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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].

Pork Consumer Connections And Producer Perspectives

The Consumer Connection: A Producer PerspectiveThe Consumer Connection: A Producer Perspective Cristen Clark (Iowa Pork Producer & Food Blogger), Jarrod Bakker (Iowa Pork Producer), and Gary Sovereign (Iowa Pork Producer) share their thoughts on how they are working to help find and sustain the consumer to farm connection - "We need to continue telling our story and finding shared values with the consuming public to build trust." Cristen discusses how she shares her farm to table story, Jarrod talked about his experience being nominated for America’s Pig farmer of the Year, and Gary shares info on a project he spearheaded in his community that gives youth the opportunity to be involved in the industry and highlights their efforts to the public. [video].

Regulations & Nuisance Case Updates

Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case UpdateIowa Regulations & Nuisance Case Update Eldon McAfee discusses practical aspects of compliance with Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulations as well as other environmental compliance and protection. Eldon also discusses current Iowa environmental regulations, specifically the DNR livestock rule changes that went into effect on December 14, 2016, and provides an update of current nuisance cases across Iowa. [video].

What Have You Done To Align With Veterinary Feed Directives?

Veterinary Feed Directives Are Here: What Have You Done?Veterinary Feed Directives Are Here: What Have You Done? In an effort to bring antimicrobials used in food-producing animals under increased veterinarian supervision, the FDA has issued guidance #209, #213, and a final rule on the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Dr. Chris Rademacher from Iowa State University provides an overview of the on-farm changes that will have been in effect since January 1. Jeff Verzal, a livestock compliance investigator for IDALS, also provides an auditor's perspective on how the rules will be interpreted on your farm. And Dr. Paul Thomas discusses the systems approach AMVC has taken to comply with these changes. [video].

What Is The Economic Outlook For Pork?

Prices and Profitability: Economic OutlookPrices and Profitability: Economic Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer shares and evaluation of the many factors that may impact producer profitability in the coming year, including grain and livestock prices, exports, domestic demand, additional slaughter capacity, health challenges and more. [video].

Are There Antibiotic Alternatives for Nursery Pigs?

Evaluation of Antibiotic Alternatives for Nursery PigsEvaluation of Antibiotic Alternatives for Nursery Pigs In the coming years, there will almost certainly be an increase in the use of feed-grade antibiotic alternatives in swine production due to restrictions on feed-grade antibiotics for pig performance. Thus, there is a need to understand effective ways to evaluate dietary antibiotic alternatives in swine production. This presentation provides an overview and evaluation of published data to known antibiotic alternatives that may influence nursery pig growth performance. The antibiotic alternatives evaluated and discussed will include prebiotics, probiotics, resistant starch/fiber, botanicals, organic acids, lysozymes, oligosaccharides, yeast, and zinc and copper. [video].

The Five Trends That Will Make Ag Even Better

Best Time Ever To Be In Agriculture, The Five Trends That Will Make It Even Better!Best Time Ever To Be In Agriculture, The Five Trends That Will Make It Even Better! Dr. Lowell Catlett retired as a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University in July 2015. Dr. Catlett shares a futurist's view of technologies and their implications on the way we will live and work. [video].

Stay Safe, Understand Pit Foam Issues

Pit Foam and Producer SafetyPit Foam and Producer Safety Leon Sheets, Iowa Pork Producers, shares what needs to be done to make sure safety is first for pit foam activity. Mr. Sheets emphasis training staff, understanding the process of how pit foam accidents happen, and what needs to be done to improve safety [video].

Confessions Of A Greenpeace Dropout

Agriculture, Human Health, and Environment: Confessions Of A Greenpeace DropoutAgriculture, Human Health, and Environment: Confessions Of A Greenpeace Dropout Dr. Patrick Moore, Ecosense, is a former leader of Greenpeace who shares his thoughts on how environmental and climate science today, as it is shared, is clouded by believes that are not sustainable by actual science. Dr. Moore dives into the specifics of current policy and views of governments and organizations related to food, agriculture, and the environment. [video].

Updates on Iowa Environmental Regulations and Farm Impacts

Iowa Environmental Regulations & Nuisance Case UpdateIowa Environmental Regulations & Nuisance Case Update Eldon McAfee, Brick Gentry Law Firm, covers what is happening with ag nuisance cases, manure handling, and livestock truck wash regulation. As always, Mr. McAfee details the issues and offers an analysis on what farm operators can expect on future regulation activities [video].
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