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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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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.

DairyCast update for January 28, 2011, Life After Business Trauma

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100 Questions That Can Change Agriculture

Many organizations are stating that by 2050 there will be 9 billion people on Earth and that agriculture must change to be able to produce enough food for this growing population.

Despite a significant growth in food production over the past half-century, one of the most important challenges facing society today is how to feed an expected population of some nine billion by the middle of the 20th century.

The top 100 questions of importance to the future of global agriculture is the result of research and focused conversations about the global issues, agriculture, and being able to meet the food needs of the world.

The aim is to use sound scientific evidence to inform decision making and guide policy makers in the future direction of agricultural research priorities and policy support. If addressed, we anticipate that these questions will have a significant impact on global agricultural practices worldwide, while improving the synergy between agricultural policy, practice and research. This research forms part of the UK Government's Foresight Global Food and Farming Futures project.

Consumers Are Swayed by Animal Welfare Issues

Marketing to consumers must be factored into any animal agriculture policy and legislative fronts. The public exposure animal rights and animal welfare debates create also impact purchasing decisions by consumers.

Fighting ballot initiatives regarding the care and housing of farm/food animals might actually be poorly advised, according to a recent study by economists at Oklahoma State University. The analysis evaluated demand for eggs in selected California markets before and following the vote on the farm animal housing initiative -- Proposition 2, or "Prop 2" -- in 2008 in which California voters adopted Prop 2 by 66% of the vote.

Animal ag producers must understand the consumer market space and strategically think about how to approach ballot initiatives and new regulations.

"If this attention leads to undesirable consumer shifts in purchasing behaviors, industry stakeholders need to be cautious in developing strategies in response to ballot initiatives similar to Prop 2 in the future"

advises Glynn Tonsor, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University.