What Happens If a Disease Outbreak Occurs? Dr. Patrick Webb, Director - Swine Health Programs, National Pork Board, points out the choke points in the process of an animal disease outbreak occurring. Dr. Webb goes through specifics of how an outbreak is monitored and managed over time. He recommends that farms provide accurate information, have secure supply plans, and that industry continue to provide duration and resources.
Grand Societal Challenges Mr. Lowell Randel digs into the challenges facing agriculture and how animal sciences can play an important role to funding, research, and policy. Issues to tackle? Water use, understanding pathogens, and growing food in a changing climate.
Ag's Financial Impact of Tomorrow Ms. Deborah Perkins presents a three part session to cover: 1) key drivers behind technology developments; 2) factors affecting uptake of technology; and 3) implications from a financier’s perspective. Take away: "Technologies with a positive impact on profitability will be attractive to players all along the chain."
2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA., highlighted that the world’s population is projected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. This presents a challenge of feeding a growing global population, with U.S. animal agriculture expected to play a significant role in meeting this challenge.
PRRS Working Group Update Dr. Lisa Becton believes that PRRS is at a crossroads after 20 years of work. She talks about the future of PRRS and presents several views of PRRS' focus. Dr. Becton asks the audience if management, control and/or elimination of the virus, and how funding models will be created to support one or more of the focal points. She mentions there is continued National Pork Board support for PRRS elimination, as reaffirmed by the Swine Health Committee. To close Dr. becton highlights the 2014 plan of work.
Financial Perspective: Impact of Tomorrow's Technology Trends and Developments on Animal Agriculture - Ms. Deborah Perkins, Managing Director, Rabobank International, Dallas Office, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.