Audio: Are There Impacts to Regulating Animal Agriculture? - Modern animal ag has become a math problem: reduced land use, more people, more food consumption, less water, and transit costs changing. Add in the need to be global and the need to understand animal welfare and the idea of raising livestock become more complex. Dr. Anthony Frank, DVM, President, Colorado State University, suggests farmers and ranchers need to avoid the trap question "Do you want safe food or affordable food?" and that the real answer is to provide both and turn back to the dialog within the middle ground [audio].
Audio: Electronic Device Information at Slaughter Plants - How is animal identification information getting collected in slaughter houses? Zach Ireland, Director of Grading, JBS, provides a detailed account on what is done and who plays a part. He also provides input into proposed updates to rules on animal identification. Electronic id methods are the best because of data integrity and quick collection [audio].
What Are Cover Crops? When is the best time to till in cover crops? Which is best time for cover crops, spring or fall? Incorporating cover crops can help manage soil fertility, soil quality, water, and weeds. But it does require planning and buying into a philosophy that takes into account how sustainable agriculture works. This AgChat provides some information on cover crop approaches.
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.
Social Media and Agriculture This is the third anniversary of the #AgChat twitter conversation and to celebrate, the AgChat Foundation (@AgChatFound, celebrating it's second anniversary!) gave away a cheese cake from Muddy Paws Cheesecakes (@MPCheesecake) to an #AgChat convo participant. The winner was Scott Smith (@d_scott) in Corvallis, Oregon.
Meanwhile, the topic for this #AgChat was social media and agriculture. It has been three years since #AgChat started and things have changed. What are the tools to use today? How about attitude of those in agriculture to social media? And what the challenges to farmers and ranchers to using social media today?
Eating Out with Chefs, Farmers & Foodies What is your favorite restaurant and why? Do you look at food labels while eating out? As a restauranteur, do you connect with local farmers for food sources? This #FoodChat discusses eating out, being foodies, and what that connection means to consumers and farmers.
What Consumers Want If you, as a consumer, had the opportunity to ask farmers and ranchers questions, what would you ask? Better yet, what would you like farmers and ranchers to know about you and your family’s food buying decisions? This AgChat convo brings in several consumers (@mz55qrf, @agrospheric, @RyanByrneTweets, @hoadlck, and @jay_kitchener) to find out what consumers want.
Livestock-Associated Staphylococcus aureus: An Overview - Dr. Tara Smith, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, from the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.
Initiatives to Ensure Public Health, Food Safety, Animal Health and Welfare of Antibiotic Use in Food Animals - Dr. Tom Shryock, Senior Research Advisor of Microbiology, Elanco Animal Health, from the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.
Risk Management Approaches to Antimicrobial Resistance in the U.S. and Abroad: Expectations, Results and Conundrums - Dr. H. Morgan Scott, Professor, Kansas State University, from the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.
Reaching Out to Consumers - Dr. Mike Lormore, Director of Dairy Veterinary Operations, Pfizer Animal Health, from the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.