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Balancing Animal Agriculture and Communities

Aerial shot of a farm
The first ever conference on Balancing Animal Agriculture and Communities, sponsored by the Animal Agriculture Initiative and hosted by MSU Extension, took place on February 29, 2008, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University. Below are excerpts from the conference.

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Tom Coon

MSU Extension director, Tom Coon opened the conference, welcoming the attendees. See his PowerPoint. View the video.




Wendy Powers
Wendy Powers, director of environmental stewardship for animal agriculture, MSU, presented on how new technology, commodity prices, wages and the regulatory environment have changed this ever-evolving industry. Learn more. See her PowerPoint. View the video.



Roger McClellan
Roger McClellan, former president of the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, spoke on the comparative effects of animal agriculture air emissions on human environmental health. Learn more. See his PowerPoint. View the video.




George Vellidis
George Vellidis, professor of biological and agriculture engineering at the University of Georgia, spoke on the comparative effects of animal agriculture on aquatic ecosystem integrity. Learn more. See his PowerPoint. View the video.



Glynn Tonsor, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Michigan State University spoke on the comparative effects of animal agriculture on real estate values. Learn more. See his PowerPoint. View  the video.

Jeff Sharp, associate professor of rural sociology at The Ohio State University spoke on the comparative effects of animal agriculture on quality of life in surrounding communities. Learn more. See his PowerPoint. View the video.

Richard Hegg, the national program leader for the plant and animal systems in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, spoke on how technology and management affect on-farm activities. Learn more. See his PowerPoint. View the video.

Bill Flinn, director of the Social Responsibility Initiative at The Ohio State University, spoke on the community response to evolving animal agriculture. Learn more. Watch the PowerPoint. View the video.