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Balancing Animal Agriculture and Communities


March 28, 2008
By Michigan State University

The interaction between animal agriculture and residents continues to
be a hot topic in many rural communities. This conference features
experts in physical and social sciences from across the country that
will take a close look at the issues that affect us all.

February 29, 2008
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

The interaction between animal agriculture and residents continues to
be a hot topic in many rural communities. This conference features
experts in physical and social sciences from across the country that
will take a close look at the issues that affect us all.


Wendy Powers, Michigan State Uuniversity's director of
environmental stewardship and animal agriculture, says the one-day
event will bring Michigan residents, farmers and policymakers together
to discuss critical aspects of growth and development of communities
and agriculture.


"The conference is not designed to end the debate," she explains.
"It's designed to start the conversation. We hope people will walk away
from this with new knowledge and a renewed commitment for collaboration
and partnering with people in their communities."

Agenda

8-8:20 a.m. – Registration
8:20 a.m. – Welcome: Tom Coon, director, Michigan State University Extension
8:45 a.m. – How did we get here? A historical overview of livestock
production and rural communities: Wendy Powers, director, environmental
stewardship for animal agriculture, Michigan State University
9:35 a.m. – Break
9:50 a.m. – Prominent community concerns about animal agriculture:
Moderated by Rep. Richard Ball, District 85, Bennington Township

 

  • Comparative effects of animal agriculture air emissions on
    human and environmental health: Roger McClellan, former president,
    Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, Research Park Triangle,
    N.C.∑ Comparative effects of animal agriculture on aquatic ecosystem
    integrity: George Vellidis, professor of biological and agricultural
    engineering, University of Georgia

 

  • Comparative effects of animal agriculture on real estate
    values: Glynn Tonsor, assistant professor of agricultural economics, MSU

 

  • Comparative effects of animal agriculture on quality of life
    in surrounding communities: Jeff Sharp, associate professor of rural
    sociology, The Ohio State UniversityFollowed by group discussion Noon –
    Lunch1:30 p.m. – Animal Agriculture Today – Options and Tradeoffs:
    Moderated by David Hollister, president, Prima Civitas Foundation,
    Lansing

 

  • How technology and management affect on-farm activities:
    Richard Hegg, national program leader, plant and animal systems, U.S.
    Department of Agriculture
  • Community response to evolving animal agriculture: William
    Flinn, director of the Social Responsibility Initiative, Ohio State
    University

 

3 p.m. – Break

 

3:15 p.m. – Tell us what you think. Give your feedback on the topics
presented throughout the day. Answers will be tallied in real time so
participants can immediately see how their thoughts compare to those of
the rest of the audience: Facilitated by Frank Fear, senior associate
dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU

 

4 p.m. – Conference closes

 

 


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