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How does the Farm Bill play out?

How does the Farm Bill play out? | Agriculture | Scoop.it

Blog: http://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/2013/12/mapping-fate-of-farm-bill.html

from Todd Kuethe and Jonathan Coppess Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois.

_Today's farm bill is the direct descendant of the twin disasters of the 1930's: the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Over time the underpinnings of farm policy have shifted from direct price support with production controls toward more market-oriented programs. The farm bill has also expanded to include, among others, conservation programs and both international and domestic food assistance programs._

#agriculture #polciy #politics #future #agricultureradar 

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Food Credibility With Consumers

Food Credibility With Consumers | Agriculture | Scoop.it

Dr.Stika @CertAngusBeef connects w/ technically&emotionally relevant information.

 

http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/video/27833/dr-john-stika-seeking-credibility-consumers-confusing-marketplace

 

Dr. John Stika, President, Certified Angus Beef LLC, aims to seek credibility with consumers in a confusing marketplace. Dr. Stika highlights the history of Certified Angus Beef LLC, whose goal was to establish a brand of beef. Dr. Stika points out that credibility with consumers is established by communicating both technically and emotionally relevant information.


From the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

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Insects in animal feed? EU project calls for law change to improve meat sustainability

Insects in animal feed? EU project calls for law change to improve meat sustainability | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Insects could be used in animal feed to improve the sustainability of meat production – but insects are currently not allowed in feed under EU legislation. An EU-funded project is suggesting that the law needs to change.

Via Ana C. Day
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Untapped potential but would Americans accept this idea or ant feed beef or cockroach enriched chicken feed? Part of it will be pricing and supply. In the US there are not that many sources of insect protein. Would insect protein imports from China work?

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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, October 18, 2013 1:07 PM

Hier nun Insekten in der Tierernährung

Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 10:49 PM

Unit V - Non American

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Top 5 EU Agriculture priorities: All you need to know this autumn

Top 5 EU Agriculture priorities: All you need to know this autumn | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Rose O’Donovan and Ed Bray introduce the top 5 Agriculture issues the EU institutions are discussing at the moment.
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Looking for on the ground perspective on the European Union agriculture policies? 


"viEUws is a new digital platform on EU policy Development. We offer an innovative way for stakeholders to share their views on the issues that affect them, through the use of videos."

 

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What is the Future of Food?

What is the Future of Food? | Agriculture | Scoop.it

Agriculture is becoming more than just growing corn, soybeans, cattle, chickens, and pigs. There are many players in agriculture beyond the farm to help organize produce, deliver supplies, develop products, and distribute to sellers. Farm products are transformed into various food products delivered through a variety of outlets.


Link: http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/article/2013/09/28781/what-future-food

 

The Institute for the Future is helping create conversations around food and its future with a series called the Global Food Outlook. 



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Squaring the Circle

Squaring the Circle | Agriculture | Scoop.it

Crop Circles Are Real! Center pivot irrigation does leave out the corners. Is there value being missed? This post "Squaring the Circle" by Nicola Twilley  (Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicolatwilley) offers a view into how those corners might be used.

Post: http://www.ediblegeography.com/squaring-the-circle/

An interesting animation of crop circles via Google Earth called "Crops" is at https://vimeo.com/62594731 . The sound is annoying (by design) so watch with sound off is best.

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Leng Yang's curator insight, October 3, 2013 11:35 PM

This will help with farming in the U.S. We'll be able to grow more. This way will be more effective.

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KPCB Internet Trends 2013

Information on Trends 


I was recently reminded of the latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers (major venture capital firm). It has a lot of slides but it is well done. 

Slideshare link: http://www.slideshare.net/kleinerperkins/kpcb-internet-trends-2013

If you want to see the video of all the slides in ~23 min then see the All Things D conference video:
http://allthingsd.com/20130529/mary-meekers-2013-internet-trends-deck-the-full-video/

This is a technology and investment focused presentation but it does have an impact on agriculture because the large agriculture companies and organizations pay attention to these types of trend reports and (real or not) make decisions on their future.

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Bacon Quality Dilemma - Production for Pigs and the DDGS

Bacon Quality Dilemma - Production for Pigs and the DDGS | Agriculture | Scoop.it

Dr. Dennis DiPietre takes a trip through pork economics to help bring perspective why the market is where it is today. He then look to the current data to help producers understand where costs of production are going to be and how various inputs play a part. Take away: demand for corn now requires record or near-record crop to avoid very low stocks-to-use ratios and price rationing.

 

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCeUFajHa4s

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Say Hello to the 100 Trillion Bacteria That Make Up Your Microbiome

Say Hello to the 100 Trillion Bacteria That Make Up Your Microbiome | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Medicine used to be obsessed with eradicating the tiny bugs that live within us. Now we’re beginning to understand all the ways they keep us healthy.
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Menus and Food, Connections to Farming

Menus and Food, Connections to Farming | Agriculture | Scoop.it

How do you think of food? As a farmer do you have a connection with people looking at food from a menu?

 

I found this presentation on Produce Trends by Maeve Webster, Datassential, given to the 2012 Culinary Institute of America's Healthy Menus R & D Collaborative (HMC) session.

 

PDF: http://www.ciaprochef.com/hmc2012/pdf/MaeveWebster2.pdf

 

Maeve is helping restaurants, food service suppliers, hotels, and other consumer facing companies/people learn about food trends.

 

Additional food trend spotting presentations are at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/hmc2012/

 

How do you think about food and consumers?

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AgroWorld's curator insight, August 20, 2013 7:22 PM

Society - Food News: How do you think about food? What is your perspective? See how farmers connect with consumers with these surprising statistics.

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New Perspectives on Meat, Agriculture, and Food

New Perspectives on Meat, Agriculture, and Food | Agriculture | Scoop.it

"Where's the Beef" took on a new meaning when a petri dish of beef, grown from bovine stem cells, was grilled and served up during an internationally televised event.

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Agriculture's next big challenge and social media

Agriculture's next big challenge and social media | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Agriculture's next big challenge and social media Western Farm Press (blog) For instance, I watch with fascination a generation of millennials coming out of agricultural programs at various universities as they develop rather respectable Twitter,...
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Paylean Panel Discussion At 2013 National Pork Industry Conference

Paylean Panel Discussion At 2013 National Pork Industry Conference | Agriculture | Scoop.it

U.S. pork exports, trade policies and ractopamine continue to be at the center of many discussions.

 

Panel page: http://www.swinecast.com/paylean-panel-discussion-2013-national-pork-industry-conference

 

Unfortunately, many of these discussions do not include all of the facts or perspectives on how the US pork industry may see impact to the domestic and export business. Additionally, it is important to provide and address many questions that the industry may have. As such, Elanco assembled a panel during the NPIC meeting (July 16, 2013) to provide those perspectives as well as answer your questions.

 

Below are the panel segments with audio addressing the questions listed.

 

Why the noise from consumer groups? With approved technologies proven safe, how do we respond?

Dr. Richard Raymond, Former Undersecretary for Food Safety, USDA

* Audio: http://traffic.libsyn.com/animalcast/130716_NPIC_Elanco_Raymond1.mp3

 

What factors drive US pork trade challenges and impacts on competitiveness?
Brett Stuart, Partner, Global AgriTrends
* Audio: http://traffic.libsyn.com/animalcast/130716_NPIC_Elanco_Stuart1.mp3

 

What is the on-farm impact of removing technologies?
Rob Brenneman, Owner, Brenneman Pork
* Audio: http://traffic.libsyn.com/animalcast/130716_NPIC_Elanco_Brenneman1.mp3

 

How do we bring technology into a global market?
Rob Aukerman, President, U.S. Operations, Elanco
* Audio: http://traffic.libsyn.com/animalcast/130716_NPIC_Elanco_Aukerman1.mp3

 

Question and Answer Session
* Audio: http://traffic.libsyn.com/animalcast/130716_NPIC_Elanco_QandA1.mp3

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Antibiotics in Agriculture, Perceptions

Antibiotics in Agriculture, Perceptions | Agriculture | Scoop.it

What are the perceptions & realities of antibiotics used in animals raised for food? 

http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/video/27835/dr-richard-raymond-antibiotics-used-animals-raised-food

Dr. Richard Raymond, Consultant, looks at the perceptions and realities of antibiotics used in animals raised for food. Dr. Raymond looks at several cases and studies, identifying some of the issues and concerns by consumers.

 

From the 2013 NIAA Symposium Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health, November 12-14, 2013, Kansas City, MO, USA.

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Where Catastrophic Droughts and Floods Are Bound to Happen in the U.S.

Where Catastrophic Droughts and Floods Are Bound to Happen in the U.S. | Agriculture | Scoop.it
Water use in the USA is will rise to become a national issue in the next few years. Article: http://agtoday.us/1hGoLdt This GRACE-based map shows the rate that groundwater supplies – which worldwide are estimated to compose half of our drinking water – have changed from 2003 to 2012. The way the satellites snag this data is rather neat; they sample tiny shifts in the earth's gravity, and from those changes deduce how much H2O is hiding beneath the soil. There's nothing neat about how vast portions of the country are drying out, though, which are shown on this map in angry red that indicates the historical "freshwater storage rate of change"
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Feeding for Optimal Bone Strength

Feeding for Optimal Bone Strength | Agriculture | Scoop.it

Nutrition and Lameness This session, from the 2013 Leman Swine Conference, looks into bone strength, lameness, and clinical diagnosis approaches and research. 

 

http://www.swinecast.com/feeding-optimal-bone-strength

 

 

 

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What Are The Economics of Swine Litter Sizes?

What Are The Economics of Swine Litter Sizes? | Agriculture | Scoop.it

Dr. John Kolb presents the economic approach to putting a value on increasing born alive litter size. Dr. Kolb shares several tools to help managers look at the economic and financial factors of born alive litters.

 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-AQSOWJs08

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Words About Food and Ag Have Meaning

Words About Food and Ag Have Meaning | Agriculture | Scoop.it

 

From the Sept 19 CME Daily Livestock Report (http://www.dailylivestockreport.com/documents/DLR%209-19-2013.pdf ) is a bit about the Oklahoma State University’s Food Demand Survey (see http://agecon.okstate.edu/faculty/publications/4596.pdf ).

 

The survey looked at awareness of food issues and concern of food issues. One of observations in the Livestock Report states "We found it interesting that Mad Cow and Pink Slime rate as much higher concerns to consumers than do BSE and Lean Finely Textured Beef. Madcow and BSE are the same thing and Pink Slime and Lean Finely Textured Beef are the same thing. People aren’t too concerned about the properly named items. Any question why the press uses the slanderous terms?"

 

The charts in the Food Demand Survey show various other terms and how people react to them in terms of awareness and concern.

 

This is another great example of how words have different effects on people and their beliefs about agriculture and food.

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Food Waste and Culture of Eating

Food Waste and Culture of Eating | Agriculture | Scoop.it
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The Natural Resources Defense Council, in a press release, shared a report "Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill". 

 

One of the approaches to recommended to reduce food waste is imporve the information on food lables (expiration dates, eat by, best use by, etc.).

 

Link to full report: http://agtoday.us/nrdc-2013-wasted-food-IP

 

Also recommned, as demponstrated in the chart, is to improve food handling processes to reduce waste at each step.

 

One of the detailed consumer actions requires that expectations about produce looks and feel be down graded, so that damaged food, brusied fruit for example, is acceptible to Americans in the grocery.

 

"Revise quality and aesthetic standards. If produce buyers later in the supply chain were to relax quality standards  related to appearance or created separate product lines to sell aesthetically imperfect produce, it might prove economically  viable for farmers to harvest more off-grade items."

 

Another detailed recommendation is to enact regulatory measures that incentivize complete harvest, providing tax credits or other publicly funded farmer support programs.

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Ana C. Day's comment, October 4, 2013 3:30 AM
Thank you John, hope one day my segment ( insects ) will be included in your Ag Media ;) cheer from Switzerland.
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Recycled sewage water is safe for crop irrigation, study suggests

Recycled sewage water is safe for crop irrigation, study suggests | Agriculture | Scoop.it

Quick, what do you think of when "recycled sewage water" is mentioned?

 

This is an example of great science that deals with a topic that most people have a set view of: recycled sewage water. To sell this to people will require some pressures that are far greater than the item itself. For example, water shortage, food shortage, higher irrigation costs, etc. 

 

"The first study under realistic field conditions has found reassuringly low levels of chemicals from pharmaceuticals and personal care products in crops irrigated with recycled sewage water, scientists have reported."

 

Article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130909104708.htm

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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Update

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Update | Agriculture | Scoop.it

Dr. Darin Madson tackles explaining the science side of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), with the aim of helping managers and staff understand what is being done to detect, isolate, and understand the virus so as to help contain and stop the virus' spread. Dr. Madson also shares what research is being done and what actionable information is being developed.

 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkc26d4FukI

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Predicting the Future For Your Farm

Predicting the Future For Your Farm | Agriculture | Scoop.it

There are many approaches and many resources. And yet there is no surefire way to really predict 100%. What can you do? First off is to listen to those that are following some of the detail. For example Dr. Steve Meyer shares his thoughts on grains and livestock. Or there is Dr. Elwynn Taylor's talk on the weather.

 

http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/video/26753/dr-steve-meyer-grains-and-livestock-economic-outlook

http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/video/26752/dr-elwynn-taylor-what-weather-holds

 

What can help is learn about the process of prediction. Freakonomics re-published their episode The Folly of Prediction, which looks at the process, art, science, and magic of making predictions. 

 

Audio link: http://agtoday.us/the-folly-of-prediction-audio
Audio transcript: http://agtoday.us/the-folly-of-prediction-transcript

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Virology course

Virology course | Agriculture | Scoop.it

Columbia University released an online course, Virology 2013, whose goal is to help people in and out of science learn and talk about viruses.

 

iTunesU link: http://agtoday.us/2013-virology (free )

 

With the current spreading of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV, http://www.swinecast.com/pedv-resources ), it is important for pork producers to understand more about the virus infectious cycle and the terms used when describing viruses.

 

Thanks to Dr. Vincent Racaniello for the efforts to bring this media to a broader audience.

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What are Ag and Food Hot Topics?

What are Ag and Food Hot Topics? | Agriculture | Scoop.it
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The AgChat Foundation team has been doing the ‪#‎AgChat‬ and ‪#‎FoodChat‬ conversations for a while. What piques people's interest? 

This chart, based on data pulled from each weekly chat, shows the topics that generated the most tweets.

Raw data is open for others to review
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArrhFp04sn4EdGNDQU5xTXBKaXhyeGdlMFdncmlaY1E#gid=0

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For those whose eyes are not so great, the top #AgChat topics are 1) Animal Welfare, 2) Farm Animal Welfare, and 3)
Farmers Answering Consumers Food Questions. The top #FoodChat topics are 1) Healthy Eating, 2) Consumer Interest In Food Production, and 3) Wines.
Digital Farm TV's comment, August 2, 2013 7:44 PM
Thanks John. I would be interested in the demographics of your group
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University of Florida News – UF study: Florida’s agricultural and natural resources industries remain strong since recession

University of Florida News – UF study: Florida’s agricultural and natural resources industries remain strong since recession | Agriculture | Scoop.it
RT @workforcefla: UF study shows #FL agricultural, natural resources industries remain strong, $104 bil impact http://t.co/SjIMFgDcZG
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