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Calendar of Events
Chinese Chicken Update
Poultry Day at the Capitol
No Appeal Against Perdue
U of MN Global Food Initiative
Bird Health Awareness Week
Ag Water Quality Certification
News from MN Soybean & MN Corn
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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 


--- Position open: The Minnesota Corn Growers Association, is seeking applications for a Communications Manager, who will develop and maintain relationships with members of the news media; author a variety of materials on behalf of MCGA; and lead or assist in speial events and outreach-related projects. Questions and requests for more details about the position can be directed to Please do note call the MCGA office.


--- USFRA December Newsletter - Below is a link to the December U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance monthly newsletter. The newsletter contains information about USFRA events, projects, results, media coverage, and tools that are available for your use.  Newsletter


--- HSUS supporters tried to infiltrate a Twitter Chat on Tuesday put on by the AgChat Foundation ... the discussion topic was animal welfare/animal care. The entire chat was handled professionally and the animal activists were not able to disrupt the flow of honest, open communication about animal welfare. (On a side note, many of Lara Durben's tweets during the chat about poultry animal care were re-tweeted to nearly 30,000 people!)

Dear , 
The deep freeze continues around here (check out the temps from earlier this week in the Alexandria area!) - but there's some relief in sight by Sunday. I'm sure all this subzero weather makes us that much more hearty, right?

If you're heading to IPPE in Atlanta next week, be on the lookout for staffers Steve Olson and Teresa Sorenson, who will both be attending on behalf of MTGA, CEAM and the Midwest Poultry Federation.

Thanks for reading this week!

US To Inspect Chinese Chicken Companies

The U.S. in late January or early February is scheduled to send agricultural officials to China to inspect poultry-processing plants, a development that could lead to a reversal of a ban on chicken sales to the U.S.


The planned inspections are the result of seven years of negotiations between the two countries aimed at healing a rift in U.S.-China trade relations, possibly clearing the way for the U.S. export of beef to China and the easing of Chinese tariffs that restrict U.S. chicken exports.  Full Report

Legislative Committee Assignments Noted
MTGA/CEAM Lobbyist Bruce Kleven put together a list of legislative committee assignments that are important to note for those of us in agriculture. We emailed this out with a link to the file in the secure section of; however, we know some of you are experiencing log-in difficulties, so we are sharing the file here, as well.


MTGA-CEAM Poultry Day at the Capitol

Please join us February 19 for Poultry Day at the Capitol, a joint event for MTGA and CEAM members.  Details & online registration


In other legislative news, the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council is hosting the 2013 Legislative Reception in partnership with the Minnesota Milk Producers and the Cooperative Network. Event will be January 30 at 317 on Rice Park Event Center in downtown Saint Paul. This event is complimentary to Agri-Growth members (including MTGA/CEAM) so if you are interested in attending, please let us know and we will RSVP you for the reception. (Email or call 763/682-2171)

Environmental Group Not to Pursue Appeal Against Perdue
U of MN President Talks About Global Food Initiative

In the current edition of the University of Minnesota CFANS (College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences) monthly e-newsletter, U of MN President Eric Kaler talks about the U's MNDRIVE legislative proposal which include Global Food as one of their four initiatives.  


President Kaler has presented this proposal to ag leaders on three occasions.  The Global Food initiative will be led by CFANS, School of Public Health and College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). The initiative includes "improving animal well being" component which will be led by the CVM.  


CVM Dean Trevor Ames indicates that this component will include "applied research into positive determinants of health and welfare for livestock to enhance productivity, reduce public health risks and ensure that they are treated as humanely as possible".  Details

USDA Celebrates Bird Health Awareness Week with Free Webinar

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Bird Health Awareness Week, February 24 through March 2, 2013, helps promote healthy practices for raising backyard birds and will include a free webinar, Growing Chicks into Healthy Chickens. This hour-long, online presentation by three poultry experts - taking place February 28 from 2-3 p.m. EST -  will share information and answer questions about buying and raising healthy poultry, and how to keep them free from disease and predators.  Details on the Biosecurity for the Birds Campaign

MDA Listening Session on New Ag Water Quality Certification

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will hold listening sessions at six locations throughout the state in February to gather input on the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program. The new program has been in development over the past year and is designed to accelerate voluntary adoption of on-farm agricultural practices that enhance water quality.


Under the program, farmers would voluntarily implement and maintain approved conservation plans and receive assurance that their operations meet water quality goals and standards. In return, they would not be required to implement additional water quality practices for the duration of their certification.


Details on dates, times, locations

Minnesota Soybean's "The R.E.A.L. Story" 

Check out Minnesota Soybean's email newsletter, which shows that Minnesota soybean farmers were very active throughout the state promoting agriculture. Between hosting Vikings biodiesel tailgating events and promoting a giving campaign through a partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, there were plenty of opportunities to see farmers leaders out and about.  Details


Both Minnesota Corn and Minnesota Soybean are gearing up for its annual "Minnesota Ag Expo" in Mankato, January 27-29.  Details