2012 National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Meeting, March 26 - 29, 2012, Denver, CO, USA. Producers, regulators, industry and NGO representatives gathered to go deep on everything from animal identification to disease management and increasing costs. Participants said it was the best NIAA conference yet!
Dr. Lisa Becton provides background on African Swine Fever situation in Russia, and in so doing provides some great background on the state of Russian pork production. Of note is almost half of the Russian pork production is on communal farms, peasant farms, or private small home farms, where the main use of pork production is a waste removal system.
Dr. Chris Hurt shares some economics updates and what producers need to consider on their feed management as 2012 moves forward. Key take away: Swine producers have the financial ability to outbid ethanol producers for corn. This is forcing ethanol plants to shrink in capacity or shut down. Also, foreign trade is becoming a key component for the industry.
From Pork Industry Forum, immediate past Pork Board President Everett Forkner of Richards, MO, addresses delegates before the final gavel falls. His view and comments of appreciation from an industry leader.
Your Investments at Work: National Organization Update, Part I Policy, Regulations, & Trade - Neil Dierks, CEO, National Pork Producers Council, from the 2012 Iowa Pork Congress, January 24 - 26, Des Moines, IA, USA.
Ag Water Issues Water is a valuable resource that is an absolute must for agriculture. But a bit too much or a bit too little water can cause havoc for those trying to run farms. This AgChat conversation on water highlights some of the issues and activities being done to address them.