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Calendar of Events
CEAM Debuts Website!
Poultry Day at the Capitol
Food Costs for Families on the Rise
Alltech Poultry Photo Contest
Sparboe to Fill the Truck
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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 

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Odds and Ends


--- 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 


--- MTGA staffer Lara Durben started her own blog late last fall - it's a mix of personal stories and her life as "MN's Gobble Gal" (or, as the boss would like to say, the "Poultry Princess of Facebook"!) Her blog has been viewed by people all over the U.S. and in 12 international countries to date. This week, she decided to write about the myth that turkeys and chickens are fed growth hormones and steroids. Check it out

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It's been an exciting week for CEAM, as we debuted the organization's very first stand-alone website! Check out the details below.
We're also knee deep in the planning process for several events - the MTGA Board Retreat,  Poultry Day at the Capitol and the Midwest show, to name a few.
Sounds like our mini "heat wave" in Minnesota this week is about over - it's going to get cold again this weekend. Hope you all stay warm and safe. Thanks for reading!
CEAM Debuts New Website!
CEAM website screen shot

CEAM was excited this week to officially debut its very own website, The website includes sections with information on Minnesota's chicken and egg farmers, nutrition and recipes, poultry facts and figures, and a special secure area for its own members. CEAM staff worked closely with the crew at communications firm CMA to develop the website and we're quite pleased with the results. 


CEAM received some great media coverage of the debut, including these links below and via Facebook and Twitter - thanks to all who posted our information and/or retweeted our press release!


Feedstuffs FoodLink


Be sure to check the new website out and feel free to let us know what you think!


Along with the new website, CEAM also can be found on both Facebook ( and Twitter ( or @mnchicken.) Note: you do NOT have to be a member of Facebook or Twitter to view our pages and see what we're up to on social media. 
Legislators Now in Session; Poultry Day at the Capitol in February

Minnesota legislators went back to work this week, including many newly elected officials who are learning the ropes this winter. What does this mean for MTGA and CEAM members? It means we need your voice at the Capitol! 


Please plan to join us for Poultry Day at the Capitol on February 19. Details and online registration are available at the link below - and please contact us with any questions you may have about this important event!


Details and online registration

Increased Food Costs Due to US Ethanol Policy are Eating Family Budgets 

A new study released yesterday demonstrates the dramatic change in U.S. food affordability trends since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) came into being in 2005.  Dr. Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon, LCC, the study's author, shows that compared to long term trends, in 2012 the average family of four saw about a $2,000 increase in food costs, meaning that for the first time since the 1970s, food is becoming less affordable. Full press release via the National Chicken Council 

Alltech Announces Farms in Focus Photo Contest during IPPE

Ready to show the world what the poultry 

industry looks like to you? Here is your chance!


Alltech is partnering with producers, students, and farm families everywhere to show the world our Farms in Focus. Simply take a photo of what the poultry industry looks like to you. Sign up and upload your photo by Wednesday, January 23.


Then, get your friends to vote for your photo during International Poultry Expo. Voting opens Friday, January 25 at 12:00 PM EST and closes on Thursday, January 31 at 3:00 PM EST. Winners with the most votes receive $200 (first place), $100 (second place) and $50 (third place).


Contest Details & Submit Your Photos

Sparboe Farms Partners with Fareway Foods To Fill the Truck

Beginning on January 8th, 2013, with any size carton of Sparboe Farms eggs purchased at any Fareway store, Sparboe Farms will donate eggs through the Iowa Food Bank Association, which supports many of the communities where Fareway has stores. The goal is to fill an entire semi-truck with eggs - that is nearly 20,000 dozen eggs!


Many local families are unable to feed their families fresh food, especially in the winter months. Fresh eggs are a low cost, high value source of protein, providing healthy nutrition and, with a low glycemic index, they help you feel fuller longer.


Giving back to the community is a core value for both Sparboe Farms and Fareway Stores. They are excited to work together to feed so many families.


Find more information at,, or on these company's respective Facebook pages.