U.S. Exports & International Trade Becca Nepple, National Pork Board, and Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University, provide highlights and details on the state of global trade. Two of the questions they address is "Why is the US Pork Market so Sensitive to Exports?" and "How long will the China opportunity last?" Dr. Hayes closes with two key points: The long run opportunities for US pork are enormous, especially if we continue to implement trade agreements, and over-reliance on China brings enormous risks (South China Sea, Steel, Chicken, DDGS, Self Sufficiency, Trump) [video].
Cybersecurity Dr. Lane Arthur and James Johnson, John Deere, share how cybersecurity will be an ongoing concern, even for farmers and ranchers. Technology use is pervasive and growing, being vigilant is important [video].
Common Swine Industry Audit Emily Erickson, New Fashion Pork, and Brian Zimmerman, Zimmerman Hog Farms, provide a large and small operation point of view on having one or more Common Swine Industry Audits at their farms. Ms. Erickson shared her experiences of multiple audits and how each one has helped improve their operations and refine their approaches. Mr. Zimmerman said you can never be 100% and that each audit is an opportunity to learn and improve. Via the Q & A time Ms. Erickson and Mr. Zimmerman help explain their approaches and dealing with audits [video].
Changes on Antibiotic Usage - Preparing for Changes to Antibiotic Use Dr. Sam Holst, Swine Vet Center, provides specific actions on being ready for the Veterinary Feed Directive by January 1, 2017. Dr. Holst's main take away is to establish, today, your Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) and communicate frequently with everyone involved with your operations, including staff, management, feed mills, veterinarians, suppliers, and customers [video].
Changes on Antibiotic Usage - Background, Now, And January 1 Richard Sellers, American Feed Industry Association, highlights how the Veterinary Feed Directive idea was developed and where it is today. Mr. Sellers also explains the timeline and some of the current hurdles to being ready for January 1, 2017. His main take away is be proactive and be flexible [video].
Pork Academy One of the National Pork Board’s responsibilities is for Checkoff-funded research. The Pork Checkoff page of SwineCast highlights recent Checkoff-funded research that producers may find valuable on their farm.
Full Transcript - Opportunities for U.S. pork in a global market - Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, from the 2016 World Pork Expo, June 8 - 10, 2016, Des Moines, IA, USA.
Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative discussed the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal which now needs to move through congress to maintain and increase trade access with important Pacific rim partners.
Opportunities for U.S. pork in a global market Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, points out that global trade is moving with or without the U.S. She shares metrics from the American Farm Bureau that says $5.8 Billion in cash receipts will be lost by just the livestock industry if Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not passed and implemented. And other countries are not standing still, pointing out that China is promoting its Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a trade agreement that does not contain many of the safeguards and requirements that U.S. farmers want [video].
Opportunities for U.S. pork in a global market - Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, from the 2016 World Pork Expo, June 8 - 10, 2016, Des Moines, IA, USA.