Feeding the World - Wide Boundary Perspective Dr. Nate Hagens, University of Minnesota, believes how people view these three lenses ( Energy, Environment, and Human Behavior) are going to shape the world in the years leading up to when the population grows to 9 billion people. Take away: 1) Money is a marker for energy and natural resources. In the long run energy is what we have to budget and spend! 2) We need technology… But not new gadgets.
Feeding the World in the 21st Century- A Wide Boundary Perspective - Dr. Nate Hagens, University of Minnesota, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
What is the future of food when politics gets involved? It used to be true that what happened on the farm stayed on the farm. Now, people running farms must be out their sharing what happens and stay connected with consumers. Dr. Jayson Lusk, Professor of Agriculture Economics at Oklahoma State University, suggests getting in the game to tell how farms run, explain the trade offs of being an agriculture business, and give consumers control [video][pdf].
Stepping Through Emerging Diseases Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, summarizes the the NPPC Pork Forum Resolution into the three core components of the disease matrix, emerging disease response, and strengthening the borders. Much hard work has gone into developing the response plan to and planning for the next diseases. The new response plan includes identifying who is responsible and what needs to occur.
Understand To Prepare Dr. Mark Engle, Senior Technical Services Manager, Merck Animal Health, shares background on the virus matrix exercise and how it is to help bring better industry preparedness on disease discovery. Each known swine virus is ranked on economic impact to domestic market, economic impact to exports, risk of introduction or reemergence in the US, and zoonotic capabilities. The end goal is use the matrix to help swine management, planning, and risk development.
Dollar Views On Pork Future Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, points out that more corn and soybeans will have been raised in 2014 than ever before. This translates into lowest feed prices, the ethanol gravy train is over, and and high revenues for pork. Regardless of PEDv development, he expects rapid growth (3-4%) in 2015.
Gaining Value From PEDv Dr. Dale Polson, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, looks at Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) as a systemic disease and what the data points are telling the swine industry. Dr. Polson recommends that PEDv is a signal that there needs to be broader, connected, and grassroots area coordinated disease control.