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PoultryCast 0246, Why You Need Poultry Certification Training

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PoultryCast 0243, Improving Air Quality In Your Facilities

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PoultryCast 0242, New Product Enhances WiFi Coverage In Rural Areas

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  • Ayrstone Productivity creates extended local wifi internet solutions which may solve distance or connection issues on your operation.   

Dr. John Foley - How Do We Feed A Growing World Without Destroying The Planet?


How Do We Feed A Growing World Without Destroying The Planet? - Dr. John Foley - University of Minnesota , Institute of the Environment, from the Leman Pork Conference, September 18-21, 2010, RiverCentre, St Paul, MN, USA.

What Is The 5 Step Animal Welfare Rating Program?


Whole Foods highlights through a 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system how animals are raised before being purchased by consumers. Global Animal Partnership (GAP), developers of Whole Foods' rating system, seeks to achieve higher welfare for farm animals by building partnerships, working in collaboration with farmers, ranchers, food retail, and animal science experts.

Whole Foods Market harbors the same hopes for its chickens that many parents do for their kids: That they'll get plenty of fresh air, live at home until they reach maturity and avoid gaining weight so fast that they can't walk.

While Whole Foods Market was the driving force behind developing the standards, GAP Executive Director Miyun Park believes they will move well beyond the chain, spurring "massive improvements in the way animals are raised in this country."

The 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating is available for beef cattle, pigs, and broiler chickens.

What's That Smell? Biofilter To Reduce Odor

What is that smell?

Ted Funk, a University of Illinois Extension agricultural engineer with the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), and Matt Robert, an ABE research engineer, constructed two biofilters on the ABE research farm to reduce odor emissions by up to 90%.

"The new design uses 30-inch concrete silo staves that fit together like puzzle pieces," said Robert.

The biofilters media is expected to last between three and five years and cost about dollar per cubic foot per minute (cfm) of air handled.

"Reducing odor and being a good neighbor sound good until it comes to the pocketbook," said Funk. "Biofiltration has been around a long time in other industries, but it's never been brought down to a cost that the livestock industry can handle."

PoultryCast 0285, Media Reports Influence Meat Demand

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PoultryCast 0234, Legislative and Regulatory Attacks On Animal Health

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  • Dr. Liz Wagstrom, associate professor in infectious disease and public health at the Univ of MN presented her view of action in Washington on both legislative and regulatory fronts dealing with animal agriculture's use of antibiotics, public perception and potential industry change. 

PoultryCast 0229, Mycotoxin Issues Remain Major Concern In 2009 Crop

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  • Dr. Bob Thaler, North Dakota State, discusses Mycotoxin issues from the 2009 crop which are causing concern as we feed out the remainder of that crop during the summer months. 

PoultryCast update for June 23, 2010, How Will Changing Food Trends In North America Impact My Operation?

Comments from Truffle Media's Trent Fredenburg: After a recent trip to Chicago, I am reminded once again how great the distance is between consumers and the farm. While the mileage from downtown Chicago to the nearest farm may not be long, the distance in understanding of consumers and food production is continually growing.

We need to establish education as one of our top priorities and work diligently to close this education gap that exists today. So I challenge each of us to do a little more to help consumers better understand our story of producing their food. Take a couple of minutes and share with me some of the steps that you have taken to help educate our consumers. Or just share some of your thoughts on how we, as an agriculture community, can do a better job of educating.
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