Building a better rural America

Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development

A free webinar series designed for business owners and entrepreneurs to learn more about university developed technology that may be relevant to your current or future business operations.

Upcoming Webinars:

Pan Genome Systems: Developing a novel and effective vaccine for Johne’s Disease
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 (12:30 PM - ET / 11:30 PM - CT)
Presenters: Dr. Adel Talaat, Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Jon Sandbrook, President of Pan Genome Systems
Description:  Johne’s Disease cost the U.S. dairy industry approximately $500 million per year. Globally, the cost of the disease for industry is several billion dollars. Currently, only 5% of U.S. dairy farmers choose to vaccinate against Johne’s Disease due, in part, to current vaccines ineffectiveness. This means that 95% of the 10 million dairy cattle on the 60,000+ dairy farms across the U.S. go untreated. Pan Genome Systems is currently developing a novel and effective vaccine which is delivered one-time in the first 30 days of life of the animal and provides a lifetime of protection. The potential global market for such a vaccine in the dairy cattle industry is estimated to be $280-360 million per year, with around $50-70 million of this in the U.S. When other ruminant animal industries that could benefit from the vaccine are included, the potential market is estimated at $500 million per year.
Registration: To Register for this webinar, please email Dr. John Mann


Archived Webinars:

Responding to an S.O.S. from the Commercial Beekeeping Industry (4/22/14)
Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota
Summary: As bees are directly or indirectly responsible for 35% of our diet through their pollination services, it is critical to increase effort to keep bees healthy and to provide hands-on assistance to the beleaguered beekeeping industry throughout the U.S.
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High rate renewable energy production with the Static Granular Bed Reactor (SGBR)
Dr. Tim Ellis (Iowa State University)
An exciting new anaerobic treatment technology, the static granular bed reactor (SGBR), has been developed and patented at Iowa State University to treat a variety of wastewaters from municipal, industrial, and agricultural sources.  Due to its unique reactor configuration, the SGBR allows for more efficient and cost-effective treatment in a smaller footprint, without the need for expensive membranes, heat exchangers, mixers, etc. 
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Expediting the Commercialization of Biobased Products via OBIC’s ® "Cell to Sell" Innovation Model
Dennis W. Hall, The Ohio State University
Summary: OBIC is a Bioproduct Innovation Center in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. This presentation will discuss a unique cluster development strategy that brings together stakeholders from across the biobased product supply chain.
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Integrating perennial grasses for sustainable agricultural systems to maximize farm profitability
Dr. DoKyoung (D.K.) Lee, University of Illinois
Summary: Dr. Lee will discuss sustainable agricultural systems integrated with perennial grasses; how to design and establish market potential, a case study, and an on-farm example.

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Increasing production efficiency through reproductive management
Dr. Rick Funston (University of Nebraska)
Summary: Dr. Funston will discuss the importance of having a high percentage of beef calves born early in “your” calving season, whenever that is. This event coupled with overall reproductive rate is a major economic driver in cow/calf operations and has a profound impact on the profitability of any beef cattle operation.
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Maximizing Bioenergy Production during Wastewater Treatment
Lance Schideman, Ph.D. (University of Illinois)
Assistant Professor Agriculture & Biological Engineering
Summary: Discover new advances in the production of biodiesel from swine waste. This new technology allows for recaptured waste water, which is still rich in production materials, to be further refined and used to increase final biodiesel output.
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New Poultry Vaccine Tech: Leadership for Advanced Responses to Animal Diseases
Daral Jackwood, Ph.D. (Ohio Agricultural Research & Dev. Ctr., The Ohio State University)
Dr. Jackwood will discuss the challenges related to poultry vaccines and present a solution that his new venture, Leadership for Advanced Responses to Animals Diseases, is employing by using the VLP technology.

Thermal Aid: Managing Heat Stress in Cattle (2/12/13)
Don Spiers, Ph.D (University of Missouri)
Professor of Environmental Physiology
Summary: Thermal Aid is a smart phone app that combines information on both weather and/or respiration rate of livestock that allow producers to make crucial decisions regarding environmental stress and animal welfare.
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Working with Distilled Spirits (2/26/13)
Kris Berglund, Ph.D. (Michigan State University)
University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
Summary: Explore new fermentation technology options in the production of distilled spirits from Dr. Kris Berglund, a distinguished professor and entrepreneur.
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Farm-Based Biocontrol Seed Treatments for Improving Soybean Yields (3/28/13)
Brian B. McSpadden Gardener, Ph.D (Ohio State University)
Director, Organic Food, Farming, Education & Research Program
Summary: Beneficial bacteria exist in all agricultural soils. However, their natural distribution does not allow maximum benefits to be conferred to the crop. Treating seed with beneficial bacteria can help to ensure proper root colonization and expression of beneficial activities.
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