DairyCast update for March 23, 2010, Singing Cows and Guns that Blow Bubbles

As I notice the flowers next to the barn beginning to bloom, I realize that Spring is finally here. Spring is a sign of renewal and new beginnings. Hopefully the dairy industry and milk prices will respond favorably to the new season.

We have a diverse group of conversations to share with you today. Including a professional baseball player working for USDA, the physiology of the estrous cycle, and a look at this year’s corn & soybean growing season. Also be sure to check out a motivating and empowering conversation with David Okerlund.

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Transcripts of from Dr. Cliff Lamb on Increasing your AI pregnancy rate in cows

We now have available transcripts (Part 1 and Part 2) from a series on increasing AI pregnancy rates in cows by Dr. Cliff Lamb (audio Part 1 and Part 2).

What is in store for the corn & soybean markets this growing season?

MP3 fileDan O'Brien, Kansas State grain market economist, looks ahead to the USDA's March 31st planting intentions report and the impact of this growing season on feed prices.

Professional Baseball Player Takes a Swing at the USDA

MP3 fileRod Bain, USDA, talks with Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ross Ohlendorf about his experiences as an intern at USDA.

Singing Cows and Guns that Blow Bubbles

MP3 fileDavid Okerlund, motivational speaker, illustrates how to live life to the fullest and stay positive in a sometimes negative world.

Agriculture Telling its Story

Foodchat on Food and Health. What are the ways in which food, health, and education can be formulated to improve lives and create a future in which all children are not at risk of obesity?

The Persistence of the Primitive Food Movement From the Freakonomics Blog, "Americans are currently embracing a strange sort of primitivism. Bicycles are losing gears, runners are afoot in shoes designed to creatae a barefoot sensation (some are even running barefoot), and men are growing bushy Will Oldham-like beards. It’s all very curious and entertaining. But nowhere has our love for the supposed simplicity of the past been more evident than in food trends."

Food Cannot Be Ethical. Only People Can. A recent report, Ethical Food, attempts to address "Are ethical brand claims influencing food purchases? And if so, which claims matter most to consumers?". Unfortunately, this report is about creating a divisive environment around food, its production, and the people who work in the food and agriculture industries.

Looking to discover other agriculture focused conversations? Start by looking into these agriculture tags: Farm, Ag4all, Profood, AgChat, and Dairy.

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Dr. Terry Etherton

Link to blogHalf-Baked Statistics on GE Crops Dr. Etherton shares thoughts from Elton Robinson, Farm Press Editorial Staff, on the Consumers Union's (publisher of Consumer Reports) recently conducted poll on genetically engineered crops in response to their dissatisfaction with the USDA survey on genetically engineered alfalfa.

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