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Consumer Food Trendspotting

The Institute of Food Technologists combines new information from the U.S. Census with consumer purchasing habits and retail rends to provide a detailed report on the American Family's eating habits.

Families with children comprise an influential segment of the U.S. population, and understanding their cooking patterns, health concerns, and dining out preferences is critical to effectively targeting them.

Of note are the two charts depicting U.S. household types by age of householder (image) and % of mothers making a strong effort to limit their child’s consumption of specific substances (image).

Future Of Ag, Is Worth Waiting For?

Economist Brian Briggeman, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Omaha Branch, discusses the outlook for the agriculture economy and international transitions. 

What Happened At The International Pig Veterinary Society?


Dr. Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota, reviews presentations from 2010 International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS), with Dr Gordon Spronk, Pipestone System; Dr. Tom Wetzel & Dr. Jeff Husa, Boehringer Ingelheim; Robert Barsch, MN Pork Producer; and Allison Collins, Research Scientist, Australia's Animal Health Research Unit.

100 Questions That Can Change Agriculture


Many organizations are stating that by 2050 there will be 9 billion people on Earth and that agriculture must change to be able to produce enough food for this growing population.

 

Despite a significant growth in food production over the past half-century, one of the most important challenges facing society today is how to feed an expected population of some nine billion by the middle of the 20th century.

The top 100 questions of importance to the future of global agriculture is the result of research and focused conversations about the global issues, agriculture, and being able to meet the food needs of the world.

 

The aim is to use sound scientific evidence to inform decision making and guide policy makers in the future direction of agricultural research priorities and policy support. If addressed, we anticipate that these questions will have a significant impact on global agricultural practices worldwide, while improving the synergy between agricultural policy, practice and research. This research forms part of the UK Government's Foresight Global Food and Farming Futures project.

Can Efficiency and Productivity Happen in Swine Industry?


The great turnout for the 2011 Minnesota Pork Congress created many opportunities for hallway conversations. Of interest to all were the presentations on improving efficiency and maximizing productivity. Many attendees greatly appreciated the program sponsors and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association making the presentations available on SwineCast.

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