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Calendar of Events
Trade Mission to China
Egg Standards Bill
MTGA Summer Meeting
Wakeup Call For Animal Ag
AgChat Foundation
Antimicrobial Use in Poultry
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Calendar of Events
Iowa Turkey Federation Summer Meeting

June 11-13, 2013

Des Moines, IA

Contact: Sheila Larson, 515-232-7492 or


MTGA Summer Meeting

June 19-21, 2013

Grand View Lodge

Nisswa, MN

Contact: Lara Durben, 763/682-2171 or


National Turkey Federation
Summer Leadership Conference
July 14-16, 2013 

The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel
Washington DC
Contact: Jen Dansereau, 202/898-0100 or  


Minnesota State Fair

August 22 - September 2, 2013 

State Fairgrounds, Saint Paul, MN
Visit the MTRPC Booth in the Dairy Building and Turkey To Go on Clough Avenue!


Minnesota Nutrition Conference

September 17-18, 2013

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Prior Lake, MN

Contact: Krishona Martinson, 

Iowa Turkey Federation Winter Convention

December 10-12, 2013
West Des Moines Marriott, Des Moines, IA
Contact: Sheila Larson, or 515/232-7492

North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention
December 18-20, 2013
Holiday Inn, Fargo, North Dakota
Contact: Carl Wittenburg, 1-877-289-8875 or 


Worth the Read
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Here's what we're seeing (and sharing) on Twitter and Facebook this week:


AMI Releases Video Tour of Pork Plant Hosted by Temple Grandin, Ph.D. - Details  | View Video  


Food Manufacturers Immigration Coalition, which includes the National Turkey Federation and the National Chicken Council, formed an alliance with the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) on comprehensive immigration reform.  This alliance was announced in a letter sent to the Senate "Gang of Eight" immigration reform leaders. The labor-business coalition continues to seek important improvements to the Senate bill in the areas of visa allocation and employment verification. Letter




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Odds and Ends

--- Nominations for the 2013 Allied Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for MTGA are due by May 15. Please contact Lara Durben with your nominations.


--- Check out the Minnesota Farmers Feed US photo contest for summer and be sure to share with your friends and neighbors. Farmers Feed US will be giving away monthly grocery gift cards to the best farm-related photo!

--- Using grid soil sampling to guide manure application can be a profitable investment, is the conclusion from case studies based on eight Minnesota farms. The brief case studies are available on the University of Minnesota Extension web page for Manure Management and Air Quality, under Grid Soil Sampling for Manure Application. An introduction, the eight case studies, and a set of short video presentations based on the case studies are available here. Funding for the case studies was provided by the McKnight Foundation.
--- Save the date for the 74th annual Minnesota Nutrition Conference, September 17-18 in Prior Lake. Details

--- Hosted by the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, the 24th Annual AgPAC Golf Outing will beMonday, June 17, at the Valley View Golf Club in Belle Plaine, MN. It's a great opportunity for agriculture and food industry leaders to network, while raising funds for the Minnesota AgPAC, a political fund that benefits the state's agriculture and food industry. Details

---  The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation will hold its annual golf fundraiser at River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, Minnesota on Tuesday, July 16. All proceeds from the event assist the MFB Foundation programs. Funds will be used for programs focused on agricultural education, positive image and leadership development. Details
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We hope you've had a good week! It's been another busy one around here, with much to report - thanks for reading!
P.S. Just for fun ... We know May is National Egg Month - but check out this list of all the special May days there are - i.e. "Clean Up Your Room Day" and "Belly Dancing Day"!

Turkey Trade Mission to China

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Minnesota Turkey

Research & Promotion Council led a trade promotion trip to China this week to provide education activities to Chinese chefs and retailers. The mission, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Emerging Markets Program grant, aims to increase export opportunities for Minnesota companies that produce and sell turkey.


Read MPR news report

Interview with Steve Olson in China

 Sial China Show 2013
Brian Erickson, MDA; Scott Sindelar, Minister-Counselor for Agricultural Affairs, US Embassy Agricultural Affairs Office; Steve Olson, Executive Director, MTGA; Christina Connelly, MDA. at the Turkey Grower's booth at the SIAL China trade show this week.


China - chef demo 2013
Chef demo.

Egg Bill Won't  Be Part of Farm Bill Mark-Up

According to CQ Roll Call, neither the House farm bill draft nor the Senate farm bill draft will include the standards for egg-laying hens requested by the United Egg Producers. 


Collin Peterson, House Agriculture's ranking Democrat, is working with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on an amendment to the panel's bill aimed at blocking states from setting agricultural production standards that farms in other states would have to meet, according to CQ Roll Call's Ellyn Ferguson. That's the approach favored by a smaller egg-industry trade group, Egg Farmers of America, that opposes the UEP standards. 

MTGA Summer Meeting Registration Now Available!

Registration is now open for the MTGA Summer Meeting, June 19-21 at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minn. 

Two ways to register:
Mail/fax/email - Click here to download and print the Registration Brochure
Register online
Click this link


Hotel Reservations at Grand View:

You may book your hotel room now using this form (mail/fax) or book online here. Deadline - May 20.


We will provide additional highlights and information via email between now and June 19!

Animal Ag Alliance: Ag Needs to Build Relationships

The era of 'don't ask, don't tell' in agriculture is over,'" remarked Dallas Hockman, to attendees at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's 12th annual Stakeholders Summit last week. Hockman, Vice President of Industry Relations for the National Pork Producers Council adamantly told Summit attendees that the ag industry can no longer afford to stay quiet; we must communicate.

More crucially, however, Hockman emphasized that the industry doesn't just need to "communicate" but instead, must form relationships with consumers and recognize their concerns.
"This is about transparency, and transparency means that it's our job to go and inform our customers, it's not our customer's job to come and ask us about something," said Hockman. "We all know what we're against, but the challenge is: what are you for? It's not what you say, it's what people hear."
Numerous speakers throughout the day put the responsibility on the industry to communicate to consumers, instead of the other way around.  

More Details

Blog: A Wake Up Call for Animal Ag

Applications Open Now for AgChat Foundation's Annual Conference

Learn how to be part of the social media conversation with agriculture's best and brightest in social media - apply to attend the Agvocacy 2.0 Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 22-23. The conference's focus is to empower farmers and ranchers to connect communities through social media platforms.


Agvocacy 2.0 was completely sold out in both 2011 and 2012, so interested applicants should apply early. (Selected attendees will be required to pay a $375 registration fee.) Details  | Online Application

Safety of Antimicrobial Use in Poultry Production Reaffirmed

Food-grade antimicrobials are approved for use by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and classified as "Generally Recognized As Safe" by the FDA at the recommended use levels as a very safe and effective way to kill or inhibit the growth of any potential foodborne pathogens, like Salmonella, on raw poultry products.  They are used to assure the safety of poultry products, said the National Chicken Council (NCC) in response to claims made in late April in an article appearing in the Washington Post.  Details