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FOOD

Sylvain Charlebois: Pandemic helping rewrite food fundamentals

7 January, 2021

He's known as the "food professor", an educator in food distribution and policy at Canada's Dalhousie University and senior director of the innovative Agri-Food Analytics Lab.

Sylvain Charlebois spends his days on "predictive analytics", looking at the future of food. Many will know him from frequent mainstream media appearances. He is also one of the most cited people on the planet on food supply chain management, food value chains and traceability.
The pandemic is helping to rewrite the rules of the food industry across Canada and around the world, says Charlebois. The challenge for producers today is to read the changes coming in the food industry and prepare to capitalize on them.


TECHNOLOGY

Video cameras drive nursey barn management at Pillen Family Farms

7 January, 2021

Have you ever wondered what the nursery pigs' comfort is when caretakers are not able to be present in a barn 24/7?

Andy Jakubowski knows. The Director at Pillen Family Farms told the 2021 Banff Pork Seminar how that large hog operation in Columbus, Nebraska installed roughly 150 cameras in virtually all their nursery barns in the fall of 2017. It was so successful it anchors a new management era for the farm.


HUMAN RESOURCES

50 shades of beige: Communicate with the "Cross-Cultural Advantage"

10 April, 2020

The pork industry has a frontline view of the changing demographic of Canadian society. It is a globally connected industry these days and in many cases the labor force is made up of people who have moved here from other countries.


INVASIVE SPECIES

Time running out to eradicate wild pigs

13 January, 2020

Brook, a University of Saskatchewan wildlife researcher has spent more time than anyone in the country studying the challenge of wild pigs. His message is starkly straightforward. Wild pigs are an ecological disaster.


ANIMAL HEALTH

What we need to know to beat African Swine Fever

13 January, 2020

Twelve years ago, African swine fever (ASF) outside of Africa was a so-called exotic disease with minor impact. That has changed drastically. ASF is one of the most important threats to the global pig-farming sector with no drugs or vaccines are available to cure or prevent the disease.


SPECIAL REPORTS

Banff Pork Seminar 2021

Banff Pork Seminar 2021

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