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.

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.

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