The Round Barn Podcast

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Welcome to the Round Barn podcast, where faculty members from the University of Illinois tackle issues that affect the livestock production industry every day. Look for the Round Barn podcast on your favorite podcatcher or tune in here to get the latest episodes.

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Why Over Easy Eggs Won't Kill You

May 12, 2020

How is food safety regulated in the United States? Jim Lowe and Ashley Mitek from the University of Illinois discuss the regulatory roles played by the USDA and FDA, as well as new rules to deregulate pork inspection.

A transcript of this episode is available here.

 

Meat Processing Plant Closures

April 22, 2020

The meat packing industry hasn't been spared from the coronavirus pandemic. Smithfield Foods, Cargill, Tysons Foods, and JBS USA have all closed plants due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Brian Aldridge and Jim Lowe from the University of Illinois discuss why these outbreaks are occurring and what these plant closures mean for U.S. food production.

A transcript of this episode is available here.

 

Is Food in Short Supply?

April 10, 2020

Has the COVID-19 epidemic endangered the U.S. food supply, or are our supply chain systems simply adapting to a new reality? Agribusiness and food production expert, Dan Thomson from Iowa State University tackles these questions with Jim Lowe from the University of Illinois to break down the effects the pandemic has had on the industry.

A transcript of this episode is available here.

 

Does Online Learning Work?

March 19, 2020

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., colleges and universities are rushing to move instruction online. Jim Lowe and Ashley Mitek from the University of Illinois tackle the ins and outs of online learning.

A transcript of this episode is available here.

 

Coronavirus: Is It Safe To Leave the House?

March 12, 2020

Amid the suspension of face-to-face classes at colleges, and the cancellation of conferences, music and sporting events, Jim Lowe and Ashley Mitek from the University of Illinois discuss measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A transcript of this episode is available here.

 

Zoonotic Disease and the Coronavirus 

March 04, 2020

Researchers believe the coronavirus spread from animals to people, but how does that happen? Jim Lowe and Ashley Mitek from the University of Illinois discuss zoonotic transmission, the coronavirus, and how government health organizations are responding to the outbreak.

A transcript of this episode is available here.

 

The Round Barn: Another Podcast?

February 27, 2020

Does the world need another podcast? That’s debatable, but we're doing it anyway. Join Jim Lowe and Brian Aldridge from the University of Illinois as they tackle issues that affect the livestock production industry every day. Want to join in the conversation? Contact us at online.vetmed.illinois.edu

A transcript of this episode is available here.

 

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