SwineCast Industry

Agriculture Answering the Call of Smartphones


More and more farmers, growers, and producers will pickup a smartphone as they trade in their old phones. How would a grower use a smartphone application, or 'app' as they are called? Immediate uses include general information tools, like weather, news, or finance. Many of the smartphones ship with these types of applications pre-installed. Other uses include specialized seed and soil calculators, ag news, and subscription ag management tools.

Ideas on Pork Industry Trend Spotting

Brett Stuart - Global AgriTrends, helps clarify the global pork market trends, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.

Brett's watch list: The Great Russian Experiment : Continued delistings?; The Great China Experiment: Pork self-sufficiency and industrialization plan; U.S. economy remains weak – likely prolonged; Mexico trucking dispute – carousel retaliation now on pork; and High Grain PAIN!

Pork Industry's Focus For Washington?

Chris Wall, National Pork Producers Council, provides a Washington domestic public policy update, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.

Pork Industry Policy Issues: Various Oversight Hearings: EPA; USDA; FDA; etc.; Renewable Fuels Policy; Food Safety Reform; Farm Bill Field Hearings; Budget Reconciliation; FY 2012 Appropriations

How Will Corn and Ethanol Play in 2011?

Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, provides an in-depth pork industry economic update, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.

Key factors for 2011: Ethanol and biofuels policy; Grains and costs of production; Policy decisions; Macro-economic situation – esp. $US; Last month’s elections

What Is The Future of Pork Industries?

Dr. Roger Campbell, Pork Cooperative Research Center (CRC), share an international perspective on the the future of the pork industries, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.

Continue to enhance efficiency of production and actively address likelihood of increasing and volatile feed costs; Exploit growing global demand for pork and cost advantages – more exports and better understanding global customer demands; Be aware of growing welfare and environmental concerns – they are likely to affect all countries directly and indirectly.
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