A White Paper that identifies and describes the challenges and opportunities today's farmers and ranchers in animal agriculture face is now available. Developed by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA), the White Paper synthesizes information from 50-plus experts presented at NIAA's recent annual conference, five species committees and six councils.
''A recent survey of America's young farmers and ranchers revealed that 97.2 percent planned to farm and ranch for life, and 90 percent said they would like their children to follow in their footsteps. This desire to remain in agriculture provides a strong incentive for today's farmers and ranchers to identify challenges and opportunities within animal agriculture, to learn how to turn challenges into opportunities and to gain the skills and knowledge needed to work with the challenges and constraints that they face,'' states Annette Whiteford, DVM, state veterinarian and director, Animal Health and Food Safety Services for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and NIAA chairman.
Specific challenges and opportunities addressed in the White Paper include technology, regulatory pressures, antimicrobial use, exports and traceability as well as the value of, and the need for, collaboration and outreach.
A copy of the White Paper is available online at www.animalagriculture.org.