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Dr. André Williamson - The Cost of Increased Regulation to Producers and Consumers


The Cost of Increased Regulation to Producers and Consumers - Dr. André Williamson, Agralytica Senior Consultant, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

Chris Herr - Bridging the Divide, Finding Common Ground


Bridging the Divide, Finding Common Ground - Chris Herr, PennAg Industries Association Executive Vice President, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

Janie Gabbett - Agriculture’s Voice in Today’s Media


Agriculture’s Voice in Today’s Media - Janie Gabbett, Meatingplace Executive Editor, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

How Are Organic Sales Bucking the Trend?

organic poultry grows globally Going organic is a serious commitment that can pay off in global markets. While there has long been a general agriculture industry dismissal for organic production, it is what consumer want and will pay for it. Food distributors and processors are moving to serve that need on a large scale.
Despite the tough economic times, the organic market around the world is growing and going against the trend of generally falling sales, cuts and reduced expenditure.
Organic cannot be the only answer to agriculture production (read Mythbusting 101: Organic Farming > Conventional Agriculture) but it is an option to create strong value for producers. Farm operations that take the time to plan and understand the organic market and business model can be rewarded handsomely.

Struggling Meat and Poultry Demand?

Jan 2012 Meyer Swine Economics

Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, provided an update on the state of the meat and poultry markets. His main take away is that the demand continued to struggle late 2011.

The bad news is that these "annual" numbers for 2011 have been getting worse and worse as the year has progressed.

Steve reminds us that the indexes only describe how demand is changing, not why a change is occurring. He believes consumer incomes and spending was the major negative force in the domestic market in 2011.

Charts below from Paragon Economics, using USDA data.

Animal Ag Industry Is Disconnected From The Public

Temple Grandin, USDA NRCS
Audio via PoultryCast.com

Temple Grandin's presentation to producers highlights that the agriculture industry needs to communicate with the public directly and openly. Here are some snippets of her talk:
"What people are imagining is happening inside the [animal] sheds is way worse than is what is actually happening" The ag industry must show what is happening on farms. Get a video camera in barns, cameras are cheap.

Safe, Abundant, and Global Food Supply?

Safe food Global Ag Ted McKinney, Senior Director of Global Affairs, Elanco Animal Health, presents an approach to help extend the conversation about global food production and the acceptance of global agriculture. Details also outlined in Making safe, affordable and abundant food a global reality whitepaper.

Where Does Processing Begin?

Addressing Consumer Concerns with Modern Food Production

David Schmidt, President & CEO, International Food Information Council shares the issues and the concerns consumers have with the term "processed food". From the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

David Schmidt - Addressing Consumer Concerns with Modern Food Production


Addressing Consumer Concerns with Modern Food Production - David Schmidt, President & CEO, International Food Information Council, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

How To Tackle The Poultry Industry Issues Head On

Poultry Farm Perspective

Clint Hickman, VP of Sales & Marketing, Hickman's Family Farms, provides a poultry producer perspective on the issues in the industry and how to tackle them head on, not by running and hiding but by being open, proactive, and engaging. From the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

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