Audits Are Part Of Quality Sherrie Webb, National Pork Board, outlines the Common Swine Industry Audit and the task force behind the initiative. Ms. Webb also outlines the how the audits plays into Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and what farm operations should be doing. Two take aways of note: 1) Quality assurance processes are a must, and 2) Pork management and staff must engage with customers and consumers to gain understanding of perspectives and meet current marketplace expectations.
Understanding Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease Dr. David Schmitt, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, shares a state veterinarian perspective on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD). Dr. Schmitt also provides an update on SECD in Iowa and what steps are being done to monitor and reduce risks of getting SECD on farms. Dr. Schmitt offers additional steps farms need to take for transportation washing and sample testing.
Being Vigilant Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board, shares how planning and preparedness is being modified to be ready for the next foreign and emerging animal diseases. The emergence of PEDv required many plans and tools to be built from the ground up, which took more time than anticipated. Based on those PEDv experiences, Dr. Webb outlines the new frameworks and planning tools being put in place by industry, organizations, and government.
Consumer Beliefs on Food and Ag Allyson Perry shares how the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) works and what they aim to achieve: To build consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system. Ms. Perry provides detailed analysis of various aspects of how consumers they feel about food and agriculture. Three key demographic groups CFI focuses on are moms, millennials, and foodies. Key take aways for people in agriculture from the CFI survey series: Believability is a key driver in creating information that is trusted; Develop a values based engagement strategy that starts with listening and embracing skepticism; and Commit to engaging over time.
Looking At Economics Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, details the factors that will drive the year in pork. Fundamental shifts in the grain and oil seed supply / demand. We have gone through the growth years in biofuels and the prices are now down to more reasonable levels. Dr. Meyer suggests risks to monitor: trade issues, PEDv impact on pre-weaning mortality falls to near zero, and demand weakening.
Nuisance Case Updates Eldon McAfee provides his updates on the State of Iowa environmental regulations and nuisance cases. Mr. McAfee states that most nuisance litigation is dependent on where you live and who you live next to. Mr. McAfee details the specifics on the Iowa regulations and what farm operations must do and be aware of.
PEDv Research & Diagnostics Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, talks about how veterinary diagnostic labs seek and find Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Madson offers the science details on PEDv and what characteristics the virus contains. Dr. Madson closes with approaches to research on PEDv treatments.
Transparency and Agri-Tourism Jon Hoek tells the background of Belstra Milling Company and its involvement in the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure. Mr. Hoek shares there is a paradox: Mandates for expedited timelines for perceived animal welfare gains may actually cause fatal unintended consequences for the pig. And this may be a tactic by activists to exploit the animal and question the ethical / moral validity of animal agriculture altogether. His challenge to pork farmers: Create courageous solutions to connect with consumers and be transparent.