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Feedstuffs in Focus is a weekly look at the hot issues in the livestock, poultry, grain and feed industries. Join us each Thursday as we talk with industry influencers, experts and leaders about trends and more. Feedstuffs in Focus is produced by the team at Feedstuffs.

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    Understanding the Latest Research on Feed Ingredients and Swine Biosecurity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 22:37


    The transmission of disease-causing pathogens via feed ingredients has garnered a tremendous amount of study in recent years. With the specter of African Swine Fever in the minds of every U.S. pork producer, understanding the survivability of viral pathogens in a variety of vectors is critically important to adequate biosecurity on hog farms.Dr. Scott Dee is a veterinarian and research at Pipestone Applied Research. He and his colleagues have done as much or more study into the role feed ingredients play in virus transmission as anyone in the business. His most recent paper looked at a case study in which Senecavirus A was introduced into a historically-negative country via soybean meal imported from a positive country.In this episode we talk with Dr. Dee about the findings from this case study, how they apply to U.S. swine biosecurity efforts, and what veterinarians and producers need to do more generally to achieve what he describes as “next-generation biosecurity”.This episode of Feedstuffs in Focus is sponsored by Topigs Norsvin. Swine genetics company Topigs Norsvin is renowned for its innovative approach to implementing new technologies and its continuous focus on cost-efficient and sustainable pig production. Research, innovation, and dissemination of genetic improvements are the cornerstones of the company. Topigs Norsvin's approach of breeding pigs for enhanced, natural robustness to disease challenge is a viable solution for disease control. You can learn more about Topigs Norsvin and their natural breeding approach by visiting their website TopigsNorsvin.us.  

    Selecting breeding stock for enhanced disease robustness

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 19:05


    Breeding pigs for increased natural robustness to disease has become an important tool in the effort to raise healthier pigs in the modern swine production system. With a variety of disease pressures facing producers, using every tool in the toolbox is necessary to maintain profitability and strong animal welfare. One swine genetics company is focusing their research on ways to further enhance their pigs' natural robustness.Dr. Jenelle Dunkelberger is a swine geneticist at Topigs Norsvin, where she's spent the past four years applying her research to the genetic programs of one of the world's largest swine genetics companies. In this episode, Dunkelberger explains what she and her colleagues have learned about the role of genetics in managing swine diseases, and shares the results of some of her latest research into selecting for robustness to disease in the company's breeding goal.This episode of Feedstuffs in Focus is sponsored by Topigs Norsvin.  Swine genetics company Topigs Norsvin is renowned for its innovative approach to implementing new technologies and its continuous focus on cost-efficient and sustainable pig production.  Research, innovation, and dissemination of genetic improvements are the cornerstones of the company. Topigs Norsvin's approach of breeding pigs for enhanced, natural robustness to disease challenge is a viable solution for disease control. You can learn more about Topigs Norsvin and their natural breeding approach by visiting their website TopigsNorsvin.us. 

    Volatility is name of game in grain markets

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 12:22


    Commodities are often referred to as a “hedge against inflation” in the financial markets. With inflation at generational highs, what is the outlook for agricultural commodities – particularly feed grains – as harvest gets underway?Prices are always a hot topic in agricultural circles, and they were certainly on the minds of many farmers attending the Farm Progress Show in late August. Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead spoke with a pair of analysts from Rabo AgriFinance to get to the bottom of what the industry should expect as combines start rolling in earnest later this month. Sarah spoke first with Andrick Payen Diaz de la Vega about the inherent volatility in the current markets; later, you'll hear from Sam Taylor about a global perspective on the seed and inputs underpinning the cost of producing feed grains.

    Tackling food insecurity in uncertain times

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 12:39


    Food insecurity is often a topic of discussion in agriculture, but often within the frame of how will the industry feed a growing population. But the sad reality is that food insecurity is a challenge right here at home, and a large percentage of the funding promulgated in the Farm Bill is dedicated to solving the complex challenge of helping farmers feed their fellow Americans.Lisa Hamler-Fugitt is Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, an organization representing Ohio's 12 Feeding America foodbanks and their 3,600 member hunger relief programs. Recently inducted into the Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame, she is an advocate not only for the food insecure, but for farmers and the vital role they play in feeding all of us; she is often heard explaining, “We all have to eat.”Earlier this week her organization hosted a convening on the topic of the Farm Bill, bringing together people from farm organizations, state and federal government, food and hunger organizations, and industry and academia.The broad topic was how the next Farm Bill – the legislation that funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its many and diverse programs from commodities and conservation to nutrition and rural development – will shape the scope and nature of food insecurity in this country over the next 5 to 10 years. Feedstuffs broadcast editor Andy Vance moderated a panel at the event on tackling food insecurity in uncertain times, and spoke with Hamler-Fugitt about her unique perspective on the Farm Bill, and her concerns for the often tenuous coalition it takes to pass such a massive piece of legislation in a hyper-partisan environment.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Inflation: How long can meat prices stay this high?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 20:34


    Protein prices have increased rapidly in the past 24 months, amid the broader press of inflation. With inflation at its highest rate in more than 40 years, the question becomes how long beef, pork and poultry prices can remain at such elevated levels before demand erodes significantly.David Williams is senior vice president of procurement and management at CTI Foods, based in Texas. In this episode, Williams discusses the current state of the animal protein markets, with an eye toward the implications of sustained food price inflation on demand, and how those same factors will influence the supply side of the equation over the next 12-to-24 months.We also discuss the persistent drought in cattle country, and why he says most analysts are underestimating how much the cattle herd is shrinking as producers struggle in the absence of hay and pasture.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Understanding a U.S.-based solution to rising fertilizer costs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 20:35


    Livestock producers could play a role in helping crop producers manage one of their costliest inputs. A simple, sustainable, and effective - yet not well-known - solution for rising fertilizer prices, is digestate, the byproduct of anaerobic digestion of organic waste material like animal manure.In this episode we talk with Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the American Biogas Council, who shares his insights on what's happening in the fertilizer market and how this alternative source of nutrients can be a boon for livestock and feed grain producers alike.You can read more of our coverage of the commodity markets and developing production technologies in the pages of Feedstuffs; you can find the latest issue now by visiting Feedstuffs.com and clicking on “Digital Editions.”

    Consumers still buying meat in face of inflation

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 15:47


    Inflation will continue to be the top challenge to retail meat demand for the foreseeable future. Retail meat and poultry prices were as much as 18% higher, year over year, in May according to the Consumer Price Index, and inventories remain below pre-pandemic levels. That combination of tight supplies and solid demand kept meat prices 20% higher than the five-year average for the March-May period overall, according to the latest analysis from CoBank.Brian Earnest is the lead economist for animal protein in CoBank's Knowledge Exchange division. He provides market and industry research for the poultry, pork, and beef sectors, and in this episode shares his latest analysis of those markets with a particular eye on the role inflation might play in tempering consumer demand.He also shares his analysis of the supply-side situation, from inventory reductions in the beef space to expansion in the poultry sector.You can read more of our coverage of the animal protein markets in the pages of Feedstuffs; you can find the latest issue now by visiting Feedstuffs.com and clicking on “Digital Editions.”

    Examining opportunities, challenges in exporting more meat to Africa

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 29:21


    Of the $5 billion of U.S. beef exported around the world through May of this year, only $8 million has been to Africa. But Africa is a very promising destination for beef variety meats, a low-cost protein that helps meet Africa's nutritional needs. There is also growing interest in higher-end beef cuts that draw interest from Africa's growing middle class.Matt Copeland, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) representative in Africa, says that a growing population, an expanding need for affordable protein, an explosion in western-style retail outlets and some softening in regulatory barriers signal the region is a potential growth market for U.S. red meat. In this episode Copeland explains how USMEF, with support from USDA and the Beef Checkoff Program, is laying the groundwork with importers, retailers and suppliers to expand U.S. red meat sales in the region.You can read more of our coverage of global meat trade in the pages of Feedstuffs; you can find the July issue now by visiting Feedstuffs.com and clicking on “Digital Editions.”This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Beef industry priorities in next farm bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 12:31


    Farm Bill discussions often center on crop-centric programs in the commodity title, tweaks to food and nutrition programs, or ways to enhance USDA's conservation mission. But what do livestock producers need from the next Farm Bill?This week in Reno, Nevada, cattlemen and beef industry participants gathered for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Summer Business Meeting. As part of the meeting's policy focus, industry leaders turned their attention to the 2023 Farm Bill.For a deep dive on NCBA's Farm Bill priorities – including conservation, risk management and disaster relief programs – we'll hear from NCBA's Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Rivera.You can read more of our coverage of the 2023 Farm Bill in the pages of Feedstuffs; you can find the July issue now by visiting Feedstuffs.com and clicking on “Digital Editions.”

    Economic headwinds, drought cloud outlook for cattle producer profitability

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 20:34


    Economic headwinds and ongoing weather concerns are the major storylines heading into the back half of 2022. With ongoing uncertainty about inflation, interest rates, global conflict and drought across large swaths of cattle country all on the table, beef producers have plenty to think about when looking at the big picture.Lance Zimmerman was recently named Senior Beef Analyst at Rabobank's Food and Agribusiness research team. Zimmerman joined Rabobank after nearly 12 years at CattleFax, where he served as CattleFax's Manager of Research, Analysis and Data from 2016 to 2021, and most recently as Director of Research and Protein Market Analysis. Prior to joining CattleFax, Zimmerman spent more than six years at Certified Angus Beef, where he led their marketing and supply development efforts.In this episode, Zimmerman discusses the liquidation of the U.S. cattle herd due to ongoing drought challenges, and what current economic conditions portend for the future of the beef industry as a whole.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Labeling, regulation key to novel food ingredients

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 9:28


    Innovation is a given in the food industry as companies look for new ways to meet the always changing demands of consumers. Our Sarah Muirhead was on the trade show floor in Chicago this past week at IFT First to learn about some of the products that are under development and to talk with the experts involved in moving new products from concept to the dinner table. One of the experts she caught up with was Dr. Ray Matulka with the Burdock Group, who provided insight into food regulation and labeling on novel food ingredients and processes, including alternative meat and dairy products.  

    Tackling biosecurity in finishing phase of swine production

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 16:37


    In response to data from the Swine Disease Reporting System, leaders of the Swine Health Information Center recently shifted $1 million of its 2022 budget to focus specifically on biosecurity in the finishing phase of hog production. The data showed a number of disease pressures on finishers, from APP to PRRS, prompting the additional focus on that segment of the production chain.Megan Niederwerder is a veterinarian and swine health researcher serving as Associate Director of the Swine Health Information Center, otherwise known by the acronym SHIC. In this episode Dr. Niederwerder explains what the Reporting System showed in terms of disease outbreaks in finishing barns, and why SHIC opted for a mid-year shift in its programming in response to that data.We'll also focus specifically on recent APP outbreaks, and why those are particularly concerning to producers and the veterinarians who care for the pigs in finishing operations.For more of our coverage of animal health and related research, check out the latest dynamic digital edition of Feedstuffs HERE.

    Economist David Widmar examines corn usage and outlook for feed and fuel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 24:28


    With high corn prices very much on the minds of livestock feeders, what does available data tell us about corn usage trends? While it might be true to say that usage is only down 2% off all-time records, it would also be fair to say that trendline usage off by a billion bushels, the worst in nearly a decade. Let's peel back the figures and take a deeper look at corn prices, usage, and the future for the feed and biofuels sectors.David Widmar is an agricultural economist writing at Agricultural Economic Insights. In this episode the former Purdue University professor and Kansas Department of Agriculture economist discusses corn usage trends in the era of persistent high prices, and his expectations for how the Federal Reserve will handle generationally-high inflation with an eye toward keeping recessionary fears at bay.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Attracting capital investment in animal agriculture

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 12:00


    Animal agriculture is lagging when it comes to investment dollars. Why is that? In this episode we talk with Aidan Connolly of AgriTech Capital to get his thoughts on what the industry can do to catch up with other sectors in attracting investment.

    Inflation making for interesting choices at meat case

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 11:55


    Inflation is running rampant, with the cost of energy driving everything higher, including prices of meat and protein products at retail. And yet, inflation may also be removing some tariff barriers to U.S. meat exports.In this episode we focus on the broader agricultural implications of nearly double-digit inflation, and then focus more specifically on its effects at the meat case.This episode of Feedstuffs In Focus is sponsored by Topigs Norsvin, the second largest swine genetics company in the world. The TN70 is the flagship parent sow of Topigs Norsvin, described as being a self-reliant sow capable of raising her own pigs and requiring less human intervention in the farrowing house. When challenged with finding qualified employees, hire the TN70. Visit tn70.topigsnorsvin.com to see what producers are saying about their experience with the TN70. 

    Preparing for foreign animal disease outbreaks in pork industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 11:24


    Keeping the U.S. pork supply safe and secure from the threat of Foreign Animal Disease – and preparing to maintain continuity of business should such an outbreak occur – is one of the key concerns of industry leaders. Stakeholders from across the pork value chain have been working diligently on plans and processes, redoubling efforts with regard to biosecurity and traceability in recent years.Creating a system of cooperation and collaboration to prevent – or prepare for - foreign animal disease challenges has been one of the main areas of focus for the National Pork Board. Outgoing President of the Board Gene Noem, a producer from Iowa, sat down with Feedstuffs at World Pork Expo in Des Moines this week to discuss the challenge and the work he and his fellow farmer-leaders have done via the Pork Checkoff.Stay tuned for our coverage of World Pork Expo in the pages of Feedstuffs – just visit Feedstuffs.com and click on “digital editions” – or watch interviews with industry leaders like Gene via our livestream video channel, Feedstuffs365.com and via our social media channels at Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    What does inflation, interest rate risk mean for farmland values?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 22:58


    In 2022 it seems that the only certain thing in business is uncertainty. Supply chain issues, never experienced to this degree before, have created uncertainties in product availability, technology deployment, exports, processing, equipment repairs, and more, and Russia's war in Ukraine has thrown in a multitude of additional uncertainties for food and ag that have not been seen in decades. Along with rising input costs for feed, fuel and fertilizer, overall the specter of inflation is front and center after being mostly absent for decades. Interest rate direction will also impact agriculture, particularly with regard to what all these uncertainties might hold for land prices.During the main thrust of planting season we spoke with Randy Dickhut, Senior Vice President – Real Estate Operations with Farmers National Company during a segment on Feedstuffs 365, our live video streaming channel.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.You can read more about the markets and overall agricultural economy in the pages of Feedstuffs – just visit Feedstuffs.com and click on “digital editions” – or watch interviews with industry leaders like Randy via our livestream video channel, Feedstuffs365.com.

    Inside Washington from a beef industry perspective

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 27:18


    To say that we live in interesting times, from an agricultural policy standpoint, might border on understatement. The regulatory, political, and trade environment in the animal agriculture space has rarely been more fraught. What does that mean for the feed and livestock industries? We'll find out in this edition of Feedstuffs In Focus. Earlier this week as part of The Virtual BEEF Experience, an online event hosted by our sister publication BEEF, Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead sat down with Farm Progress policy editor Jacqui Fatka for a rundown of some of the biggest topics facing livestock producers today in the policy arena. Here's Sarah.You can read Jacqui's Inside Washington column each month in the new dynamic digital edition of Feedstuffs; the May issue is now available by clicking HERE.

    Mark Lyons talks sustainability and previews Alltech ONE Conference

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 18:39


    One of the top leaders of the global feed industry previews an upcoming feed and livestock industry conference, in this edition of Feedstuffs In Focus.Dr. Mark Lyons is president and CEO of Alltech, one of the largest players in the global feed industry, and the driving force behind the Alltech ONE Conference. In this episode Dr. Lyons previews the event, held in-person for the first time since 2019.This episode is sponsored by Alltech, host of the Alltech ONE Conference, coming up May 22-24 both in Lexington, Ky., and virtually from anywhere around the world. Together we can spark meaningful change as we enter a new golden age of agri-food. The Alltech ONE Conference unites changemakers and thought leaders in a collaborative exploration of solutions within agribusiness and beyond. Learn more and register at one.alltech.com.

    Russia's war on Ukraine taking toll on European feed, livestock Industry

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 5:52


    On the backside of a global pandemic that wreaked havoc on the global supply chain, the Russian invasion of Ukraine added further strain and chaos to the global marketplace. In the short run, the unprovoked war drove commodity prices higher, but what will the long-term consequences be for the global meat and animal feed markets?In this episode we'll dig into the broader implications of Russia's war on Ukraine for the global meat trade. U.S. Meat Export Federation vice president of economic analysis Erin Borror explains that the war is impacting red meat availability and production, but is having an especially large impact on the cost and availability of key feed ingredients.Borror also discusses how the war is accelerating consolidation in the European swine industry.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Rail delays cost grain industry more than $100M this year

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 12:20


    Rail service failures in recent months have led to widespread delays of train delivery at major grain export destinations. Failures and delays that have cost the grain industry more than $100 million through the first quarter of 2022, according to the National Grain and Feed Association.NGFA testified this week before the Surface Transportation Board about those failures and costs to the industry, calling on the Board to implement financial incentives for the railroads to perform more efficiently – similar to what the railroads do to keep shippers loading and unloading rail cars as efficiently as possible. The Association also testified on a wide set of policy issues, from reciprocity on switching rules, requiring additional data reporting, and developing additional guidance to railroads on their statutory obligations on service.In this episode we talk with NGFA Chief Economist Max Fisher about the current situation with the railroads, and what NGFA asked the Board to do to alleviate the burden on grain shippers and other agricultural customers.RELATED: If you want to learn more about the problems facing U.S. transportation and logistics, including rail, truck and ocean freight shipments, visit Feedstuffs 365 and watch our recent interview with Ken Eriksen of S&P Global.

    Research quantifies cost of "gilt gap"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 20:26


    Researchers at Kansas State and Ohio State universities recently calculated that performance gaps between barrows and gilts cost integrated swine operations as much as $5.12 per gilt, a significant cost you might think of as “The Gilt Gap.”Dr. Jason Woodworth, a nutritionist at Kansas State University, and Dr. Ben Bohrer, a meat scientist at The Ohio State University, conducted a statistical analysis of the combined results of 34 peer-reviewed scientific studies representing almost 16,000 pigs.The study showed gilts were associated with 5.9% lower average daily gain, 11.4% lower average daily feed intake and 4.3% better feed efficiency rate compared with barrows. In this episode, Dr. Woodworth and his post-doctoral research associate Dr. Jamil Faccin share their findings about “the gilt gap” and what producers need to know about the gilts in their operation.RELATED: Read more about the gilt gap at Feedstuffs.com, or watch our recent Feedstuffs 365 interview with swine industry consultant Steve Pollmann for some insights into the practical implications of the study.

    A Conversation with New Animal Ag Alliance CEO Hannah Thompson-Weeman

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 19:55


    Next month the Animal Agriculture Alliance will be under the leadership of a new president and CEO. The Alliance, a decades-old consortium of trade associations, companies and other stakeholder groups in the food animal sector, recently announced the promotion of Hannah Thompson-Weeman, the organization's current vice president of strategic engagement, following the departure of its longtime president, Kay Johnson Smith. Johnson Smith, who has served as president and CEO across three decades, is joining the executive leadership team at Dairy MAX, a regional dairy council representing farmers in eight states in the southern and southwestern U.S. In this episode, we talk with Thompson-Weeman about the mission of the Alliance, how the societal conversation regarding animal welfare has evolved over the past 30 years, and her vision for the future of the organization.

    Legal strategies to avoid litigation in the livestock industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 10:39


    Environmental compliance, right-to-farm laws, contracting issues and more. Agriculture is not without its legal risk management challenges, particularly in the livestock sector. What strategies can producers adopt to protect themselves from potential liability and litigation?At the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention in Minneapolis, Minn., last month, attorney Paul Goeringer presented a workshop on understanding legal strategies used to avoid litigation in an ever-evolving regulatory environment. Goerginger is a Senior Faculty Specialist and the Extension Legal Specialist at the University of Maryland, and we sat down with him to discuss what livestock and poultry producers need to understand when it comes to legal risks and how best to manage those within their operations.This episode is sponsored by Novus International, Inc., a leader in swine, poultry and dairy nutrition solutions driven by science. Novus' products and services look at the whole animal, focusing on productivity and well-being, in order to feed the world affordable and wholesome food.For more information, visit Novus' website at www.novusint.comYou can see more of Feedstuffs' coverage of the Midwest Poultry Convention by visiting our video channel, Feedstuffs 365. Also watch your inbox for the latest dynamic digital edition of Feedstuffs, or access the issue by visiting Feedstuffs.com and clicking on “digital editions.”

    SCOTUS to Hear Prop 12 Case Brought by Farm Bureau, Pork Producers

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 20:10


    After nearly two months of waiting, the U.S. Supreme Court this week announced they would be hearing the case brought by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation challenging California's Proposition 12 requiring additional space requirements for gestating sows. The state law seeks to ban the sale of pork from hogs that don't meet what agriculture groups describe as the state's arbitrary production standards, even if the pork was raised on farms outside of California.The NPPC-AFBF case, which argues that Prop. 12 violates the Constitution's Commerce Clause, limiting states' ability to regulate commerce outside their borders, was finally granted certiorari March 25. NPPC and AFBF will file their initial brief with the Supreme Court in the coming weeks; the Justices could hear oral arguments in the fall and could render a decision by the end of the year.In this episode we talk with Travis Cushman, Senior Counsel for Public Policy at the American Farm Bureau Federation. Cushman is one of the attorneys working on the case on behalf of the agriculture industry.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    High pathogenic avian influenza: What's the same, what's different?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 16:37


    Animal disease challenges are simply a part of life in livestock production, but some disease challenges are more problematic than others. One major problem facing the poultry industry this spring is highly-pathogenic avian influenza, a viral disease currently popping up in flocks and in wild birds across the country.How well-prepared is the poultry industry for this challenge, what is the current state of affairs, and what can the swine industry learn from how chicken and turkey producers handle this latest outbreak?At the Midwest Poultry Convention in Minneapolis. Feedstuffs' Andy Vance sat down with veterinarian Mark Bienhoff, leader of the pathogen control team at Kemin, to discuss high pathogenic avian influenza, and how this outbreak is similar or different from the major outbreak of 2015.After listening to this week's episode, you can watch all of Feedstuffs coverage of the Midwest Poultry Convention via Feedstuffs 365, our live streaming channel, at Feedstuffs365.com. Also, look out for the next digital edition of Feedstuffs for an in-depth report on the high path AI situation. You'll find the dynamic digital edition of Feedstuffs at Feedstuffs.com.

    Effect of rising interest rates and inflation on ag exports

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 10:28


    The Fed increased Interest rates this week as part of its plan to tackle inflation. The modest rate hike is part of a strategy to ensure a smooth "glide path" for the economy, which heated up in part due to the unprecedented events of the COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant federal efforts to help consumers and businesses stay afloat.But what will that rate hike mean for agriculture? We'll discuss it in this week's episode of Feedstuffs In Focus.We'll hear from:Mike North of EverAG on the rate hike and inflation;Cortney Cowley with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on the 2022 outlook for the ag economy;Congressman Austin Scott of Georgia and House Ag Committee Chair  David Scott on what Russia's attack on Ukraine means for food production;...and from U.S. Meat Export Federation chairman-elect Dean Meyer on red meat exports and grain prices.

    Is long-term growth in the agricultural equipment market sustainable?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 18:36


    Despite strong growth in both the agriculture and construction sectors over the past 18 months, fewer equipment companies are optimistic about that growth trend continuing in 2022, particularly given the ongoing issues with inflation, workforce shortages and supply chain disruptions. With costs on the rise across the manufacturing and logistics sectors, is long-term growth in agricultural equipment sustainable?Benjamin Duyck is the director of market intelligence for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, an organization representing more than 1,000 North American construction and agriculture equipment manufacturers and their value chain partners. Duyck spoke with Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead about what his organization's research suggests about the state of the economy, as well as how AEM members feel about the outlook for growth in the industry.This episode is sponsored by Novus International, Inc. — a leader in poultry, dairy and swine nutrition solutions driven by science. Novus' products and services look at the whole animal, focusing on productivity and well-being, in order to feed the world affordable and wholesome food.For more information, visit Novus's website at www.novusint.com

    Animal disease preparedness and response: A state veterinarian's perspective

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 11:30


    Animal disease outbreaks are one of the key challenges facing livestock producers and veterinarians. State veterinarians and related animal health officials at the state level play a critical role in managing outbreaks of certain diseases that could devastate the industry. Significant progress has been made in recent years but there is more that needs to be done to support the preparedness and planning effort of the states. Earlier this week, Feedstuffs visited with several swine industry professionals at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians annual meeting. We spoke with Indiana State Veterinarian Dr. Bret Marsh about his role in disease preparedness in his state, and what state health officials can and should be doing to help the industry be ready for potential foreign animal disease issues.We also talked with Dr. Marsh about the current avian influenza outbreak in the Hoosier State.You can see more of our coverage of the AASV annual meeting at Feedstuffs365.com.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Labor challenges: Preventing and managing employee burnout

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 28:06


    The COVID-19 pandemic created a complex and confusing labor market on a national scale, and the agriculture sector is feeling the strain both literally and figuratively. Combatting employee burnout is critical to the bottom line of the business, and something that isn't easily done given the generational diversity seen in the modern workforce.While much of the current labor challenge centers on simply finding enough people to get the job done, one of the bigger issues stems from current employees facing the very real issue of burnout. With fewer people to get the job done, coupled with persistent stressors at home and in the workplace, many workers are quite simply at their wits' end. What can managers and business owners do to help support these employees and help them achieve the seemingly mythical work-life balance? In this episode, Feedstuffs poses that question to business consultant Melissa Furman, the former assistant dean and current faculty member at the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Furman, in addition to her consulting work with businesses in a variety of industries, has a background in academic research on issues of generational diversity, unconscious bias, career and leadership development, emotional intelligence, and assisting technical professionals transition into management roles. This episode of Feedstuffs In Focus is sponsored by Topigs Norsvin, the second largest swine genetics company in the world. The TN70 is the flagship parent sow of Topigs Norsvin, described as being a self-reliant sow capable of raising her own pigs and requiring less human intervention in the farrowing house. When challenged with finding qualified employees, hire the TN70. Visit tn70.topigsnorsvin.com to see what producers are saying about their experience with the TN70. 

    Understanding the beef supply chain in a "Post-COVID world"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 21:10


    Beef prices – like all food prices – have increased as the inflationary story in the marketplace unfolds. Thus far consumers haven't balked at paying higher prices for their favorite center-of-plate protein, but how long can that demand hold out? And what is the outlook for the cattle producer as feed costs escalate, too?Don Close is an agricultural economist, and senior animal protein analyst with Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research team. He recently released a report on the beef supply in a “post-COVID world”, discussing a series of challenges facing the beef supply chain in the coming year. I spoke with Don about those challenges, and how beef demand has remained so resilient in the face of inflation the likes of which hasn't been seen in a generation.This episode is sponsored by Novus International, Inc. — a leader in poultry, dairy and swine nutrition solutions driven by science. Novus' products and services look at the whole animal, focusing on productivity and well-being, in order to feed the world affordable and wholesome food.For more information, visit Novus's website at www.novusint.com

    Vaccine mandates and OSHA: What you need to know

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 24:07


    After the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden Administration had overstepped its authority in mandating COVID-19 vaccination for businesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration withdrew its vaccine and testing rules. So where does that leave private employers, and do feed manufacturers and large livestock operations have any regulatory responsibilities with regard to the ongoing pandemic?Earlier this week via Feedstuffs 365, Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead spoke with Garry Huddleston, director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs at the American Feed Industry Association, about the scuttled vaccine mandates and what employers in the industry need to know. Huddleston provided an overview of the situation and how the Court ruled, and provided some guidance on what feed and livestock facilities should be doing now to prepare and comply with OSHA rules and to prevent liability and exposure more generally.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Beef nutrition program features 100% organic trace minerals

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 15:46


    A great nutrition program is foundational to success in livestock production, and mineral supplementation is a big part of proper nutrition. One company says it has pioneered a unique approach to mineral supplementation that will lead to improved daily gains and profitability.Neil Bumgarner is the Director of Sales for Ridley Block Operations, an Alltech Company, and manager of the Blueprint animal nutrition program. Since graduating from West Virginia University, Neil has spent almost 17 years in plant operations, sales, and sales leadership in the animal nutrition business throughout the eastern half of the US.  Neil, his wife Blair, and their two young sons also own Mountaineer Meadows Farm in Point Pleasant WV, a 100-cow Angus seedstock operation.In this episode, Bumgarner discusses Alltech's new Blueprint animal nutrition program, and why a program built around 100% organic trace minerals is a major step forward in a beef supplementation program.This episode is sponsored by Alltech, makers of the new Blueprint animal nutrition program. Blueprint products contain 100% organic trace minerals made from the highest quality, most research-proven trace minerals available. Blueprint goes beyond just meeting trace mineral requirements — its superior bioavailability supports exceptional animal performance and health. Blueprint is targeted nutrition, without excess, for peak performance. To learn more, visit BlueprintAnimalNutrition.com.

    Discussing challenges, opportunities and 2022 global protein outlook

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 27:38


    Two years into a global pandemic, the challenges facing the animal protein and animal feed industries are many, from labor and logistics to inflationary pressures and ongoing human health concerns. Leading a global company in this space is no small task in the best of years, let alone in the current environment.At this week's International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, leaders of the global animal feed and poultry production companies gathered to reconnect, and to discuss challenges and opportunities amid the various headwinds facing the industry. During the Expo Feedstuffs broadcaster Andy Vance sat down with Alltech CEO Dr. Mark Lyons to discuss his perspective on the current situation, drawing on his extensive experience in China. We also discuss his outlook for the animal protein sector in 2022 and beyond, including the findings of this year's Alltech Agri-Food Outlook survey.This episode is sponsored by Alltech.

    How does EPA figure into 2022 ag policy outlook?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 10:20


    To many in agriculture, the letters E-P-A may as well spell a four-letter word. Long a source of frustration for landowners and producers of a variety of commodities, the Environmental Protection Agency plays an important role in regulating a variety of aspects of food production and natural resource stewardship.At this week's Farm Futures Business Summit, hosted by our sister publication Farm Futures, Feedstuffs policy editor Jacqui Fatka shared her outlook for 2022 in terms of policy and legislation affecting agriculture. One key area of focus is on what EPA might be up to this year. In this episode, farm broadcaster Mike Pearson talks with Jacqui for some deeper insights into environmental policy under the Biden Administration.If you want to view Jacqui's full Summit presentation, you can register for the virtual summit at FarmFuturesSummit.com.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Trade NAFTA visa program could help with ag labor challenges

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 30:53


    You've seen the signs; from your local diner to national retail chains and seemingly every business in between, the “help wanted” sign is practically everywhere you turn.  Although the COVID pandemic created a complex and confusing labor market on a national scale, the agriculture sector has dealt with labor challenges for a long time, particularly in the areas of live animal production and logistics.One area where food animal producers and processors have turned to overcome domestic labor shortages is across the border.According to HR professional Silvia Castañeda with Eichelberger Farms, producers might be overlooking one specific visa program in their efforts to source foreign workers on their farms. In this episode, Silvia explains some of the specific challenges to recruiting and retaining employees in the swine industry, and about her company's experience with the Trade NAFTA Visa program.This episode of Feedstuffs In Focus is sponsored by Topigs Norsvin, the second largest swine genetics company in the world. The TN70 is the flagship parent sow of Topigs Norsvin, described as being a self-reliant sow capable of raising her own pigs and requiring less human intervention in the farrowing house. When challenged with finding qualified employees, hire the TN70. Visit tn70.topigsnorsvin.com to see what producers are saying about their experience with the TN70. 

    Plant-to-plate: Plant-based market offers new premium opportunities

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 10:07


    The plant-based market continues to grow, particularly in the human and pet sectors. Along with that growth new premium market opportunities for soybean growers are emerging.In this segment, Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead catches up with Bruce Bennett, president of ingredients at Benson Hill, to talk about those market opportunities in general as well as the things the company is doing to expand the processing side of its business needed to allow for identity preservation.This episode is sponsored by Novus International, Inc. — a leader in poultry, dairy and swine nutrition solutions driven by science. Novus' products and services look at the whole animal, focusing on productivity and well-being, in order to feed the world affordable and wholesome food.For more information, visit Novus's website at NovusInt.com.

    Honoring a legacy of service to the hog industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 11:41


    The National Pork Industry Foundation has announced the Neil Dierks Scholarship, created to support students seeking a graduate degree, in a field related to the pork industry, at a land grant university. As CEO of the National Pork Producers Council for more than 30 years, Neil Dierks devoted himself to U.S. pork producers' well-being.  His 2021 retirement created an opportunity to honor his contribution to the US pork industry and legacy as a leader, while carrying on his passion of equipping the next generation of pork industry leaders.Joining Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead to reflect on his legacy and contributions to the industry are Ken and Julie Maschhoff of The Maschhoffs.For more information on how to support the newly created Neil Dierks Scholarship, visit NPPC.org.This podcast is sponsored by Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production and their #ScienceHearted podcast, “Food Chain Chats. In the latest episode, hear from Dr. Sangita Jalukar, Technical Services Manager at ARM & HAMMER, about recent groundbreaking cytotoxicity research and the “PPR” approach to helping animals battle mycotoxin challenges – from the inside out. Listen and subscribe to “Food Chain Chats” HERE, or wherever you find your favorite podcasts. 

    Managing economically important diseases in swine industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 15:14


    PRRS and PEDv are diseases of particular concern to the swine industry, but they are far from the only economically important diseases of note in pork production. How big is the financial impact of these disease challenges for the average producer, and what are some management strategies that can help producers reduce or eliminate these pressures from their herd?That's the subject of this week's edition.Alex Hintz is a swine veterinarian working with Novus' customers across the country on strategies and management practices to minimize disease pressures on their operation. Dr. Hintz received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2015 and spent a couple of years after graduation as a practicing veterinarian focused on swine production & health in the midwestern United States. Dr. Hintz spent the past 5 years working in technical services in North America and has been the Technical Manager focused on swine health through nutrition for Novus International for the last two years.This episode is sponsored by Novus International, Inc.—a leader in poultry, dairy and swine nutrition solutions driven by science. Novus's products and services look at the whole animal, focusing on productivity and well-being, in order to feed the world affordable and wholesome food.For more information, visit Novus's website at www.novusint.com

    Recruiting, retaining employees: Tips you can use

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 20:29


    “Help Wanted” signs seem to hang in the window of every business in America these days, and the labor shortage is a frequent topic of discussion on the nightly news. How has the pandemic changed the job market for companies in the essential industries of animal agriculture and construction? In this episode we talk about the challenges employers face in the agriculture industry, and the outlook for recruiting and retaining employees in the new year. Kasey Sheldon of the Bahler Management Group is a specialist in talent acquisition; she joins Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead to provide some insights on labor-related matters, and to offer some tips for employers on navigating the latest challenges in talent acquisition and retention.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Consequences of their choices need conveying to consumers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 13:17


    Standing at the intersection of nutrition, technology, science, policy, and consumer values is our food system. It's a complex system that consistently delivers a safe and affordable food supply with a dizzying array of choices to fit a growing list of customer needs and wants.With families across the country gathering around the table to break bread and give thanks this week, let's take a moment to ponder the future of that ever-evolving system and what that future holds for those involved in the industry.During a recent animal welfare symposium in Orlando, Florida, Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead caught up with one of the keynote speakers, internationally-recognized food futurist Jack Bobo, to get his insights on current consumer perceptions related to food choices, sustainability, technology and more. They also discuss policy at the international level and what those discussion might hold for the future of the food system and agriculture in general. This episode is sponsored by Novus International, Inc., a leader in poultry, dairy, and swine nutrition solutions driven by science. Novus' products and services look at the whole animal, focusing on productivity and well-being, in order to feed the world affordable and wholesome food.For more information, visit Novus's website at www.novusint.com

    Advancing animal agriculture together: What will it take?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 13:01


    Animal welfare has long been a topic of discussion, and even some debate, across the food sector and within agriculture but when both sectors can come together to discuss moving forward, it's a powerful thing.That is exactly what took place this week in Orlando, Fla., and Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead was on hand and had the opportunity to catch up with symposium organizer Angela Baysinger, DVM, MS, MSc, North America Animal Welfare Lead on Merck Animal Health's Veterinary & Consumer Affairs Team. In this week's episode, they discuss the key learnings and takeaways from the meeting and share thoughts on what the group learned from a visit to the local zoo to talk with the welfare specialist there where the animals are always in front of the public.This episode was sponsored by Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production and their #ScienceHearted podcast, “Food Chain Chats. In the latest episode, hear from Dr. Sangita Jalukar, Technical Services Manager at ARM & HAMMER, about recent groundbreaking cytotoxicity research and the “PPR” approach to helping animals battle mycotoxin challenges – from the inside out. Listen and subscribe to “Food Chain Chats” wherever you find your favorite podcasts. 

    Diversifying strategy so US pork remains competitive globally

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 24:18


    Global exports have become an important part of the U.S. pork industry's growth in recent decades, and the emergence of African Swine Fever – particularly in China – has had profound impacts on the flow of pork products around the world. Recent research funded by the National Pork Board looks at the ways the industry can and should diversify its global marketing strategy to adjust and adapt to those changes, and to ensure growth into the future.Earlier this week as part of a Feedstuffs 365 live panel discussion, we talked with four experts from the pork industry, including a producer, the National Pork Board's director of global marketing strategy, one of the industry's top agricultural economists, and one of the researchers who developed the report.Joining us to discuss the report and related topics are Rupert Claxton of Gira; Missouri pork producer David Newman; Dr. Dermot Hayes of Iowa State University and Dr. Clay Eastwood of the National Pork Board.  This episode of Feedstuffs In Focus is sponsored by Topigs Norsvin, the second largest swine genetics company in the world. Topigs Norsvin's unique breeding program is designed to accelerate genetic progress at the customer level by creating innovative products and solutions that benefit the entire pork production chain. To get more information, visit TopigsNorsvin.us.

    U.S. protein sector needs trade negotiators back at table

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 15:12


    Over the past two decades, U.S. animal protein exports grew from $7.4 billion to $20.7 billion, driven by a combination of strong marketing by the industry and a series of trade negotiations between governments. Today, global trade accounts for 10%-30% of U.S. animal protein production, depending on industry segment.But with the Trump Administration's harder line on trade changing the tone of U.S. policy, where do things stand today, and what upside potential is there yet to grow U.S. protein exports even further?In this episode we talk with agricultural economist Brian Earnest of CoBank about his recent report examining the importance of maintaining strong relationship with existing trade partners like Mexico, Canada and Japan, while also growing trade with China and other key markets overseas. We'll also discuss the Biden Administration's approach to trade policy and the importance of confirming the chief ag negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.You can read Brian's full report HERE.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Management and nutrition tips to optimize milk components

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 15:56


    The dairy market has shifted more toward an emphasis on components in recent years, giving farmers an important incentive to think about the production of those components rather than on the overall volume of milk produced. What can dairy farmers do in terms of management and production to optimize for those components?In this episode we talk with Hannah Tucker, a Ruminant Technical Services Manager Novus International working with livestock producers in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Tucker grew up in Michigan's scenic dairy country. She received her bachelor's degree in Animal Science at Michigan State University and then pursued her Master's in Dairy Science at Virginia Tech under Dr. Mike Akers and her PhD in Animal Science under Dr. Kristy Daniels. Upon graduation, she worked as a ruminant nutritionist for Sioux Nation Ag, trouble shooting for dairy and beef customers. In July of this year, she started her career at NOVUS.This episode is sponsored by Novus International, Inc. — a leader in dairy, poultry and swine nutrition solutions driven by science. Novus' products and services look at the whole animal, focusing on productivity and well-being, in order to feed the world affordable and wholesome food.For more information, visit Novus's website at www.novusint.com

    Regenerative farming and the future of the meat industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 30:37


    The term “regenerative agriculture” has become more commonly discussed in recent years, but like many new terms – and like many oft-repeated buzzwords in agriculture and food marketing – it may not be well understood by most people, or even well-defined in general. What does regenerative agriculture mean, and what role does regenerative farming play in the future of the meat industry?In this episode we talk with Robby Sansom, the co-founder of Force of Nature, a regeneratively-sourced meat company, and from Curt Covington, senior director of AgAmerica Lending. Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead talked with Sansom and Covington during a recent Feedstuffs 365 livestream to explore what is being done by producers of all sizes to keep meat on consumers' plates, as well as what the structure of the future meat industry might look like.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Pathways to Dairy Net Zero climate initiative garners global support

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 21:54


    Achieving something known as net zero – in other words, balancing the amount of greenhouse gas produced by an activity and the amount removed from the atmosphere – is a key focus of leaders in the global livestock industry and among food manufacturers and retailers. What will it take to achieve net zero, and how will the effort affect food production and consumption around the globe?Pathways to Dairy Net Zero, a ground-breaking new climate initiative, has launched with some 40 leading organizations, including 11 of the 20 largest dairy companies in the world, declaring their support for the effort. Collectively, these supporters represent approximately 30% of total milk production worldwide.The new climate initiative demonstrates the global dairy sector's commitment to reducing GHG emissions while continuing to produce nutritious foods for six billion people and provide for the livelihoods of one billion people.In a recent edition of Feedstuffs 365, our Sarah Muirhead sat down Donald Moore of the Global Dairy Platform to find out more about achieving net zero. Moore also provided an update on the recent U.N. Food Systems Summit.This podcast was sponsored by Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production and their #ScienceHearted podcast, “Food Chain Chats. In the most recent episode, listen to Dr. Jack McReynolds, Director of Research and Development, and Dr. Christine Alvarado, Technical Services Director, tap into their extensive hands-on expertise as part of the Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production team and discuss some of the most pressing food safety topics.Listen and subscribe to “Food Chain Chats” wherever you dig-in to your favorite podcasts. 

    Optimizing nutrient management while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 10:58


    EnTech Solutions has formed a joint venture with Northern Biogas LLC aimed at providing a sustainable energy future utilizing local agriculture, specifically dairy waste. Recently, EnTech added to its clean energy solutions portfolio an active biogas facility in the Middleton, Wis. Utilizing anaerobic digestion, the facility turns organic waste from local dairy farms into renewable energy. Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead toured the facility on her way to World Dairy Expo to learn more about the facility and the benefits it offers to local dairy producers as well as the regional ecosystem through the utilization of advanced filtration technology. In this episode, she talks with Jeff LaViolette, civil/environmental engineer with Northern Biogas.This episode is sponsored by Novus International, Inc.—a leader in dairy, poultry and swine nutrition solutions driven by science. Novus' products and services look at the whole animal, focusing on productivity and well-being, in order to feed the world affordable and wholesome food.For more information, visit Novus's website at Novusint.com

    Sustainable food production is focus of dairy industry partnership

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 11:36


    Sustainability is such an oft-discussed topic of conversation in the food space that it's become a buzzword. Who defines it? What does it mean? Aren't farmers already doing a lot to improve soil, air and water quality?In this episode we talk with Lauren Brey, managing director of the Farmers for Sustainable Food Coalition. We caught up with Lauren at the World Dairy Expo this week in Madison, Wisconsin, to answer some of those big questions about sustainability. She is one of the farmers leading the effort to better define and document the sustainability work happening on farms every day across the country, and to get in alignment with the food companies and supply chain partners who are more and more driving the discussion every day.For all of our coverage of World Dairy Expo, log in to Feedstuffs365, our video streaming platform, for a series of interviews with farmers, dairy business leaders and technological experts. We covered everything from new livestock identification and monitoring technology to the outlook for dairy producer profitability over the next two years.This episode is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

    Wrangling over budget, infrastructure funding, taxes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 8:51


    Between the budget battle, funding the infrastructure bill and an ambitious tax proposal, tens of billions of dollars in the agricultural economy hangs in the balance as legislators in Washington wrangle over signature pieces of President Joe Biden's domestic policy agenda.In this episode we'll hear from agriculture policy expert Emily Buckman of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a member of the banking community about her group's concerns with the House-passed version of the federal budget and a looming government shutdown. Then we'll hear from Paul  Merski of the Independent Community Bankers Association about one troubling provision of the infrastructure bill with regard to how the administration plans to pay for the new spending. And finally, Congressman Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania, ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, explains why he's not in favor of the administration's tax proposal because of the effects it would have on rural America specifically.This episode is sponsored by Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production and their #ScienceHearted podcast, “Food Chain Chats.” In a new episode, hear Dr. Tom Rehberger, Director of Innovation and Product Development at Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production, discuss optimal rumen function and the role that products like CERTILLUS™ can have on ultimate success. Subscribe and listen to “Food Chain Chats” wherever you find your favorite podcasts.

    Quorum sensing: Understanding the science of bacterial communication

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 16:10


    Bacteria are all around us, and the role these microorganisms play in our environment – both on the farm and inside the animals themselves, is an increasingly important area of study in animal science.Quorum sensing is bacteria's unique biochemical communication system. It's how bacteria interact and talk with each other. Understanding how that communication works and how we can use it in a variety of applications is a new frontier in animal health and wellbeing.To explore how quorum sensing science works and what benefits it offers the dairy industry, Feedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead talked with Dr. Jeff Brose, director of technical services with AHV International out of Fort Collins, Colorado, to find out more. Prior to joining AHV International, Brose served as a consultant as AHV prepared to enter the U.S. market. He previously held positions with Cargill and Monsanto after managing his own private veterinary practice.

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