Electric and Thermal Energy Strategies for Minnesota Swine Farms Michael Reese, University of Minnesota, details usable research info that will help swine farms evaluate what electric and thermal energy strategies are viable. Several key take home messages: 1) Energy efficiency upgrades can have a short-term return-on-investment, 2) Reputable contractors are available to remove complexities, and 3) There still exist state, federal, and utility grants and incentives [video].
Best Time Ever To Be In Agriculture, The Five Trends That Will Make It Even Better! - Dr. Lowell Catlett, Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, Retired, from the 2017 Iowa Pork Congress, January 25-26, Des Moines, IA, USA.
Research on Electric and Thermal Energy Strategies for Minnesota Swine Farms - Dr. Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota, from the 2017 Minnesota Pork Congress, January 17 - 18, 2017, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Best Time Ever To Be in Agriculture - Dr. Lowell Catlett, Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, Retired, from the 2017 Minnesota Pork Congress, January 17 - 18, 2017, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Big data and models: Are they really useful in disease management? Dr. Jim Lowe, University of Illinois, looks at big data and asks if they are really useful in animal health. Dr. Lowe suggests that animal agriculture is a very complicated and confusing set of systems with variations in many sub-areas, for example biological, mechanical, and human behavior. Dr. Lowe shares how animal agriculture has lots of data and how data can be collected in a systematic fashion to help improve animal health [video].
2016 North American PRRS Symposium This PRRS symposium held in Chicago (December 3‐4, 2016) offers academia and industry information on research and solutions being developed to tackle PRRS and related swine illnesses.
Drug-Resistant Foodborne Campylobacteriosis in Humans: Is There a Link to Antibiotic Use in Agricultural Animals? Dr. M.A. McCrackin, Charleston VA Medical Center Research Service and Medical University of South Carolina, brings to light a real example of antibiotic-resistance research. Her project looked antibiotic resistance and connection from farm to fork.
Specially, Dr. McCrackin's team wanted to address the literature evidence for a link between antibiotics used in agricultural animals intended for food and antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. One of the key conclusions: on farm antibiotic treatments will increase the colonization of animals with antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter, and antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter can be transmitted to humans in raw animal products.
But current literature is inadequately detailed to establish a causal relationship between antibiotic use in agricultural animals & antibiotic-resistant campylobacteriosis in humans [video].
Q&A Antibiotic Stewardship Updates by Sector - Panel, with Dr. Kerry Keffaber, Chief Veterinarian, Scientific Affairs and Policy, Elanco; Richard Sellers, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Education, American Feed Industry Association; Dr. Tyler Holck, Feed His People, LLC; and Jay Hill, Farmer / Produce Sales, Hill Farms, from the 2016 NIAA Antibiotic Symposium - Working Together For Better Solutions, November 1 - 3, 2016, Herndon, Virginia, USA.