Dr. Perle Boyer - PRRS genetic resistance: an online class at destination of swine experts and professionals

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome genetic resistance: an online class at destination of swine experts and professionals - Dr. Perle Boyer, University of Minnesota, from the 2017 North American PRRS/National Swine Improvement Federation Joint Meeting, December 1‐3, 2017, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Get Your Toolbox for Beginning Farmers

Opportunities Abound: A Toolbox for Beginning Farmers Opportunities Abound: A Toolbox for Beginning Farmers There are many opportunities for a young person to establish themselves in the pork industry. From niche and contract production to transitioning current enterprises to the next generation, Colin Johnson, Iowa State University swine extension specialist, and Dr. William Edwards, Iowa State University, explore the resources and tools available to make this a reality. [video].

The Future of Education For Veterinarians

How can we make our profession stronger now and in the future?Life Long Learning Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting Limited, shares an approach to veterinarian education from "cradle to grave". Dr. Lowe suggests we [swine ecosystem] are not training to deliver what is needed, but there is a better way forward at hand. Dr. Lowe is proposing that the future of veterinary care is building a path of life long learning to have facts that build "to understanding to application to creation, over a lifetime of a career." Building the culture of life long learning is key.

Latinos in Agriculture - a Leadership Forum on Capitalizing Hispanic Talent

Coming later this year, TCTS Global in partnership with AgForLife LLC, will be hosting "Latinos in Agriculture; a Leadership Forum on Capitalizing Hispanic Talent". The goal of the event is to provide a workshop to connect industry, government, and education for transforming the agricultural workforce of the future.

When you consider that the Hispanic population is projected to grow to over 30% of the total of the U.S. population by 2050 – U.S. Census Bureau, one might agree that this may offer a window of opportunity for Agriculture. These demographic changes bring with them opportunities to tap into this emerging market to build a future pipeline of students, employees, employers, and ultimately consumers of our agricultural products and services.

The workshop aims to help stakeholders to take deliberate approaches in improving the Latino/Hispanic representation in the Agricultural and Food related Industries. In addition, it will explore ways on how to inform and persuade industry, government, and academia of the huge potential Latinos can represent to Agriculture.

If our Agricultural and Food industries are to be sustainable and maintain its dominance in world markets, Hispanic leadership and involvement must be part of the formula.

Arizona, Here We Come...NOT!

ArizonaFriday, April 23, 2010 was a day that will be remembered by many. On this day, Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, signed into law bill SB 1070 – “Immigration; Law Enforcement; Safe Neighborhoods”.

While the controversial law (which goes into effect sometime this summer) is written to require that lawful contact be made, law enforcement officers might stop any person with reasonable suspicion of being illegal and ask about their immigration status. If the person cannot produce documentation that would validate their legal status, they would be arrested.

SwineCast 0475, National FFA Convention Conversations

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  • The National FFA Convention recently brought thousands of 'Blue Jackets' to Indianapolis for four days of presentations, programs and eye-opening experiences. Truffle Media's John Blue connected with exhibitors of all sorts. Thanks to AgReliant Genetics, Bayer CropScience, and Carhartt.

Beware of the Latino that says: "Yes, yes, I understand..."

That Latino employee that nods his head up and down and says: “Yes, yes, I understand…” may not really understand what is being said and that can be a real problem for your operation. 

So what’s the big deal, you might ask? 

Do You Have to Know the Language in Order to Train Your Spanish Speaking Employees?

This is a question that sometimes comes up when discussing the opportunities and challenges of having Spanish-speaking employees in agricultural operations. Often, the perception is that if you don’t know the language, it can be pretty hard to train these individuals to do what you need them to do. Knowing the language helps, but this by itself, won’t guarantee success when training your Spanish-speaking employees.

Sometimes, training is delegated to someone who may be bilingual, but may not have the skills or abilities to train. Other times, we are so busy getting things done, that we run out of time to do the training and when we get to it, we approach it without a well thought-out and organized training plan. Training should be viewed as an investment that will return employees that produce results with consistent quality and will help in your retention efforts.

SwineCast 0452, Report on the U.K. Veterinary Practices Offers Advice For Improvement

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