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Words On Weather

Weather Outlook 2014Weather Today & Tomorrow Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, explains how the term "polar vortex" has entered the popular lexicon. Dr. Taylor helps explain the term, what they are, and how they impact agriculture.

Policy & Politics For Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

porcine epidemic diarrhea virus - PEDV - Next StepsResources To Be Vigilant At the 2014 World Pork Expo Pork Academy, Dr. Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council, shared a policy and political point of view on the resources needed for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) research, management, and eradication. One of the lessons learned is that the US was not ready to handle a non reportable OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) disease [YouTube][audio][slides].

Animals Produce More Smog Than Vehicles?

Cows Rival Cars As Smog Producers? You May Be Surprised.Smog vs. Cattle Industry Dr. Mitloehner outlines the science of air quality and what it means for agriculture. He spends much of his time talking about air quality issues, environmental connections, and what is underneath the statements used in media about smog and animal agriculture.

What You Say, What They Hear?

USFRA Antibiotics Messaging and Antibiotics Working GroupWhat Is The Right Antibiotics Message? Linda Eatherton, Partner/Director, Global, Food & Nutrition Practice, Ketchum, presents how the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has developed their antibiotics messaging and antibiotics working group. Ms. Eatherton shares several videos highlighting what consumers see to day from other companies and organizations. Ms. Eatherton's take away: Continuous myth busting is required, USFRA expert panels will continue to provide "Ah-ha" moments, and the conversations must focus on the food consumers.

Antibiotics, Regulations, and What Consumers Want

FDA Overview of Antibiotic Regulatory Activities (Guidance 213, VFD, antibiotic use data collection)It's Complicated? Craig A. Lewis, DVM MPH DACVPM, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, presents background information on the US FDA's antibiotic regulatory activities for human and animal health. Dr. Lewis says antibiotics resistance is a complex topic. There are many gaps in understanding the science of resistance and the future requires a collaborative approach to create and develop solutions. "There are problems to be solved and tensions to be managed", says Dr. Lewis as he outlined rules, regulations, and discussions around antibiotics.
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