The great turnout for the 2011 Minnesota Pork Congress created many opportunities for hallway conversations. Of interest to all were the presentations on improving efficiency and maximizing productivity. Many attendees greatly appreciated the program sponsors and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association making the presentations available on SwineCast.
How to Attract and Keep Valuable Farm Employees - Jim Lummus, Department of Producer and Industry Relations, National Pork Board, from the 2011 Minnesota Pork Congress, January 19-20, 2011, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Pit Foaming: What Have We Learned? - David Schmidt, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota, from the 2011 Minnesota Pork Congress, January 19-20, 2011, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Marketing to consumers must be factored into any animal agriculture policy and legislative fronts. The public exposure animal rights and animal welfare debates create also impact purchasing decisions by consumers.
Fighting ballot initiatives regarding the care and housing of farm/food animals might actually be poorly advised, according to a recent study by economists at Oklahoma State University. The analysis evaluated demand for eggs in selected California markets before and following the vote on the farm animal housing initiative -- Proposition 2, or "Prop 2" -- in 2008 in which California voters adopted Prop 2 by 66% of the vote.
Animal ag producers must understand the consumer market space and strategically think about how to approach ballot initiatives and new regulations.
"If this attention leads to undesirable consumer shifts in purchasing behaviors, industry stakeholders need to be cautious in developing strategies in response to ballot initiatives similar to Prop 2 in the future"
advises Glynn Tonsor, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University.