National Disease Response Plan Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, provides an update on the pork emerging diseases response plan. Dr. Wagstrom shares information on the projects others are also doing and how they tie together. One of the key areas of improvement resulting from the outbreak of PEDv was communication consistency and protocol. Dr. Wagstrom also highlights the risk assessments completed, the swine disease matrix development, and the "strengthening the boarders" project.
Know Your Heat, Know Your Meat Top Barbecuer Elliot Mellow, BBQ ASAP (as in As Smoked As Possible) shares his tips from being a competition barbecuer since 2006. Elliot helps people understand the differences between barbecue and grilling. His tips will help the outcome be great food for you. Key to barbecue and grilling is the kind of meat being used. Elliot also shares information on the types and kinds of equipment and techniques that can be used. Elliot's preferences is to use a technique that is not only a heat source but can add flavor; charcoal with a combination of wood chunks or chips over the top.
Trade and Consumer Trends Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, says one of the key issues this year is the fundamental shift in the costs side of grains. The industry is past the ethanol and really tight supply situations and that the pork industry will not be going through those two issues in a while. Dr. Meyer suggests the new risks to monitor: trade issues, PEDv impact on pre-weaning mortality falls to near zero, and demand weakening.
Hire The Manure Pros This panel discussion on custom manure applicators aims to help people understand how custom applicators work and what people need to know. The panel covers the permitting, prices, and issues that occur in working with manure application and applicators. Key take away: the permit holder is responsible for many of the regulatory and legal aspects.
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.