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Dr. Steve Meyers - Economic Grain Situation and Outlook


Economic Grain Situation and Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyers, Paragon Economics, from the 2012 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

Dr. Jack Morgan - Grazinglands and Global Climate Change: What is the Science Telling Us?


Grazinglands and Global Climate Change: What is the Science Telling Us? - Dr. Jack Morgan, USDA/ARS, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

Janie Gabbett - Media Deconstruction On Agriculture Stories


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.

CropVillage Update for April 30, 2012, Any Farm Bill Action?


Information To Help Your Operations

  1. Video: Agriculture Is Talking But What Are They Hearing? - What are some of the ways to get out and share stories from agriculture? Jim Fraley, Illinois Farm Bureau, provides some guidance [video].
  2. Video: Managing for Optimum Forage Quality - David Fischer, University of Illinois Extension Dairy Director (retired), shares the importance of properly managing critical periods in forage development and harvest to gain maximum value from those acres. [video].
  3. Audio: Farm Bill Action In Washington - That's Good! - No, That's Bad - House Ag Committee Chair Congressman Frank Lucas recently spent some time with farmers walking through the current climate in Washington, D.C.

Can World Supply China Corn?

China to add to squeeze on world corn supply China's growth means that many of its raw materials to sustain the growth must come from other parts of the world. To help gauge Chinese demand for materials, many companies and governments rely on estimates from the China National Bureau of Statistics and other sources, like U.S. Government agencies. If, however, the estimates are wrong one way or the other by a larger than expected margin, the commodity markets start to react, and cause some companies to loose business and revenue.
China's National Bureau of Statistics said that farms produced a record corn crop in 2011 of 191.8 million tonnes. But enthusiastic local officials often overstate the size of crops in China to impress central authorities and win bigger subsidies.

Leveling The Playing Field For Small Operations

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There are a series of campaigns aimed at securing larger government support for smaller farms. Smaller operators believe US agriculture policies do not favor small, independent farmers.
"I think funding is one of the biggest struggles I have encountered," said [Alex] Bryan. "To get funding to play in the game, to purchase equipment or to build infrastructure that follows guidelines that may be more appropriate for a large-scale producer, may be prohibitive to the small producer. We're following a lot of the same regulations."
Rules through the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) are seen as a way to help smaller farms be on a level playing field with larger operations.

Secure The Dairy Cows?

The Dairy Security
Audio via DairyCast.com

The National Milk Producers Federation is fully supporting H.R. 3062, titled The Dairy Security Act of 2011.  NMPF CEO Jerry Kozak explained the legislation and background on this important initiative to reporters.

Is the UN FAO Using Science to Compare Livestock to Transportation?

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Did the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations apply balanced comparisons between livestock and transportation, with respect to environmental impact? According to Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Agricultural Air Quality Center Director, University of California, Davis, the FAO's published report "Livestock's Long Shadow" misses the mark by comparing apples to oranges.

A true lifecycle assessment must be done on any system being compared.

You need to perform a complete life cycle assessment of both systems before any statements about livestock and transportation can be made and compared.

What is the Carbon Footprint of Pork?

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Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Information & Research, National Pork Board, provides an update on the sustainability and environmental improvements the pork industry is focused on. From the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

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