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VP of Public Affairs, Greg Ferrara offers his insight on today's social media world as he shares with the recent Stakeholders Summit of the Animal Agriculture Alliance meeting in Alexandria, VA. In the case of consumer concerns and food safety issues, "We can't wait a day or two. We've got to respond in minutes!" and when a problem surfaces, "Let the
know we've taken care of it immediately." For both producers and retailers, loss of trust in food safety equates to loss of customers at the counter.
2012 National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Meeting, March 26 - 29, 2012, Denver, CO, USA. Producers, regulators, industry and NGO representatives gathered to go deep on everything from animal identification to disease management and increasing costs. Participants said it was the best NIAA conference yet!
What are some of the swine health programs run under the USDA and how are they doing? Dr. Troy Bigelow provides an update on the programs, where additional surveillance is needed, and what the future looks like. Take away: surveillance activities will continue to evolve and become more comprehensive.
The Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholder Summit in Arlington, VA marked the organization's 25th year of raising awareness of the value of animal agriculture to legislators and media. Several presentations will be coming online in the next few days, however this breakdown of the current status of livestock provisions in the Farm Bill discussion is specially pertinent. Anne Hazlett, chief counsel to the Senate Ag Committee, and Pete Thomson, senior professional staffer with the House Ag Committee, provide the highlights.
It seems like there is a lot of opportunity for 'mischief' in Washington right now. We share a conversation with producer Bill Luckey on his congressional testimony about HR 3798. A.K.A. Egg Bill, is the bill which was the outcome of a United Egg Producers/Humane Society of the United States agreement. FYI, for more information on the UEP/HSUS agreement, UEP president Gene Gregory shares background with attendees at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture [video].
We're also seeing action on livestock use of antibiotics. NPPC Vice-President Dr. Howard Hill is offering his testimony today in Washington. We will be speaking with him after his return from the hill, so check back at SwineCast.com for an update.