DairyCast 0461 - The Future Of Electronic Payments

DairyCast 0461 Show Notes:
  • The future of retail payments is online and easy to access.  Think about the businesses you do business with and get ready.  This short presentation features Carleligh Jaques of Visa, Inc., speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo in NY.  It comes to you courtesy of the IT Conversations Network.

DairyCast 0455 - How Do Retailers View The Producer-Consumer Relationship?

DairyCast 0455 Show Notes:
  • National Grocers Association 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.

DairyCast 0449 - "Pink Slime" PR Nightmare - What's In It? What's it do?

DairyCast 0449 Show Notes:
  • The unfolding "Pink Slime" fiasco made its entry into social consicousness via social media, then exploded onto the national scene.  Here Eric Atkinson talks with Kansas State meat scientist John Gonzales to better understand what the product is and to shed light on some repeatedly reported inaccuracies. 

How Does Veal + Social Media Work?

Veal via Social Media
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Presenting an update on the recently launched social media marketing campaign for veal, George Quackenbush, Director of Promotions for the Michigan Beef Industry Commission, shares the vision and scope of the fast moving initiative.

DairyCast 0441 - Food Safety Isn't Interesting... Until It Is

DairyCast 0441 Show Notes:

What Are The Economics into 2012?

The Economy, Silly!
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Bob Young, American Farm Bureau's chief economist, is seeing food costs going up through their consumer surveys.
Our surveys' would suggest those food prices are up, and up significantly.
However, there are enough of uncertainties in the market places that suggest that food prices will only be a factor but not the driver.

Other activity in agriculture suggests that the sector as a whole is doing well. There still are issues with corn and bean prices remaining high, with impacts to cattle prices. But over all 2012 looks pretty good.

DairyCast 0439 - It's The Economy, Silly! What Keeps American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Up At Night?

DairyCast 0439 Show Notes:
  • Food prices are higher and the consumer (Black Friday sales notwithstanding) are hunkering down.  What does it mean for U.S. agriculture and agricultural policy?  Let's ask American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist Bob Young.

DairyCast 0438 - We Know The Importance Of Technology, But How To Tell Consumers?

DairyCast 0438 Show Notes:
  • Dr. Marty Strauss, a consultant with Kahn Strauss and Associates was a speaker and panelist at the recent Food Systems Summit where discussion focused on creatively communicating what today's agriculture provides; food safety, low cost, convenience, etc.  I asked Dr Strauss how to better bridge that gap when today's consumer doesn't really understand what they're getting and why. 

Dr. Mike Lormore - Reaching Out to Consumers

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.

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