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.
Understanding Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease Dr. David Schmitt, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, shares a state veterinarian perspective on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD). Dr. Schmitt also provides an update on SECD in Iowa and what steps are being done to monitor and reduce risks of getting SECD on farms. Dr. Schmitt offers additional steps farms need to take for transportation washing and sample testing.
Consumer Beliefs on Food and Ag Allyson Perry shares how the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) works and what they aim to achieve: To build consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system. Ms. Perry provides detailed analysis of various aspects of how consumers they feel about food and agriculture. Three key demographic groups CFI focuses on are moms, millennials, and foodies. Key take aways for people in agriculture from the CFI survey series: Believability is a key driver in creating information that is trusted; Develop a values based engagement strategy that starts with listening and embracing skepticism; and Commit to engaging over time.