The CDN Board of Directors held its regular quarterly meeting on February 28th and March 1st, 2017 at the office of Dairy Farmers of Canada in Montreal, Québec. The following is a summary of actions, recommendations and decisions stemming from these meetings.
The Board of Directors received a presentation to demonstrate the new CDN Global web site, which will soon be released and targets international users speaking German and Spanish. The full web site at www.cdn.ca remains the optimal tool available for Canadian dairy producers for all breeds. The Board of Directors participated in a process aimed at identifying various risks to which CDN may have some degree of exposure, and identified those of highest combination of likelihood and impact. The Board of Directors will continue this risk assessment process and develop an appropriate action plan going forward. An important area of discussion by the Board of Directors is an opportunity for CDN and other industry partners, to collaborate with Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) in establishing a national traceability system for dairy cattle in Canada. Given the targeted timelines for implementation of the traceability module of the proAction initiative, DFC is assessing various options available for the dairy sector and seeking the most beneficial solution for Canadian dairy producers. CDN management provided an update on three key issues related to genetic evaluation services: There is a growing need in Canada for adopting the use of "Single Step" methodology for calculating genomic evaluations, instead of the two-step procedures currently being used. This is particularly important for the development of evaluations for new traits for which there is less phenotypic data in terms of herds and time period. To address this need the CDN Board of Directors approved a proposal from management to pursue a licensing agreement for access to software available internationally that would allow CDN to implement single step genomic evaluations as soon as possible. Given the recent availability of hoof health data at CDN, the Board of Directors agreed that the development of genetic and genomic evaluations for Digital Dermatitis (DD) in Holsteins is a high priority with targeted implementation no later than April 2018. Based on presentations at recent international meetings organized by Interbull, as well as preliminary analysis at CDN, the Board of Directors agreed that measures should be taken as soon as possible to eliminate the downward bias of bull proofs that is expected from the pre-selection of young bulls prior to entry into AI based on their genomic evaluations. The CDN Board considered all correspondence received from industry partners regarding the proposal from the Industry Standards Committee outlining an alternative approach for labelling lactation records. Given the favourable support received from breed associations, the Industry Standards Committee will continue to discuss details associated with the proposed strategy and prepare an implementation plan for presentation to the CDN Board of Directors at its next meeting in May.
The Board of Directors received an update on the collaboration between CDN and Holstein Canada towards the development of a genetics decision software for Canadian dairy producers. The software specifications have been defined and a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued to four targeted companies. Once the software development company has been identified, more detail about the functionality of the software and the technical calculations based on sound scientific principles will be defined. The Board of Directors also received a management report on a patent that was recently granted by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (No. 2673174). The claims of the patent, which is owned by Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Limited (AVS) in Australia, essentially include (a) the imputation of SNP genotypes, (b) the calculation of genomic evaluations using the imputed genotypes, and (c) the use of such genomic evaluations for selective breeding. After considering various possible options, the Board of Directors agreed on a strategy and action plan. Based on 10 months of activity within the current fiscal year, projected total revenue is well above budget (+7.9%), mainly due to an unbudgeted cash contribution from Zoetis for the development of the genetics decision software. Operational expenses are projected to be 3.3% above budget, mainly due to increased expenses associated with the Board of Directors and a higher level of compensation to the Canadian DHI partners for the collection of data used to provide genetic evaluations for various functional and health traits. Overall, without considering the unbudgeted extra revenue from Zoetis, the year-end result is expected to be a slight net surplus of revenue over expenses, similar to the approved budget for the year. For the 2017-2018 budget, revenue received from Zoetis during 2016-2017 is expected to be fully allocated to the development of the new genetics decision software so this budgeted cost does not affect service fees to member organizations. With this in mind, the Board of Directors approved a budget that balances revenue and operational expenses, excluding the software development project, which leads to a 1.5% increase in the level of service fees for member organizations compared to last year. This magnitude of increase is directly related to the budgeted cost for licensing software required to implement single step genomic evaluations. At year end, Members' Equity is budgeted to be near $245K, which is the same level as it was at the end of 2015-2016. For activities related to the DairyGen Council, the combination of expenses for ongoing and new projects is expected to maintain the level of carry-over reserves at approximately $500K. As usual at this time of year, CDN has circulated the call for nominations for the 2017 Dairy Cattle Improvement Industry Distinction Award. All industry organizations are encouraged to identify quality candidates and submit the nomination form for consideration by the CDN Board of Directors at its next meeting in May. The Board also reviewed the schedule of events associated with the 2017 Dairy Cattle Improvement Industry Forum, which will be held at the Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, Ontario. Meetings involving various industry boards of directors will take place on Monday, September 18th and Tuesday, September 19th with the Forum on Wednesday the 20th and the 22nd Annual General Meeting of CDN will take place during the morning of September 21st. The next CDN Board of Directors meeting will be held in Guelph on May 30-31, 2017.
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DAIRY NEWS – Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) introduces Dairy AdvanCE™, a new online, one-stop professional development shop for the dairy industry. “We designed Dairy AdvanCE so farmers can easily take control of their Continuing Education (CE) and position themselves for success,” says PDPW President Mitch Breunig, who owns and manages Mystic Valley Dairy LLC in Sauk City, Wis.
“Consumers’ expectations of farmers and farming are changing, and it’s affecting the entire food chain,” he explains. “It’s never been more important for dairy farmers to be proactive and prepared to demonstrate our dedication to continuous improvement. Dairy AdvanCE makes that easy.”
At dairyadvance.org, you’ll find vetted, high-quality dairy education and training programs, workshops and accredited CE opportunities on a wide range of topics – from animal care to human resources, financial management to environmental stewardship. This online resource also lets farmers and their on-farm team members easily track their CE credits and advancement toward their professional development goals.
Another Dairy AdvanCE advantage is the ability to print CE transcripts, so farmers can demonstrate their commitment to continuous improvement in their business plans to lenders and partners. “Dairy AdvanCE offers training, tracking and reporting all in one spot,” shares Breunig. “These are the benefits the industry valued most when we tested the concept with dairy farmers, allied industry and education providers.”
PDPW verifies each training for content quality and rigor, including speakers’ expertise and assurance of non-promotional content. There’s no need for farmers to waste time searching for qualified training opportunities because Dairy AdvanCE gathers them all in one spot.
West-central Wisconsin dairy farmer Darci Daniels believes in Dairy AdvanCE. “The idea of an online resource of top-quality training and education offerings is spot on. I can search for something specific or discover programs that I didn’t even know existed,” she says.
Those who market and provide services to dairy farmers could benefit from Dairy AdvanCE. “Knowing the person I’m dealing with has a qualified base of knowledge means productive conversations about our farm,” Daniels adds.
While PDPW developed Dairy AdvanCE for farmers, anyone in the dairy industry can subscribe. This includes allied industry professionals such as veterinarians, nutritionists, technicians, field and sales representatives, as well as food system, legal and public service professionals.
Dairy AdvanCE is free for dairy farmer owners, farm managers and on-farm team members. For all others, there is a $50 annual subscription fee. To learn more or subscribe to Dairy AdvanCE visit www.dairyadvance.org, email email@example.com, or call 800-947-7379.
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is dairy’s professional organization. As the nation’s largest dairy producer-led, grassroots organization of its kind, it focuses on education, networking and professional development to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
Dairy AdvanCE™, the dairy industry’s new one-stop shop for professional development, will include a wide variety of high-quality training and education opportunities for farmers and allied industry professionals. Access is free for dairy farmers. Find more at dairyadvance.org.
PDPW Board President Mitch Breunig, Sauk City, Wis., owns and manages Mystic Valley Dairy LLC, which milks 430 registered Holsteins and has 450 young stock. “It’s never been more important for dairy farmers to be proactive and prepared to demonstrate our dedication to continuous improvement. Dairy AdvanCE makes that easy,” he says.
Madison, N.J., March 15, 2017 – Today, 34 outstanding veterinary students from around the world received scholarships from Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). Through the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program, the selected second- and third-year students pursuing careers in companion animal or large animal medicine will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to support their educational endeavors.
“We know that the cost of veterinary education can be a challenge, but want to encourage talented students to pursue their dreams,” said Scott Bormann, Vice President, North America, Merck Animal Health. “We’re honored to support these recipients, as the work they do throughout their careers will have an important impact on the animal health industry, helping to advance the medical care of both companion and large animals.”
The AVMF, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association, has supported veterinary students for more than five decades.
“The AVMF helps ensure the future of veterinary medicine by identifying and supporting outstanding students,” said Debborah Harp, CFRE, AVMF Executive Director. “We are honored to partner with Merck Animal Health in providing these scholarship opportunities.”
Award recipients from U.S. and international veterinary schools accredited through the AVMA were selected based on academic excellence, financial need, leadership and area of interest within the profession. The 2017 scholarship recipients are:
- Sharmin Akter, Bangladesh Agricultural University
- Bryle Jansen Albao, University of the Philippines
- Kayla Alexander, Mississippi State University
- Erin Beasley, North Carolina State University
- Sandra Bernal, University of the Philippines
- Nitol Chandra Das, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
- Ericka Datuin, University of the Philippines
- Syeda Munira Dilshad, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
- Katie Dirsmith, Colorado State University
- Laura Eckstrand, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
- Shakera Fudge, Tuskegee University
- Jill Grogan, Michigan State University
- Rachel Hilliard, Cornell University
- Kelly Hood, North Carolina State University
- Nazmul Hossain, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
- Claire Hovenga, Colorado State University
- Zahidul Islam, Bangladesh Agricultural University
- Sohaila Jafarian, Kansas State University
- Khali Jones, Tuskegee University
- Lisa Jones, Cornell University
- Enif Ledesma, University of the Philippines
- Leslie Lundewall, Purdue University
- Rachel Madenjian, Tufts University
- Kristen Malinak, North Carolina State University
- Imma Mangubat, University of the Philippines
- Kristy Meadows, Tufts University
- Ananta Paul, Bangladesh Agricultural University
- Gwen Roy, University of Saskatchewan
- Rahima Akther Ruma, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
- Jenna Scott, North Carolina State University
- Brent Sexton, Iowa State University
- Amanda Stump, The Ohio State University
- Sudipat Talukder, Bangladesh Agricultural University
- Shamsunnaher Yesmin, Bangladesh Agricultural University
About Merck Animal Health
For over a century, Merck has been a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com or connect with us on LinkedIn,Facebook and Twitter at @MerckAH.
About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 89,000 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. For more than 50 years, the foundation has been helping veterinarians help animals with support for education, advocacy, service, and research programs and activities. Visit AVMF.org for more information.
Every month,USDEC aggregates domestic and global dairy data to create 10 charts displayed in a one-page, printable dashboard.
The March Dairy Data Dashboard is live and ready for download in PDF format here.
U.S. dairy officials are visiting Mexico City to affirm a mutually beneficial business partnership that still has plenty of upside.
MEXICO CITY -- U.S. Dairy Export Council President and CEO Tom Vilsack says he is emphasizing four positive messages this week as he and other U.S. dairy leaders meet with Mexican government officials, dairy organizations and media.
“The whole purpose of this trip is to make the point that if the U.S. and Mexican dairy industries stay united, we both win,” says Vilsack. “It’s about celebrating this strong relationship for what it is, a partnership that has benefitted both countries.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Vilsack will address the National Dairy Forum in Mexico City, an annual gathering of Mexican dairy farmers to discuss issues affecting the industry. Mexican state and federal government officials are also scheduled to attend.........
As if one more example of our interconnected world was needed - the depletion of an aquifer 8,000 miles away is likely to impact on alfalfa growers in Seeley, CA or Pasco, Washington.
Figure 1. Compressed hay awaiting export, Long Beach, CA
Seeley and Pasco (the Imperial Valley of California and the Columbia River Basin of Washington, respectively) are major producers of hay for export. Exports are a key aspect of hay markets in the entire western US, and have buoyed hay prices in the past two years, as domestic dairies have been in an economic slump. Exports have grown considerably the past 10 years (see export blog reports), but still consist of less than 4% of US alfalfa hay production.
Changes in Saudi Policy. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia brings up visions of oil wells and sheiks – but the kingdom is regionally important in dairy production and exports milk products to other parts of the Middle East. Saudi dairies are modern and sophisticated, and milk production per animal is the highest in the world at over 10,000 liters/year (world average is 2,200 l/year). (Note: Saudi average production per cow is about the same as California, about 23,000 lbs/year). The Saudi Almarai Dairy is one of the largest in the world, and owns forage production operations in Saudi Arabia, the US, Argentina and other nations.
Costs per liter in Saudi Arabian dairies are above those in major exporters such as the United States, New Zealand or Ireland. That means Saudi dairies rely on import barriers on dry milk power and related products to maintain some of their market.
However, beginning in 2016, the Saudi government embarked upon a 3-year program to conserve water resources by greatly reducing its domestic production of alfalfa, wheat, corn and several other commodities important for dairy and livestock production. The productivity of Almarai and other Saudi dairies relies, in part, on key dairy feeds that include high quality alfalfa hay, corn silage, and miscellaneous forages (such as sudangrass and Rhodesgrass). However, the continual depletion of aquifers in the Arabian Peninsula has created a tremendous challenge as the domestic production of alfalfa there is constrained due to water limitations.
Foreign Ag. Service Report. A recent report (February, 2017) by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) illustrates the dynamics of this water restriction mandate and the Saudis' emerging market for imported hay products.
The FAS estimates that 2016 hay imports into Saudi Arabia totaled about 380,000 metric tons (MT). Total forage production in the country was estimated to be about 4 million MT per year.
It is unknown how much hay will be eventually imported into the kingdom, but FAS estimates project imports to reach 1.2 million MT of high-quality alfalfa hay once the transition is complete in 2018. Other industry sources have put this number higher.
The import subsidy for alfalfa hay is currently $59/MT, and subsidies are also available for corn, soybean meal, distillers dried grain and other feedstuffs.
Saudi Arabia dairies, similar to Almarai, have developed their own production areas in the United States, and other regions to cope with uncertainty in forage supplies.
Where will this imported hay originate? Currently a majority high of the high quality alfalfa comes from the US, mostly from the Western US, where hay for export is now a common feature of the agricultural landscape (see recent UC blog on export). According to the FAS, the US is the main supplier of alfalfa hay to the kingdom, with Spain being second (Figure 2).
Figure 2. Imports of alfalfa hay into Saudi Arabia, 2016 (USDA-FAS, 2017).
Many countries will likely try to compete with the US for this market, including nearby production regions in North Africa, Middle East, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe. These nearby regions have advantages in terms of distance but other factors are important as well. South America (Argentina primarily), Canada, South Africa and Australia are also likely to participate.
There have been recent efforts to develop new alfalfa production in Sudan and Ethiopia, Morocco, Pakistan and Egypt, but limitations of management, infrastructure, and transportation have proved to be important. These regions face problems of political instability which makes investment risky. Weather patterns which limit the production of high-quality hay products (such as summer monsoon rains) may also play a factor. Dehydration infrastructure in Southern Europe may provide an advantage for curing, but it is uncertain whether dairy producers and their nutritionists prefer sun-dried vs. dehydrated hay.
The United States has disadvantages in supplying alfalfa hay for the Saudi market due to the distances from the West Coast ports (or even the South and Eastern ports), but has major production advantages; high-quality hay can be produced under dry conditions, and advanced infrastructure and transportation systems. The Saudi market must also compete for West Coast hay with closer Asian export markets as well. For example, China is a major and growing destination for West Coast hay, due to our ability to produce high quality products and shipping advantages to Asia (Figure 2).
Figure 2. Growth markets for US exported alfalfa hay. (Volume of Monthly Hay Exports to China, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, Jan 2007-Dec 2016- Source: U.S. Department of Commerce). Note: hay destined for China may be greater than reported above for 2016 here due to mislabeling of alfalfa as grass hay in the datasets (total was likely 1.4 million MT in 2016).
The United States has seen a rise in exports to Saudi Arabia starting in 2013-2014 and expanding rapidly over the 18-month period starting spring, 2015. This increase mirrors the rise in exports to UAE 9 years ago, and to China 8 years ago (Figure 2). The UAE demand has stabilized considerably from its rapid expansion in 2009-2013 (Figure 2).
The Water Link. Much of Saudi agricultural production was developed utilizing center-pivot irrigation, based upon ‘fossil' aquifers that have been continually depleted over the past decades, and will not be likely be replenished in human history. These are the water resources which the Saudi government now wishes to conserve. This will mean that the kingdom will require perhaps millions of Metric tons of alfalfa hay to support domestic animal production, mostly dairy.
This illustrates the global nature of food demand in balance (or imbalance) with water and land resources. Some have decried the ‘export' of virtual water in the form of alfalfa hay from the United States (see articles by LA Times , CNBC, NPR and earlier in the Wall Street Journal.
Of course, many agricultural exports are produced using irrigation water, including wheat, wine, fruit, almonds, walnuts, corn, soybean and rice, most of which are exported in larger percentages than alfalfa hay. The key point is that farming uses many inputs and hay can be economically produced in and exported from the arid West because of many advantages that offset scarce water.
Water scarcity and uncertainty are important in many areas of the world, which will challenge food production, and water resources wherever agriculture is practiced. A key consideration is whether water resources are managed sustainably, whether grown in the Arabian peninsula or in the Pacific Northwest or in the Colorado River basin. Saudi Arabia is increasingly recognizing that growing alfalfa for livestock feed may not be a sustainable use of their limited and expensive groundwater.
The emerging Saudi market for hay is still in its infancy, but has been increasing rapidly and is likely to have an important impact on alfalfa production in many parts of the world, including the Western United States.
That was part of the message delivered by Gary Sipiorski, dairy development manager with Vita Plus, and Dianne Shoemaker, Ohio State University dairy field specialist, during the Northeast Ohio Regional Dairy Conference March 1 at the OARDC.
Sipiorski told dairy farmers how to manage budgets, feed and operating costs, if they want to be in the top third of dairy producers.
“The financial clock is ticking,” he said. “If you don’t like numbers, it’s time to start liking them. It’s time to start knowing what’s going on, because top-third dairy producers know how to manage money.”.........
In January, U.S. dairy export volume topped prior-year levels for the eighth straight month, due to continued gains in sales of milk powder and whey products, according to the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC). Suppliers shipped 149,864 tons of milk powders, cheese, butterfat, whey and lactose during the month, which was 11% greater than a year ago. The overall export value was $412 million in January, up 10%..........
The dairy industry in Ireland has benefited over the last few years from an improved understanding in terms of the role of nutrition, husbandry and preventive practices in helping cows to recover rapidly after calving.
A cow’s metabolism needs particular support post-calving to help it maintain essential bodily functions and for it to remain healthy..........
For the dairy farmer, business success means balancing a wide range of factors. At the heart of this challenge lies the need to look after your cows and improve productivity, while controlling overall workload and costs.
Calf rearing is one of the most intensive and satisfying aspects of dairy farming and has always been considered important.
But, the true picture of just how crucial successful rearing is to the overall health and performance of a herd is now becoming clear.
Research has shown that high growth rates in the first weeks of life (800-1,000g/day) lead to increased milk production during the first and second lactation.
And, the first eight weeks of a calf’s life provide a huge opportunity to boost the lifetime performance of the cow..........
The men, aged in their 20s, suffered minor injuries when their sedan hit and killed two cows about 2.30am, according to emergency services sources.
There were reports of up to 100 cows on the freeway on the moonlit night, but acting Sergeant Justin Kaminski from Sunbury police said this was probably an exaggeration.
He said the white Nissan Pulsar was extensively damaged when it hit two cows on the Bendigo-bound freeway lanes near the Vineyard Rd overpass.
He said cows on a freeway were obviously a hazard and he urged livestock owners to ensure their animals were secure.
Diggers Rest CFA captain Tim Welshe, who attended the incident, said the Pulsar’s driver and passenger were lucky not to have been seriously injured.
“Cows are solid beasts weighing up to a tonne each; it was dark and potentially could have caused a fatality,” he said..........
WHAT: Join Alltech during Central Plains Dairy Expo for our five-star breakout sessions. Dr. Corale Dorn of Dells Veterinary Services will explain how to maximize calf performance during the first weeks of life. In this hands-on presentation, Dorn will identify some of the anatomical structures involved in maintaining optimum gut health. She will also discuss how to put good calf management practices in place in order to prevent salmonella and potential secondary illness.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 29 at 9 a.m.
Thursday, March 30 at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Central Plains Dairy Expo
Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Meeting Rooms 12–13
MORE: For more information about the breakout sessions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors to the Alltech booth #A4 will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts on topics such as improving gut health and reducing the risk of mycotoxins.
The Alltech booth will also host a happy hour on Wednesday, March 29 from 4–5 p.m. with Kentucky Ale®.
MADISON, WIS. – After a year hiatus – to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of World Dairy Expo – WDE is pleased to announce the return of Expo Recognition Awards and the four honorees selected this year. These individuals were nominated by their peers for their involvement and excellence in the dairy industry and their community.
The 2017 honorees are as follows:
Dairy Woman of the Year
Marilyn Hershey, Ar-Joy Farm, Cochranville, Pa.
Dairyman of the Year
Charles Ahlem, Charles Ahlem Ranch, Turlock, Calif.
Industry Person of the Year
Ben Brancel, Endeavor, Wis., Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
International Person of the Year
Derrick Frigot, Owner of JISEX International, Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
A formal awards presentation for these outstanding dairy leaders will take place during the Dinner with the Stars banquet on Wednesday evening, October 4, 2017, in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. Anyone may purchase tickets to the banquet by contacting the Expo Office at 608-224-6455 or email@example.com. Prior to the ticketed banquet, a complimentary reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be held for all Expo stakeholders to celebrate, meet and greet the Expo honorees.
For over five decades, the global dairy industry has been meeting in Madison, Wis. for World Dairy Expo. Crowds of nearly 75,000 people from more than 100 countries attended the annual event in 2016. WDE will return Oct. 3-7, 2017 as attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to “Discover New Dairy Worlds.” Visit worlddairyexpo.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@WDExpo or #WDE17) for more information.
George Blankenship, Jack Bobo, Peter Diamandis join lineup of innovative leaders for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference
Alltech to showcase barrier-breaking industry leaders at international agribusiness conference
[LEXINGTON, Ky.] — George Blankenship, former executive at Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and GAP Inc., uses uniquely innovative processes to transform status quo organizations into forward-thinking and dynamic players of the future. And now, Blankenship will use his experience to provide the audience at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conferencewith unmatched insight into building and creating brand loyalty and awareness, competitive positioning in the market and what it takes to deliver superior customer care.
Jack Bobo, senior vice president and chief communications officer for Intrexon, is constantly assessing the relationship between science and agriculture. Bobo, who was named one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American, will offer his unique perspective on global trends in agriculture, consumer perceptions and science communication.
International pioneer in innovation and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Peter Diamandis will share his insight and strategies for making big impacts on the future. Diamandis, founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation and co-founder and vice-chairman of Human Longevity Inc., was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine.
“This year’s audience should prepare for truly disruptive ideas when they hear from these influential leaders,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech’s founder and president. “From changing the car-buying experience to serving as the architect of Apple’s brand-building retail methodology, George Blankenship has disrupted the status quo in several industries. Peter Diamandis taught us how to go big, create wealth and impact the world through his book ‘Abundance.’ And Jack Bobo is a name synonymous with biotechnology and consumer perceptions.”
Dr. Lyons will deliver an inspiring message on “Realizing Your Dreams Through Disruption.” Through personal stories of perseverance and ambition, he will encourage business leaders to explore goals and define a roadmap to success.
“Nothing will feed your hunger for making a difference more than pursuing your dreams,” said Dr. Lyons.
Other headliners for ONE17 include Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of futurethink, and Damien McLoughlin, Anthony C. Cunningham professor of marketing and associate dean at the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Ireland. In her “Why Simple Wins” discussion, Bodell — whose time-management skills border on an art form — will help agribusiness leaders escape complexity traps and focus on the work that matters. McLoughlin will share what can be expected from the new leadership landscape in Washington, D.C., and how the food chain and global trade could be disrupted in the future, as he discusses “Disruption in Washington.”
Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from Aidan Connolly, Alltech’s chief innovation officer, and Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China for Alltech. Connolly will focus on how organizations and individuals can maintain lasting disruption, and Dr. Mark Lyons will discuss the changing consumer landscape and meeting the demands of the “rising billion.”
Contributing to the uniqueness and “real-life solutions” approach of ONE17, this year’s conference will include various track sessions. Breakouts on crop science, beef, dairy, swine, poultry and aquaculture — as well as topical sessions on finance, food issues and emerging markets — provide an opportunity for every corner of production agriculture to engage disruption at the ONE17 conference.
For the full list of sessions and topics to be featured at ONE17, visit one.alltech.com. Register before April 1 to save $300.
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