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How Will Farms Be Impacted By US EPA Rule?

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure
The US EPA Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule was developed because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. This new ruling applies facilities that have a total capacity to contain over 1320 gallons of oil, including gasoline, crop oil, vegetable oil, or animal fat. Fat can be an element for many feed mills, even fat in 55 gallon drums, and many farm operations can have gasoline or diesel fuel in sufficient quantity to apply. Facilities must have a plan in place to prevent the spill entering waterways. The plan does not have to be submitted to the EPA, but must be in place upon inspection.

DairyCast Update for November 18, 2011, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Wish List

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Do you like surprises?  Susan Bora, Senior Vice President at the Food Marketing Institute, says her processor/retailer members don't either. When asked how we can work better with our retail partners, top of her list is letting them know when something is coming their way, good or bad. Transparency is a virtue, because in this internet i-reporter driven age, it will be outed sooner or later.

Conversations from the World Dairy Expo highlights the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Wish List. What they're doing and where they're going in the year ahead. It's all about moving product from the shelves and from our shores. More conference conversations coming in the weeks ahead so stay tuned.
How is your dairy conference connection developing? Conferences are more than just the event location, presenters, food, and attendees. Each successive event you plan is building a feeling, a movement, possibly even a brand.

DairyCast Update for November 3, 2011, Are Animal Antibiotics Coming To An End?

Conference conversations! Recent meetings in Chicago looked at agricultural access to antibiotics and connecting with consumers. 

The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) has developed a deep dataset on consumer perspective and buying decisions. Charlie Arnot, CFI's CEO, shares the first chapter in this presentation at the Food Systems Summit.

Presentations from the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's conference, "Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture", are now online.  Preview topics and interests with this podcast episode featuring Q&A to a multi-species panel.
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Antibiotics, What are the Concerns?


The use of antibiotics in animal agriculture fuels discussion based on few facts and much misinformation. Dispel many of those myths as you review these presentations from the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals, held October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Tara Smith - Livestock-Associated Staphylococcus aureus: An Overview


Livestock-Associated Staphylococcus aureus: An Overview - Dr. Tara Smith, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, from the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.