Impacts of GMO Products on Food Security and Trade - Marty D. Matlock, PhD PE BCEE, Executive Director, Office for Sustainability, Area Director, Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive, March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.
Research Mind Set on PRRS Dr. Bob Rowland, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, offers his view that there will never be a magic bullet to conquer PRRS. Instead he has set forth to figure out how to claim back more pigs from the 10%+ lost production pigs PRRS claims.
2014 Missouri Pork Expo, February 11 - 12, 2014, Columbia, MO, USA. While PEDV is still a top concern among pork producers, other topics are in need of refreshed info. Included in this year's Missouri Pork Expo were several sessions on manure and lagoon management. Dr. Steve Meyer also helped bring focus on the meat markets and how recent US government shut down issues disrupted the flow of information.
Are Feed Prices Good or Bad? Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc., provides context about how last fall's government shut down impacted the economics of pork production and what data was missing. Dr. Meyer also provided insights on what is on the horizon for meat supplies and their prices.
Visiting Commodity Classic in San Antonio on the way to AASV in Dallas (it's a long layover) and listened to DTN's Senior Commodity Analyst Darin Newsom share with producers how his view of ag markets and the international grain trade have shifted over the past year.
Not All PRRSV Antibodies are Created Equal - Dr. Bob Rowland, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, from the 2013 North American PRRS Symposium, December 7-8, 2013, Chicago, IL, USA.
2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA. Heightened interest in animal health, specifically Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) continued to dominate seminar sessions in Iowa. Dr. Butch Baker and Dr. Rodger Main provided a PEDV update to standing room only session plus Eldon McAfee confirmed another year without a pork nuisance case in Iowa courts.
Food Safety & Antibiotics: Perceptions vs. Reality - Dr. Richard Raymond, Former Undersecretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA.