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2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Iowa Environmental Regulations and Manure Agreements

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Protecting the environment is the goal of all pork producers. To help achieve that goal Eldon will cover Iowa regulations and recommended practices focusing on "gray areas" and DNR interpretations. Particular attention will be given to DNR rules deadlines for phasing in the phosphorus index for MMP annual updates and DNR rules on composting mortalities. With the continued interest in utilizing manure to replace commercial fertilizer, manure agreements are as critical as ever to pork and crop production. Eldon will cover the "do's and don'ts" of manure agreements and the areas of concern he sees in working with individual producers.

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By Eldon McAfee, Beving Swanson & Forrest

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: We are the Champions! By Heidi Vittetoe, JW Vittetoe Pork

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2008 Iowa Pork Congress: We are the Champions! By Trent Loos, Loos Tales

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2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Plan What You Want to Do with the Farm before You Have to "Buy the Farm".

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General estate planning information stressing the importance of planning succession of asset ownership, the necessity of advance directives, and some of the pitfalls of various planning techniques and of having no plan at all.

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By Doyle Sanders, from Beving, Swanson & Forrest.

2008 NIAA Annual Meeting Animal Care and Well-Being Conference Material

2008 NIAA Annual Meeting on Animal Care and Well-Being, April 1 - 3, 2008, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.



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2008 Banff Pork Seminar: Mark Chambers from SunTerra

Mark Chambers from SunTerra outlines how his company expanded its Hispanic workforce and what they’re doing to help ease the transition to a different area and culture.

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SwineCast 0258 for December 4 2007

SwineCast 0258 Show Notes:

Influencing Global Brands as a Strategy to Change Production Systems

Most people think about Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, written in the 1960s as a key turning point or perhaps even the birth of the modern environmental movement in the United States. Rachel Carson was a biologist and author (http://www.rachelcarson.org/) who brought forward the belief that the pesticide DDT (especially), widely used in agricultural applications post WWII, was having a serious negative impact on wildlife, especially birds--hence, the ultimate culmination of such practices being a spring season without the music of songbirds.

Rachel Carson seemed to believe that booming agricultural production systems which were coming into a euphoric period of efficiency gain after the second world war needed to be awakened to the impact of some of their practices. In other words, she could be considered an optimist with respect to systems potentially seeing their error and reforming. Her book was essentially an awakening call. Indeed a tremendous amount of progress has been made in "detoxifying" agricultural chemicals, especially in terms of their more generalized impact and sharpening their focus to the unique set of problems they are meant to target.

The use of GPS guided spraying technologies which precisely target the application of herbicides, pesticides and even commercial fertilizers are another promising technological advance that is minimizing wasteful overapplicaition of agricultural chemicals.

How Chasing Return on Equity May Lower Return on Equity

    Reducing variation requires first an understanding of the source(s) of variation, the likelihood of mitigation strategies to successfully reduce the variation and the cost/benefit trade-off in source mitigation. As we have discussed, the typical farm record systems and the procedures which are considered practical to perform, work against developing the necessary data and anaylysis to gain a clear understanding of the return for variance reduction.

    However, one of the most powerful aspects of variance reduction strategies is that if they are successful, they favorably affect both revenue and cost simultaneously. This results in a double bang for the buck when considering the potential financial outcomes of variance reduction investments.

    Since little was understood about the role of production variance on net income; building systems, equipment systems, management systems, contract production systems and pig flow rules of thumb etc. have been put in place over the years causing inflexibility and making it difficult to deploy certain new strategies.

    For instance, contract production systems save equity and allow for greater expansion of the sow base since the capital of the grower forms a significant portion of the total investment required. Many growers elect to make this investment because the returns are generally very high to equity and the value of the manure has been increasing dramatically where it can be used as a commercial fertilizer substitute.

Don Tyler Biographical Sketch

Don Tyler grew up on a diversified family farm in Northwest Indiana and graduated from Purdue University in 1979. He and his family managed farms in Illinois for several years before returning to Indiana to become a partner in a grain and livestock operation in Clarks Hill.

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