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Dr. Elwynn Taylor - Weather Outlook


Weather Outlook - Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Climatologist, Ag Meteorologist, Iowa State University, from the 2012 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

How Technology and Ag Come Together


With the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act moving forward to law, technology companies are lining up to help implement the details. Much of the legislation is all about collecting, tracking, and analysis of data and information on food. This includes putting in place systems to register food facilities, collect and monitor data from production farms, notify multiple parties about food related issues, and handle food recalls.

Does Media Present Science Fairly?


Science in the media can be very hard to explain. This is especially true when the topic, like genetically modified organisms (GMO), is very technical, not very sexy, or controversial. In the case of GMOs, some media outlets cater to the confusion and aim to be sensational. Unfortunately, this approach distorts the facts and may cause consumers to make inaccurate statements about what they eat, buy, or recommend.

On December 7, 2010, Dr. Pamela Ronald, a distinguished plant scientist at the University of California – Davis, appeared as guest expert on the nationally-syndicated “Dr. Oz Show” to discuss the benefits of GMOs.

Unfortunately, what “played out” was way past disappointing. There was unbelievable bias in how the segment was edited to produce the “final” version that overshadowed the sound scientific facts about GMOs. I found it remarkable that much of what Dr. Ronald presented during the filming of the segment was edited “out” of the final version of the show!

It is important to understand how media uses fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) to derail constructive conversations about complicated subjects. Learn more from Dr. Terry Etherton and his response to the producers of the Dr. Oz Show.

Issues With Corn As Food Vs Fuel In 2011?


Corn production and demand are coming together to increase corn prices. This is great for corn growers but not great for those that depend on corn for animal feed. Adding ethanol into the mix again put corn in the middle of the food versus fuel debate.

Ethanol is consuming corn at a rate that is only 10 percent less than that of livestock and poultry demand. And more than one bushel of corn out of three produced in the US will be converted to ethanol in the current marketing year. That is going to cause concern about the amount of corn we will produce and whether it will be enough to meet demand with minimal rationing. And that causes concern for the traders.

Dr. Robert Wisner, University Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University, states "Corn supplies will be tight and some rationing of demand likely will be needed in the year ahead." This is not a great situation for those in animal agriculture without hedges and other risk mitigation actions in play.

CropVillage 0217 - How To Manage Your Organization Through Industry Disruption

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mp3CropVillage 0217 Show Notes:
  • The unusual aspect of the most recent economic and corporate calamity is that nearly everyone experienced severe industry disruption. Today's presentation is from Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management. This Back To The Classroom series overviews his considerations on changing organizational innovation in the 'new normal' of increased industry turmoil. Listen to this while you're on the road. You'll need time to think about it.

CropVillage 0205 - Agriculture 2.0 Conference and Its Value to Ag

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  • Agriculture 2.0 aims to bring capital to the agriculture industry to develop and launch out new ideas around ag sustainability, food production, energy, and agri-tech. Janine Yario talks about how NewSeed Advisors utilizes media and conferences to bring together investors and presenting companies.

CropVillage update for March 12, 2010, What Might Agricultural Field Robots Look Like?

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What Might Agricultural Field Robots Look Like?

MP3 fileRasmus Nyholm Jørgensen , Professor in Biosystem Engineering at University of Southern Denmark, shares insights on agricultural field robots.

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