2014 NIAA The Precautionary Principle, March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA. The precautionary principle---sometimes thought of as the most innovative, pervasive, and significant new environmental concept in the last 25 years. Is it Better Safe Than Sorry or a politically charged over-simplification blocking innovation? How will animal agriculture balance the future and feed a population of 9.1 billion by 2050?
2014 Boehringer Ingelheim Pre-AASV Conference, February 28, 2014 - Dallas, TX, presents updates on the understanding and research of porcine circovirus. These presentations aim to bring swine vets up to speed on the current state of the virus and the efforts research is producing.
2014 Missouri Pork Expo, February 11 - 12, 2014, Columbia, MO, USA. While PEDV is still a top concern among pork producers, other topics are in need of refreshed info. Included in this year's Missouri Pork Expo were several sessions on manure and lagoon management. Dr. Steve Meyer also helped bring focus on the meat markets and how recent US government shut down issues disrupted the flow of information.
Feeling High and Dry? In many parts of the US, water is taken for granted. But there are concerns about the future "easy access" to water. In the last few years the concerns about water for agriculture have gained national prominence, mainly through the news about fires and lack of hay for cattle. This AgChat conversation shares some thoughts on what farmers and ranchers are doing to take on the challenges the lack of water brings.
From the National Pork Industry Forum, NPPC's Vice President and Counsel, International Affairs, Nick Giordano is sounding the alarm on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations. Japan is trying to maintain tariffs on agricultural products from the U.S. and they may get their way... unless you contact and tell your congressman why this is a bad idea.
Do You Know Your Ps? Dr. Pete Lasley, Murphy-Brown of Missouri, LLC, covers basic information on PRRS and PEDV to help farm management and staff better manage their herds. Dr. Lasley also provides a timely update on PEDV in North America.
Are Your Lagoons Working? Jerry Foster, Environmental Manager, Cargill, moderates a panel discussion about lagoon management. The panel looks at how to stay focused on applying state and federal regulations into day to day farm operations. Panel tips provided can also help improve your staff's productivity.