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Dr. Frank Mitloehner - The Overarching Demand for Food and Implications for Resource Use and Ecosystems


The Overarching Demand for Food and Implications for Resource Use and Ecosystems - Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Associate Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist, University of California-Davis, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Charlie Arnot - Consumers' Perceptions and Role in Understanding Current and Future Production Practices


Consumers' Perceptions and Role in Understanding Current and Future Production Practices - Charlie Arnot, CEO, Center for Food Integrity, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Animal Ag Industry Must Police its Members

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Mercy for Animals released a video showing graphic images of people at the E6 Cattle Company (Hart, Texas) abusing cows. Many in the dairy industry spoke out, many saying that this is a bad apple and the all animal farms are not like what is portrayed in the video.

"Many farmers like myself and my family spend long hours caring for our animals the proper way only to have one bad actor ruin it for thousands." said Ray Prock, Jr. of Ray-Lin Dairy in California.

Agriculture industry trade groups are calling on animal agriculture industry professionals to bring on peer pressure to remove operators that are not following the regulations and laws in place.

DairyCast update for April 8, 2011, What Does NIAA Have In Store For Its Conference?

What are Nanoparticles? They may provide value in dealing with agricultural air emissions.  Researcher Dr. Bernardo Predicala discusses his specific interest in ammonia suppression but suggests the long-term outlook is positive across a range of contaminants.

What does USDA's 'Test and Hold' mean? This new requirement for meat and poultry products will enhance existing procedures and help to reduce foodborne illnesses.

How Does USDA Inspected Stamp Change?

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The USDA has issued a change in the way the pervasive "Inspected" stamp is to be applied in the future. The new process calls for the stamp's application to occur after test samples come back negative for any issues.

The American Meat Institute has long urged the industry to adopt test and hold policies. In October 2009, Patrick Boyle, president of AMI, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking that the agency mandate test and hold. Boyle noted in the letter that more than 80 percent of the recalls due to of E. coli O157:H7 and all recalls due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes during 2009 could have been prevented if tested products had been held.