Wacky Weather or Normal From Here on Out? There is lots of news on how the weather is changing and what farmers are having to work through. This AgChat explores how weather weighs on decision of what to plat and when to plant it.
Got an Ag Question? What do you want to know about farming, ranching, or agriculture? This #FoodChat focused on helping non-farm, non-ranch people learn more about who live and work on ranches and farms. Find out about how things get done and discover what people in agriculture think about some hot ag topics.
New in Disease Management Dr. Edgar Diaz, Boehringer Ingelheim, aims to provide an informative presentation on the infection chain concept. One of the ideas Dr. Diaz recommends is the idea of "chain thinking": production chain, infection chain, and prevention chain.
Path from Farm to Fork and Back Where does your start? How does it get from the farm to your fork? Can you go backwards to see what happens? This conversation on #AgChat looks into the meaning of food traceability.
What Tech is in Ag? Technology is key in any venture and farming is no exception. Tractors and GPS are some well known agriculture technologies. But there are other technologies involved to help farmers and ranchers bring their products to everyone. From software to biotechnology, this #AgChat talks about the various technologies used in agriculture.
What Does Farm Surveillance Mean? Dr. Mary Torrence, USDA/ARS, describes a pilot study using the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) to build trust, increase communications, bring people together, and trying to build science to drive policy. A key take away: Voluntary antimicrobial resistance monitoring on-farm is complicated and resource intensive.
Slowing of China's Economy Impacts to Pork China's export based economy is trying to make the transition to a Chinese consumer based economy. Impacting China is the drought and their need to import corn and soybean to feed their 400 million pigs. This NPR episode shares some insight on the Chinese economy and what pork and crop producers in the US should consider [audio].
MRSA Today Livestock associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an emerging political and disease issue that is a hot button topic. Dr. Peter Davies provides an update on the current research to better understand the risks to human health. Additionally, Dr. Davies details the MRSA history, how healthcare professionals have worked through MRSA infections, and how the media has played a part in educating the public [video].