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DairyCast 0405 - Is Identifying Background Suppliers Important For Risk Management?

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  • Planet Life Cycle Analysis identifies your supply sources to provide an 'early warning system' when something changes.  Need to identify a shortfall in your trace mineral sourcing?  Dr. Marty Matlock at the University of Arkansas explains why this type of analysis is important to industry sustainability.

What Are Global Perspectives on Commodity Price Spikes?


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The Diane Rehm Show brought together four experts on world economies and agriculture to address the current commodity prices and their impact on food, fuel, and fiber.

DairyCast Update for February 10, 2011, Economist Says Ag Industry Outlook Bright

Product quality and interest, in responding to market demand, will continue to drive U.S. dairy exports in the coming years. Free trade agreements before Congress must advance to keep the international playing field level. Brian Briggeman, economist, provides insight on this issue.

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DairyCast 0404 - Economist Says Ag Industry Outlook Bright

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  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City economist Brian Briggeman discusses the outlook for the agriculture economy and international transitions.

How Do Flying Cows Help Rebuild A Beef Industry?


Price Cattle Ranch's and Global Beef's live beef exports from North Dakota to Kazakhstan is a great example about how cattle industries can be rebuilt.

When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991 and Kazakhstan became an independent country, infrastructure collapsed, the economy foundered for a few years, and food supplies dwindled. "They had 38 million head of cattle in 1994, and they're down to 2 million now," [Dan] Price explains. "They killed and ate 'em all."

The government of Kazakhstan is spending $50 million to rebuild its cattle industry by flying in 2,000 pregnant heifers and 20 bulls via a series of chartered 747s. It is expected this seed herd will help Kazakhstan get back to a point where they can be come a net exporter of beef.

DairyCast update for January 28, 2011, Life After Business Trauma

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100 Questions That Can Change Agriculture


Many organizations are stating that by 2050 there will be 9 billion people on Earth and that agriculture must change to be able to produce enough food for this growing population.

Despite a significant growth in food production over the past half-century, one of the most important challenges facing society today is how to feed an expected population of some nine billion by the middle of the 20th century.

The top 100 questions of importance to the future of global agriculture is the result of research and focused conversations about the global issues, agriculture, and being able to meet the food needs of the world.

The aim is to use sound scientific evidence to inform decision making and guide policy makers in the future direction of agricultural research priorities and policy support. If addressed, we anticipate that these questions will have a significant impact on global agricultural practices worldwide, while improving the synergy between agricultural policy, practice and research. This research forms part of the UK Government's Foresight Global Food and Farming Futures project.

Consumers Are Swayed by Animal Welfare Issues

Marketing to consumers must be factored into any animal agriculture policy and legislative fronts. The public exposure animal rights and animal welfare debates create also impact purchasing decisions by consumers.

Fighting ballot initiatives regarding the care and housing of farm/food animals might actually be poorly advised, according to a recent study by economists at Oklahoma State University. The analysis evaluated demand for eggs in selected California markets before and following the vote on the farm animal housing initiative -- Proposition 2, or "Prop 2" -- in 2008 in which California voters adopted Prop 2 by 66% of the vote.

Animal ag producers must understand the consumer market space and strategically think about how to approach ballot initiatives and new regulations.

"If this attention leads to undesirable consumer shifts in purchasing behaviors, industry stakeholders need to be cautious in developing strategies in response to ballot initiatives similar to Prop 2 in the future"

advises Glynn Tonsor, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University.

Antibiotics, Animal Ag, and People.


The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) webinar on Antibiotics in Animals and People presents a series of reviews and research on the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture.

“A broad prohibition on use of antibiotics to prevent disease has, in some cases, increased the amount used for disease treatment and has not minimized total antibiotic use,” [Jim] Pettigrew said. “This can be detrimental to animal welfare and to efficiency of resource use.”

Jim Pettigrew, University of Illinois professor of animal sciences, is a member of the FASS Science Policy Committee and served as the lead coordinator for the recently approved FASS policy statement on antibiotics.

FASS developed the following policy statement as part of their efforts to engage the public and provide guidance to animal agriculture professionals.

The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) strongly supports the judicious use of antibiotics in food animal care consistent with the health and welfare of the animals, with preserving the value of antibiotics in protecting human and animal health, and with efficient use of the earth’s resources in food production

DairyCast 0403 - Life After Business Trauma

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