The National Pork Producers Council released findings from an industry survey on gestation housing at World Pork Expo which indicates some recent statements made by retailers could lead to supply shortages and other unintended consequences. NPPC's vice-president of industry relations, Dallas Hockman believe's it's imperative the producers be involved in current and future discussions. Also in this press conference session at Expo were Dr. Ron Plain to overview the survey and Mark Greenwood to provide a lender's perspective.
We've been wondering just how much the uncertainty in the European Union and elsewhere could affect our grains and exports. Dan O'Brien, research and extension ag economist shares this insight with Eric Atkinson.
An update on the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling law given last findings by the World Trade Organization Appellate Court. Where do we stand and what's next? Farmscape.ca's Bruce Cochrane talks with Paragon Economics' Dr. Steve Meyers.
Connecting with consumers is an art... and a science. Arlin Wasserman, former Sodexo Vice-President (ever heard of Meatless Monday?), currently partner at Changing Tastes, shares insight on capturing the sustainability lead with attendees at the 2012 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit.
The Cost of Increased Regulation to Producers and Consumers - Dr. André Williamson, Agralytica Senior Consultant, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.
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VP of Public Affairs, Greg Ferrara offers his insight on today's social media world as he shares with the recent Stakeholders Summit of the Animal Agriculture Alliance meeting in Alexandria, VA. In the case of consumer concerns and food safety issues, "We can't wait a day or two. We've got to respond in minutes!" and when a problem surfaces, "Let the
know we've taken care of it immediately." For both producers and retailers, loss of trust in food safety equates to loss of customers at the counter.
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.