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Being Prepared With Your Business Continuity Plan

Secure Pork SupplySecure Pork Supply Dr. Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University, reviews the Secure Pork Supply Plan and its key aspects. Dr. Zaabel also covers the status of several core initiatives and projects around vaccine stocks, surveillance, and the Secure Pork Supply website. Key message: "there's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst." [video].

Understand and Manage Weather Risk

2018 Weather Outlook2018 Weather Outlook Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, reviews the weather forecast tools and metrics for the coming year. Core take away messages: 1) Climate RISK in Agriculture is likely to be greater during the next 20 years (including Florida), 2) Management of Risk is of increasing importance [video].

Technology Tools Like CRISPR Are Pork Opportunities

Opportunities for Swine Genetic ImprovementOpportunities for Swine Genetic Improvement Thomas Titus, TriPork, Inc., shares the opportunities available for genetic improvements in swine through technologies like CRISPR. Some observations: 1) The conversation of biologic and genetic tools like CRISPR are happening and the agriculture livestock world needs to be engaged in the conversation continuously, 2) Collaboration is critical [video].

What Are Key Sow Housing Tools Available?

Walking Through Sow Housing and Tools Available - PORK AcademyWalking Through Sow Housing and Tools Available - PORK Academy Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, shares how sow housing has changed over the last 20 years. Dr. Safranski looks at some of the parameters that define sow housing today and the movements toward group sow housing. Dr. Safranski closes with the subject of sow housing feeding systems and how to troubleshoot them. [video].

Snapshot of U.S. Exports & International Trade

U.S. Exports & International Trade - PORK AcademyU.S. Exports & International Trade - PORK Academy Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University, walks through a detailed analysis of the global pork trade and how China is changing to meet their pork supply needs. Dr. Hayes' take aways: "China is driving world pork markets and will do so for at least 18 months." and "Unless new subsidies are introduced in China, imports should continue to grow. New subsidies will happen if China becomes concerned about a trade war." [video].

What Does The Weather Look Like In 2017?

Weather Outlook 2017 & BeyondWeather Outlook 2017 & Beyond Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, provides an update on what the weather will be like through 2017. Dr. Taylor enforces the idea of assigning real values to risk and understanding what they mean. Dr. Taylor discusses some of the key areas on Earth that impact corn and soybean and what to watch for [video].

How Are We Doing With The Veterinary Feed Directive?

Veterinary Feed Directive - PORK AcademyVeterinary Feed Directive - PORK Academy Dr. Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University, digs into what swine operations and veterinarians have learned about the Veterinary Feed Directive's implementation since January 2017. Dr. Rademacher walks through several key findings and aims to address many questions from the audience. Dr. Rademacher shares data from GlobalVetLINK that highlight some of the areas VFD compliance and activity have been focused on [video].

What Is Social Media in Pork Production?

Social Media in Pork Production - PORK AcademySocial Media in Pork Production - PORK Academy Erin Brenneman (Brenneman Farms), Logan Thornton (2017 Pig Farmer of Tomorrow), and Brad Greenway (2017 America's Pig Farmer of the Year) each share their experience of connecting with people outside of agriculture, telling their farm, family, and food story. Each panelist highlights their approach to social media and what kinds of topics they talk about [video].

Sustaining The Secure Pork Supply Implementation

Secure Pork Supply Implementation - PORK AcademySecure Pork Supply Implementation - PORK Academy Dr. Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University, and Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board, share an update on the Secure Pork Supply Plan. Dr. Zaabel outlines the current state of the plan and the details it contains. Dr. Zaabel also steps through a basic scenario of what happens when a foreign animal disease incident happens in the USA, actions that will occur, and impacts to farm operations [video].

How Are The Protein and Consumer Markets Doing?

Protien and Consumer Markets OutlookProtein and Consumer Markets Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer, Vice President, Pork Analysis, EMI Analytics, provides a focused view on consumer demand and the short term futures that will impact prices and markets. Dr. Meyer also looks at proteins across the board and what planning farm management needs to consider [video].
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