Mandatory Price Reporting Changes Dr. Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, provides an update on the Agricultural Marketing Service, how it has changed, and what services are being supported, like the Market News, webinars, and other information sources [video].
Livestock & Poultry Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer, Vice-President, Pork Analysis, EMI Analytics, provides a refresher on the livestock & poultry outlook, issues to monitor, and opportunities to think about. Dr. Meyer ends with some indicators on the risks being tracked, like Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and major export disruptions [video].
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].