Will Your Operation Be Labeled As A Dump? Ms. Deb Kristensen, Partner at Givens Pursley, LLP, shares her presentation "When Animal Manure is Regulated like Municipal Dumps", from the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Indianapolis.
Ms. Kristensen points out that new tactics are being developed, using the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) against agricultural operations. This approach is novel and could severely impact all farm operations that have manure.
Future Proofing Against Animal Diseases? Dr. Joe Connor, Carthage Veterinary Service, digs deep into the issues and challenges of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Connor tries to address the questions of what the swine world did correct, what went wrong, and what should be done in the future. Dr. Connor closes with several cautionary statements that swine people need to know.
Staying Proactive in a Down Market Dr. Aaron J. Lower, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., talks about how to keep producers from jumping off the edge when markets and economics go up and down. Being consistent in production is hard and Dr. Lower suggests that veterinarians help provide perspective on approaches to maintain consistency. Dr. Lower shares key cost relationships and what focus areas farm operations should concentrate on: feed cost, wean pig cost, and facility cost.
Swine Herd Health in Good Times and Bad Dr. Daryl Olsen, AMVC, LLC, shares how veterinarians can help pork farm operations with knowledge laced with experience. Dr. Olsen says pork production, for the most part, is a commodity business that has cycles that is now a highly international market. Dr. Olsen points out that input costs will fluctuate and operations people must plan for these changes. Dr. Olsen closes with key points focus on and to help farmers become better prepared for changes that will occur.