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How Farmers Get Serious Business Done With Mobile


At SXSW on March 11, Justin Davey (Multimedia Producer with Agriculture.com), Audrey Bartlett (Product Marketing Manager with John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group), Jeff Caldwell (Multimedia Editor for Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com), and Neil Mylet (a Camden, Indiana, farmer and founder of LoadOut Technologies) will talk about how farmers are really wired and that serious technology is used to bring your food from gate to plate. The panel, moderated by Nathan Wright, will highlight some of the trends in mobile devices and describe several mobile apps in agriculture.

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.

What Are Global Perspectives on Commodity Price Spikes?


Photo AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File

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.