Weather Outlook 2016 & Beyond Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, provides an update on how weather has impacted / helped farmers. Dr. Taylor provides background info on how weather history has changed and what it means for farmers today. Dr. Taylor emphasizes risk management is a key element on crop management and farmers need to get serious on using risk management techniques [video].
Opportunities for U.S. pork in a global market Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, points out that global trade is moving with or without the U.S. She shares metrics from the American Farm Bureau that says $5.8 Billion in cash receipts will be lost by just the livestock industry if Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not passed and implemented. And other countries are not standing still, pointing out that China is promoting its Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a trade agreement that does not contain many of the safeguards and requirements that U.S. farmers want [video].
Pit Foam and Producer Safety Leon Sheets, Iowa Pork Producers, shares what needs to be done to make sure safety is first for pit foam activity. Mr. Sheets emphasis training staff, understanding the process of how pit foam accidents happen, and what needs to be done to improve safety [video].
Understanding Incentives for Livestock Biosecurity Investments & Efforts Dr. Glynn Tonsor, Associate Professor, Kansas State University, highlights how the thinking of economics of biosecurity plays out in swine producer decision making. Key message: lack of knowledge is likely NOT sole reason for partial implementation of recommended biosecurity measures. Many business look at trade-offs and incentives for action [video].
A Perspective from the Feed Industry Mr. Gary Huddleston, Manager, Feed Manufacturing Safety & Environmental Affairs, American Feed Industry Association, helps explain the impacts of the Veterinary Feed Directive to the livestock feed businesses. Mr. Huddleston runs through the details on documentation and processes that must be put in place to be compliant with the regulations. Key message: work with all your service providers and suppliers to insure they are informed and prepared before January 1, 2017 [video].