Soil Health Determines Future Food Health Doug Peterson, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), helps pork producers understand soil health and how it impacts crop production. Mr. Peterson shares what healthy soil can be and points out some of the issues that are in the crop ecosystem today. Mr. Peterson offers that the health of the soil is an indicator of the health of the food system and recommends resources for crop producers to learn more.
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.
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.