How Will British Free Range Operators Fare?

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A British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) survey indicates that nearly 12% of the the UK's commercial free range flock could disappear if producers continue to lose money. Many operations are experiences increasing costs and reduced revenues.
Some producers say they have no option but to carry on in the hope the market improves because they are trapped by bank loans. "I invested in a new efficient multi-tier system just before the market crash. There is no choice but to continue at a loss as the bank are demanding repayments on the investment loan and we have to go down fighting if need be," said a producer.
Many BFREPA members say they will reduce numbers or end production completely unless the market conditions improve.

What do farmers think about consumers?

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The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance's Survey of Farmers, Ranchers, and Consumers suggests that 93% of farmers and ranchers believe consumer's perception of US modern farming practices are somewhat or not accurate at all. The survey also notes that consumers are firmly divided on the direction of modern agriculture.

These and other survey observations were discussed in the Food Dialogues Town Hall, segments of which can be watched on-line.

PoultryCast 0276, Have You Lined Out Your Life Lessons?

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  • Robert Joss, Professor of Finance, Dean Emeritus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, shares his Top 10 Life Lessons with a group about to graduate.  These thoughts are applicable regardless of your position on the journey.  Feel free the share the link.
  • Link to full video with Robert J. Joss.

Animal Ag Industry Is Disconnected From The Public

Temple Grandin, USDA NRCS
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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.

Alaska Poultry Gone

Alaska Poultry Gone Triple D Farm and Hatchery has closed for business and thus ends commercial poultry production in Alaska.
Alaska once had as many as 81,000 chickens on farms. Now, Triple D was the last commercial poultry farm in the state. It might be best known for its turkeys, but it only sold about 400 of those a year, dwarfing its chicken business. The farm sold about 10,000 dressed chickens a year. Save for some leftover product in the freezer, all those chickens are gone. All the equipment is for sale. All the hard work, years of toiling, "up in smoke."
The ability to raise poultry in Alaska has be constrained by regulations in recent years.

PoultryCast 0273, Leading Latinos Into Leadership

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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.

PoultryCast 0269, Independence Day Special With Independent Leader Jack Welch

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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.

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