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China Lifts Ban
EPA Administrator Leaving
The Green Revolution
 
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Calendar of Events

International Poultry Production & Processing Exposition (IPPE)
January 29-31, 2013
Georgia World Congress
Atlanta, GA

National Turkey Federation Annual Convention
February 13-16, 2013
Loews Coronado Bay
San Diego, CA
Contact: Jen Zukowski Dansereau, 202/898-0100
or jdansereau@turkeyfed.org

Nebraska Poultry Industries Convention
February 20-21, 2013
Norfolk Lodge & Suites
Norfolk, NE
Contact: Joline Gordon, 402-472-2051 or jgordon3@unl.edu

 

Midwest Poultry Federation Convention

March 12-14, 2013

Saint Paul RiverCentre

Saint Paul, MN

Contact: Lara Durben, 763/682-2171 or ldurben@midwestpoultry.com

Register online at www.midwestpoultry.com

 

Iowa Turkey Federation Summer Meeting

June 11-13, 2013

Des Moines, IA

Contact: Sheila Larson, 515-232-7492 or sheila@iowaturkey.org

 

MTGA Summer Meeting

June 19-21, 2013

Grand View Lodge

Nisswa, MN

Contact: Lara Durben, 763/682-2171 or ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com 

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Odds and Ends

 

--- The Minnesota Foundation for Responsible Animal Care (MNFRAC) and Animal Ag Alliance have released their December newsletters.  

 

MNFRAC 

Alliance Link 

Dear , 
 
Well, this will be the last time you receive a Wingtips from me. I have really enjoyed working for such a great organization, with such great people. I'm glad I was able to meet and get to know many of you who are reading this. I am sad to leave MTGA/CEAM but incredibly happy that I will be staying in the industry, and excited to start the new year off with a new opportunity!
 
I wish you and your family a happy and successful 2013! 
 
-MH
 
P.S. Please note our office will be closed December 31 and January 1 for the New Year holiday. 
China Lifts Ban on Minnesota Turkey

 

Last week the USAPEEC (USA Poultry & Egg Export Council) has announced that China had lifted the ban on Minnesota turkey. 

 

The ban took effect in September 2011, and at one point a year ago during a visit to China, Chinese officials indicated they would have "a present" for us. While this gift is a bit later than we expected, we are thrilled to share that the ban has been lifted.

 

A special thank you goes to Dr. Dale Lauer and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Chinese officials complimented Minnesota animal health officials for the timeliness and thoroughness of their documentation, and we appreciate all their efforts and assistance in making this happen.

 

The story was picked up by a few state news sources. You can check out the pieces below.

 

Star Tribune

 

MPR 

EPA Administrator Leaving 
Current EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced yesterday that she will be leaving President Obama's cabinet after the State of the Union. She said "I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction." 
The Green Revolution is Wilting
A study, done in part by researchers at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, shows that crop yields have plateaued or dropped in many places for the worlds most important crops.

An interesting quote from the article: "This finding is particularly troubling because it suggests that we have preferentially focused our crop improvement efforts on feeding animals and cars, as we have largely ignored investments in wheat and rice, crops that feed people and are the basis of food security in much of the world," said study co-author and IonE director Jonathan Foley, professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the College of Biological Sciences. "How can we meet the growing needs of feeding people in the future if one-third of our cropland areas, in our most important crops, are not improving in yield any more?"

You can check out the news release and full paper here. 
Global Corn Demand Spurs Historic Shift in China

According to the U.S. Grains Council, China is on track to produce more corn than rough rice for the first time in history, illustrating the growing affluence by the Chinese middle class and their demand for a more protein-rich diet. 

 

In its December World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture upwardly revised its projection of Chinese corn production from 200 million metric tons (7.9 billion bushels) to 208 million metric tons (8.2 billion bushels). USDA is also projecting a Chinese rough rice production of slightly more than 204 million metric tons.

 

Over the past 20 years, China has experienced explosive growth in meat demand. Poultry consumption has increased 300 percent. Pork consumption has increased 85 percent and beef consumption has increased 155 percent. That is a dramatic contrast to the U.S. figures, which are 45 percent, 6 percent and 3 percent respectively. 

 

Rice represents a staple food for more than 2 billion people--including two of the world's most populous countries, India and China--but the data suggests people in China are increasing their desire for animal protein.