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Doing Manure Management Plans Online

Electronic Filing of Manure Management PlansElectronic Filing of Manure Management Plans Mr. Jeff Prier, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, share details on the electronic filing of manure management plans (eMMPs) in Iowa. Mr. Prier walks through the current system's functionality and outlines what additions will occur in the future [video].

Looking into USDA Dietary Guidelines

USDA Dietary Guidelines: Why aren't they telling us to eat like pigs?USDA Dietary Guidelines: Why aren't they telling us to eat like pigs? Dr. Eric Berg, North Dakota State University, talks about the USDA human dietary guidelines, and how they are created. Dr. Berg provides background on the state of American diets today and the current impacts to health. Dr. Berg also shares the results of a study that used swine as a model for humans, feeding them what humans would eat, replacing the sugar in a modern, average American diet with cooked ground beef: Would this change alter body composition and risk factors for obesity-related metabolic disorders [video]?

What Can We Learn From The Chesapeake Bay: A Producer Perspective

What Can We Learn From The Chesapeake Bay: A Producer PerspectiveThe Chesapeake Bay Producer Perspective Ms. Jennifer Debnam, Maryland Pork Producers Association, highlights more about agriculture in the state of Maryland. Ms. Debnam shares the experiences of phosphorus risk assessment and management in Maryland, highlighting how the relationships between farmers, legislature, Federal government, and environmental groups adversely impacted agriculture. Ms. Debnam closes with observations on how farmers need to be diligent in their relationships with environmental researchers and groups, and understand how environmental science evolves [video].

Be Safe When Working The Pits

Pit pumping ventilation safetyPit pumping ventilation safety Dr. Brett Ramirez, College of Engineering, Iowa State University, walks through the issues of poor ventilation during manure pit pumping. There are dangerous gases generated from manure pits, which can cause serious health issues if not planned for during manure pit maintenance. Dr. Ramirez outlines safety procedures to be implemented when handling manure pits. Key message: the procedures will changed depending on the weather [video].

Can Republicans Govern in the Age of Trump?

Washington in the Age of Trump: Can Republicans Govern?Washington in the Age of Trump: Can Republicans Govern? Jim Wiesemeyer of ProFarmer, shares his take on the politics behind the actions taken in Washington. Mr. Wiesemeyer runs through the various political players and their personalities, who is or is not advising the President, and addresses questions on the global economy [video].

Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case Update

Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case UpdateIowa Regulations & Nuisance Case Update Mr. Eldon McAfee, Brick Gentry Law Firm, details the environmental cases on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and the regulations governing CAFOs. Mr. McAfee closes with a series of agriculture nuisance cases and their status [video].

What Should You Know About Foreign Animal Disease Prep?

 What Should You Know?Foreign Animal Disease Prep: What Should You Know? Dr. Judith LaBounty, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Dr. Jim Roth, Iowa State University, review foreign animal diseases as it effects the business of pork, most notably Foot and Mouth Disease. Dr. Roth reviews the Secure Pork Supply plan and how it works, using several scenario examples to help understand what farm operations would do. Dr. LaBounty outlines the plans and steps the State of Iowa has in place to be ready to a foreign animal disease. [video].

Yes, Farmers and Environmental Groups Can Work Together!

Uncommon Allies - Farmers and Environmental GroupsUncommon Allies - Farmers and Environmental Groups Joe Smentek, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, shares details on approaches and efforts to work with environmental groups to help tackle a common issue. Mr. Smentek details some specific examples of cooperation occurring in Minnesota and the results of those efforts [video].

Are You Prepared for a Foreign Animal Disease In The USA?

Preparing for a Foreign Animal Disease: An overview of the Secure Pork Supply PlanPreparing for a Foreign Animal Disease: An overview of the Secure Pork Supply Plan Dr. Dave Wright, Wright Veterinary Services, shared the Secure Pork Supply story for producers to really internalize. Dr. Wright emphasized that being prepared through practices and education is key. One starting point is to get a National Premises Identification Number [video].

What Is The State Of The Pork Markets?

Market Outlook From The MN Pork CongressMarket Outlook From The MN Pork Congress Dr. Steve Meyer, Economist, Kerns & Associates, gets to the point with the current state of the markets in the USA and compares them to the other protein options. Dr. Meyer pointed out that new processing plants coming on line are not yet up to capacity plus emphasized the impacts that policy level decisions may have on the 2018 economy, and specific impacts to pork [video].
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