to learn more.
Heat Kills Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, highlights that the direct effects of thermal stress on pregnant females is just now beginning to be understood and that the true cost of heat stress is underestimated. This information is gaining the attention of researchers and funding agencies and creating action to address the issue.
Audits Are Part Of Quality Sherrie Webb, National Pork Board, outlines the Common Swine Industry Audit and the task force behind the initiative. Ms. Webb also outlines the how the audits plays into Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and what farm operations should be doing. Two take aways of note: 1) Quality assurance processes are a must, and 2) Pork management and staff must engage with customers and consumers to gain understanding of perspectives and meet current marketplace expectations.
Understanding Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease Dr. David Schmitt, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, shares a state veterinarian perspective on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD). Dr. Schmitt also provides an update on SECD in Iowa and what steps are being done to monitor and reduce risks of getting SECD on farms. Dr. Schmitt offers additional steps farms need to take for transportation washing and sample testing.
Being Vigilant Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board, shares how planning and preparedness is being modified to be ready for the next foreign and emerging animal diseases. The emergence of PEDv required many plans and tools to be built from the ground up, which took more time than anticipated. Based on those PEDv experiences, Dr. Webb outlines the new frameworks and planning tools being put in place by industry, organizations, and government.
Consumer Beliefs on Food and Ag Allyson Perry shares how the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) works and what they aim to achieve: To build consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system. Ms. Perry provides detailed analysis of various aspects of how consumers they feel about food and agriculture. Three key demographic groups CFI focuses on are moms, millennials, and foodies. Key take aways for people in agriculture from the CFI survey series: Believability is a key driver in creating information that is trusted; Develop a values based engagement strategy that starts with listening and embracing skepticism; and Commit to engaging over time.
Looking At Economics Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, details the factors that will drive the year in pork. Fundamental shifts in the grain and oil seed supply / demand. We have gone through the growth years in biofuels and the prices are now down to more reasonable levels. Dr. Meyer suggests risks to monitor: trade issues, PEDv impact on pre-weaning mortality falls to near zero, and demand weakening.
Nuisance Case Updates Eldon McAfee provides his updates on the State of Iowa environmental regulations and nuisance cases. Mr. McAfee states that most nuisance litigation is dependent on where you live and who you live next to. Mr. McAfee details the specifics on the Iowa regulations and what farm operations must do and be aware of.
PEDv Research & Diagnostics Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, talks about how veterinary diagnostic labs seek and find Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Madson offers the science details on PEDv and what characteristics the virus contains. Dr. Madson closes with approaches to research on PEDv treatments.