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DairyCast 0453 - EPA is Not On Agriculture's Side

DairyCast 0453 Show Notes:
  • Attorney and Illinois farmer Gary Baise once played a role in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.  He tells the annual meeting of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture that the agency is now establishing regulations that will end modern agriculture.

DairyCast Update for March 29, 2012, Good or Bad? Farm Bill Action In Washington?


Information To Help Your Operations

  1. Audio: Good or Bad? Farm Bill Action In Washington - Congressman Frank Lucas, House Ag Committee Chair, updated a livestock group on the current climate in Washington, D.C. and offered his thoughts on the next Farm Bill, where it stands and what might happen [audio].
  2. Audio: Claudia, The High-Tech Cow, Drives Opportunities and Revenue - The dairy industry is different. The reality is that set milk and feed prices are a thing of the past and many dairy operations need to approach revenue with a new look.

DairyCast 0450 - Farm Bill Action In Washington - That's Good! - No, That's Bad

DairyCast 0450 Show Notes:
  • Talking with a livestock group, House Ag Committee Chair Congressman Frank Lucas recently spent some time walking through the current climate in Washington, D.C. and gave his thoughts on the next Farm Bill, where it stands and what might happen.  Please pass this one to others in your organization.

Global Green Revolution in Animal Agriculture?

Global Green Revolution in Animal Agriculture Dr. Frank Mitloehner provides some practical reference stories from Europe on the viability of standard small operations that would struggle to produce the quantity of food for the growing population. His example story is from the first ‘Bioenergiedorf’ (bioenergy village) Jühnde, in the heart of Germany, where the inhabitants are implementing 21st century energy production systems on top of dairy operations utilizing 1960's production technology.
Most of the dairy barns have not been modernized since the 1960s-’70s, and the scale of production has always been extremely small, especially to someone like me, who is used to California dairies and other concentrated feeding operations. A 100-head dairy is considered a large operation in this idyllic village and other places throughout central Europe.
Dr. Mitloehner highlights that the small dairy farm approach traditional in Europe actually creates a larger carbon footprint than larger operations with 1000's of cows. Dr. Mitloehner advocates for a global green revolution in animal agriculture, "coupled with technology transfers, to supply a growing demand for animal protein, while providing environmental stewardship by using sustainable and modern production practices."

What Are The Economics into 2012?

The Economy, Silly!
Audio via DairyCast.com


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 0437 - Food Marketing Institute Wants To Bridge Producer Consumer Communication

DairyCast 0437 Show Notes:
  • Susan Bora, Senior VP for communications at the Food Marketing Institute, discussed efforts underway at the Food Marketing Institute to better communications from retailer to consumers.  She shares her thoughts on transparency and foreknowledge of issues which might impact perception at the recent Food Systems Summit. 

DairyCast 0433 - NIAA's Asking If Food Animals Shall Continue To Have Access To Antibiotics?

DairyCast 0433 Show Notes:

Dr. Tom Shryock - Initiatives to Ensure Public Health, Food Safety, Animal Health and Welfare


Initiatives to Ensure Public Health, Food Safety, Animal Health and Welfare of Antibiotic Use in Food Animals - Dr. Tom Shryock, Senior Research Advisor of Microbiology, Elanco Animal Health, from the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. William T. Flynn - U.S. FDA Initiatives Regarding the Judicious Use of Antibiotics in Food-Producing Animals


U.S. FDA Initiatives Regarding the Judicious Use of Antibiotics in Food-Producing Animals - Dr. William T. Flynn, Deputy Director for Science Policy, Food and Drug Administration, from the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Robert Flamm - The Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance in Human Health


The Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance in Human Health - Dr. Robert Flamm, Director of Antimicrobial Development, JMI Laboratories, from the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

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