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Antibiotics, Animal Ag, and People.


The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) webinar on Antibiotics in Animals and People presents a series of reviews and research on the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture.

“A broad prohibition on use of antibiotics to prevent disease has, in some cases, increased the amount used for disease treatment and has not minimized total antibiotic use,” [Jim] Pettigrew said. “This can be detrimental to animal welfare and to efficiency of resource use.”

Jim Pettigrew, University of Illinois professor of animal sciences, is a member of the FASS Science Policy Committee and served as the lead coordinator for the recently approved FASS policy statement on antibiotics.

FASS developed the following policy statement as part of their efforts to engage the public and provide guidance to animal agriculture professionals.

The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) strongly supports the judicious use of antibiotics in food animal care consistent with the health and welfare of the animals, with preserving the value of antibiotics in protecting human and animal health, and with efficient use of the earth’s resources in food production

Consumer Food Trendspotting


The Institute of Food Technologists combines new information from the U.S. Census with consumer purchasing habits and retail rends to provide a detailed report on the American Family's eating habits.

Families with children comprise an influential segment of the U.S. population, and understanding their cooking patterns, health concerns, and dining out preferences is critical to effectively targeting them.

Of note are the two charts depicting U.S. household types by age of householder (image) and % of mothers making a strong effort to limit their child’s consumption of specific substances (image).

DairyCast Update for January 14, 2011, Will New Anaerobic Digester Technologies Pay?

Thanks again to all who participated in the DairyCast survey for 2011. The information from the survey is being reviewed and will be published February 1st. Also, congratulations to Dan Illg, the winner of the $100 Target gift card drawing.

Dr. Steve Meyer - How Will Ethanol and Corn Interact?

 

Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, provides an in-depth pork industry economic update, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.

 

Key factors for 2011: Ethanol and biofuels policy; Grains and costs of production; Policy decisions; Macro-economic situation – esp. $US; Last month’s elections

Agriculture Answering the Call of Smartphones


More and more farmers, growers, and producers will pickup a smartphone as they trade in their old phones. How would a grower use a smartphone application, or 'app' as they are called? Immediate uses include general information tools, like weather, news, or finance. Many of the smartphones ship with these types of applications pre-installed. Other uses include specialized seed and soil calculators, ag news, and subscription ag management tools.