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California Rancher Agvocates Are Approachable


Click to play audioJeff Fowle, a tall California rancher, makes an impression on people. By being on the Agvocacy 2.0 South by Southwest panel he hopes to show folks that farmers and ranchers are out there, can be contacted, and are open / willing to having discussions about food, farming, fuel, and fiber.

Jeff Fowle can be found on Twitter at @jefffowle, YouTube and his blog Common Sense Agriculture.

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Agvocacy 2.0: Adding a Human Voice to the Farm


At SXSW on March 13, Emily Zweber, Jeff Fowle, Chris Chinn, and Zach Hunnicutt will share how farmers are using social and new media to bridge the gap between the 2% of the population who are farmers, and the remaining 98% of people who are not. The panel, moderated by Marla Schulman, are all family farmers who are driven and deeply committed to agriculture and want to share what they have with others.

The Next Generation Takes Over the Dairy

Dairy Profit Seminar: Lunch and How do you do it? The next generation takes over the dairy, from the 2011 World Ag Expo.

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How Farmers Get Serious Business Done With Mobile


At SXSW on March 11, Justin Davey (Multimedia Producer with Agriculture.com), Audrey Bartlett (Product Marketing Manager with John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group), Jeff Caldwell (Multimedia Editor for Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com), and Neil Mylet (a Camden, Indiana, farmer and founder of LoadOut Technologies) will talk about how farmers are really wired and that serious technology is used to bring your food from gate to plate. The panel, moderated by Nathan Wright, will highlight some of the trends in mobile devices and describe several mobile apps in agriculture.

DairyCast 0408 - Estate Planning Is NOT Succession Planning... Where's Yours?

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DairyCast 0407 - Time To Reevaluate Micronutrient Package?

DairyCast 0407 Show Notes:
  •  Dr. Jeff DeFrain, research nutritionist with Zinpro offers thoughts on getting your nutrition package right after cost-cutting efforts over the past few months and where you'll see the impact of your micronutrient package.

DairyCast 0406 - Are You Asking The Right Nutrition Questions For Maximum Productivity?

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What is Regulation-Induced Stagnation?


Dr. Terry Etherton shares his thoughts on "regulation-induced stagnation" and the what it means.

My concern about regulatory stagnation is not an indictment of the need for evaluating new ag biotech products. --- However, we have a looming need to increase the pace of developing innovative ways to feed a growing population in the world… the last thing we need are regulatory obstacles or politics to slow down the scientific review process.

DairyCast Update for February 25, 2011, Is Identifying Background Suppliers Important For Risk Management?

The World Ag Expo continues to expand its influence as a showcase for California agriculture in general and dairy production specifically. Our friends at Progressive Dairymen put together a list of some new and updated interesting products from the event.

The DairyCast team is planning several additional post-event conversations with participants whose presentations and observations we found particularly compelling.

What Are Agriculture-Associated Diseases?

Agriculture is an integrated part of society, keeping people feed and supplied with commodities to make life better. However, most people do not think about the disease impacts of agriculture to humans and society. This short paper describes several categories of Agriculture-Associated Diseases and how those in agriculture might improve human health. From the Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health: IFPRI 2020 conference, held Feb 10-12, 2011 in New Delhi, India.

An important negative effect of agricultural intensification is disease. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is a notorious example of a disease that was fostered by intensified agricultural production and spread through lengthened poultry value chains and the global movement of people and animals. Large-scale irrigation projects, designed to increase agriculture productivity, have created ecosystems conducive to schistosomiasis and Rift Valley fever.

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