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Calendar of Events
Water Quality Certification
Poultry Day at the Capitol
Social Media Conversation
Vilsack Comments at AFBF
NPDES Permit Reminders
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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: Clara Sackey, 202/898-0100

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


Midwest Poultry Federation Convention

March 12-14, 2013

Saint Paul RiverCentre

Saint Paul, MN

Contact: Lara Durben, 763/682-2171 or

Register online at


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 

Worth the Read
Note: Upon occasion, we list a link from a website that may require free registration for you to view the information - i.e., sites like or While we try to minimize sharing links like that, you can be assured that these sites are excellent resources for poultry information and will handle your email address responsibly.

Odds and Ends


--- The January issue of Gobbles is available here (PDF file) and on the members' only section of The issues features a preview of the 2013 Midwest Poultry Federation Convention.


--- Don't forget! MTGA is once again offering its Ranelius Scholarship program to worthy students. A total of $5,000 in scholarship funds are available for this competitive process.  Deadline is February 15, so please feel free to forward the scholarship information to those interested.


 Scholarship Overview & Application 


--- This spring, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is reaching out to farmers, ranchers and American agri-business to build a collection that reflects modern agricultural practices. Curators are seeking stories, photographs and ephemera to record and preserve the innovations and experiences of farming and ranching. Details


--- Position open: The National Animal Disease Center (NADC), Ames, IA, is seeking applications for a permanent, full-time Center Director.  The mission of the National Animal Disease Center (NADC) is to conduct basic and applied research on animal disease of economic importance to U.S. agriculture in order to develop national animal disease prevention and control programs.  Details

Dear , 
Another week gone - wow, that was fast! We have much to report below so we hope you take a minute or two to browse the links.

Thank you to all the MTGA and CEAM members who have renewed their memberships for 2013 - we truly appreciate each and every one of you. (And if you haven't sent your renewal back to us yet, or misplaced the letter that went out, please contact Teresa Sorenson, our membership coordinator, for assistance.)

Happy reading and stay warm!

MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program Advisory Committee Recommendations

In January of 2012, Governor Dayton entered into an agreement with EPA and USDA to develop an Ag Waters Certification Program in Minnesota. A committee was created and met from June through November. Their recommendations for the program were released in December.  The full report can be found here.

Note that t
hese recommendations will be discussed at the Legislature. Please forward comments to Steve Olson for inclusion in that discussion. 

Rural GOP Loses Effort, but Gets Ag Attention
The Minnesota House will not consider agriculture program funding by itself, but rural Republicans who wanted to divorce farm programs from natural resources and environmental spending got their message across Monday as the first week of the 2013 Legislature ended.


The House rules committee voted 15-12 along party lines to back Democratic leaders' plan to consider the three types of funding in one committee, despite GOP rural lawmakers' complaints that such a structure threatens ag programs.


Quote of the week, from Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, who represents suburbs but grew up on a North Dakota farm: "This is a slap against agriculture."


Full Article


Read Rep. Rod Hamilton's (R-Mountain Lake) op-ed piece in the Worthington Globe, Column: Could rural Minnesota be this session's biggest loser?


MTGA-CEAM Poultry Day at the Capitol

Perhaps now more than ever, the Legislature needs to hear from those of us in agriculture. Please join us February 19 for Poultry Day at the Capitol, a joint event for MTGA and CEAM members.  Details & online registration

Social Media: Be Part of the Conversation 
Vilsack to AFBF: 2013 is the Year for Rural America to Rebuild

A large part of the reason Congress did not pass a five-year farm bill is because rural America does not have the political clout it once had, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 2013 National Convention. 


"We have to acknowledge that the political clout that rural America once had, it doesn't have as much today," he said. "It's important to have that conversation on how we rebuild that political capacity and I think we can."  Read more

NPDES Permit Annual Reports Due March 1

Annual report forms for livestock farms with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits are now available on the MPCA feedlot program website. Completed forms are due Thursday, March 1. Links to the form are located on the feedlot program main page and permits and forms webpage.


The report has been revised to include the following two changes:

1)  The time period for the entire report has been changed to a cropping year. The cropping year for this year's report is Sept. 1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2012.

2)  The complete manure application records for all transferred manure are now required to be submitted.


As a result of these changes please ensure the newly revised annual report is used. 

Our Condolences

Our condolences to long-time MTGA member Leonard Doucette and his family on the passing of his wife, Clara Doucette. The family has long been active in the turkey industry and MTGA, and we remember Clara fondly as a member of the Minnesota Gal Gobblers. You can read her complete obituary here.


We also extend our condolences to the family of Richard "Dick" Egan, who passed away last week at the age of 98. Dick started as a field representative for Willmar Poultry Company. He then went on to become an independent turkey farmer in the Melrose Area. Read more here.

Ag-Related Newsletters

Our office receives a myriad of eNewsletters related to agriculture from many of our organizational friends. Here are a few to share with you this week:


MN Agri-Growth Council

Iowa Egg Council's Eggsaminer

U of MN Animal Science Department

Blogs to Check Out

I love to check out blogs to see what people are writing about - especially blogs about farming and agriculture. Here are a couple I found interesting this week:


HSUS or AFBF: Which Would You Consider a Front Group? (by Larry Sailor, an Iowa hog farmer)


(from the blog, High Heels and Shotgun Shells) - This particular post is about a 3-week plan of the meat-eating blogger to go vegan to see what this is like. Not an easy task, as you will see if you read this post! (Note - those on Twitter can follow this adventure via hashtag #DandDGoVegan.)