Iowa Environmental Regulations & Nuisance Case Update Eldon McAfee, Brick Gentry Law Firm, covers what is happening with ag nuisance cases, manure handling, and livestock truck wash regulation. As always, Mr. McAfee details the issues and offers an analysis on what farm operators can expect on future regulation activities [video].
Livestock & Poultry Economic Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer, EMI Express Markets, provides key factors in livestock economics for the year. Dr. Meyer provides a depth of analysis that will help management teams to think about how to position themselves well. Low costs, good crops, and animal diseases (PEDv) has been moderated. Some risk factors: Highly Pathogenic Asian Influenza (HPAI), slower demand, macro economics positive but not robust. [video].
Update on Senecavirus A Dr. Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University, provides an update on Senecavirus A, what it is, what it is not, and emphasizes that Senecavirus A is very similar to Foot and Mouth Disease. Two big take aways: 1) don't be complacent on observing and reporting, 2) train your teams about biosecurity behaviors to avoid. [video].
Water Regulations Update: Waters of the United States and Buffer Strips Warren Formo, Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Center, and Joe Smentek, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, share an overview on the Waters Of The US (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Formo and Mr. Smentek then offer recommendations for farmers and land owners to help them understand the WOTUS rule, how to get involved in the rule interpretation process, and what legislative, regulatory, and policy actions are expected in the future [video].
Pork Trade Update Maria Zieba, Manager of International Affairs with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), shares background on the activities where the NPPC actively participated to represent US pork interests. Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL), Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), West Coast Ports Slowdown, and foreign pork bans are just a few of these NPPC is working on. Ms. Zieba closes with 2016 and 2017 issues that are on the radar and what pork producers need to know for their planning [video].