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God Made A Farmer
Chicken Wings Huge for Super Bowl
Economist Urges RFS Reform
Russia Bans US Turkey
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Calendar of Events

National Turkey Federation Annual Convention
February 13-16, 2013
Loews Coronado Bay
San Diego, CA

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


--- Last day to pre-register for the 2013 Midwest Poultry Federation Convention (March 12-14 in St. Paul) is February 15. Click here to register online.


--- View the latest Animal Agriculture Alliance Newsletter here.


--- Aviagen celebrates 60 years at IPPE in Atlanta last week. 

---  Leon Ramundt, a turkey farmer in Eldora, IA for over 50 years, passed away this week. Our condolences go out to his family and the Iowa turkey industry, which lost a good friend.

--- Nancy Pfeffer, wife of Steve Pfeffer, passed away Monday from a battle with cancer. Many of you may know Steve, who has worked in Minnesota's turkey industry for several decades and is most currently employed with Meschke Turkey Farm. Our condolences go out to Steve and his family.
--- View the latest newsletter of the Minnesota Foundation for Responsible Animal Care here.


Dear , 
Welcome to Friday, folks! We've got staffers going every which way today ... Steve is at the Academy for Sciences & Agriculture (high school) today for a career fair, while both our Teresas are exhibiting at the annual conference for FACS teachers (food and consumer science). Lots of ways to talk turkey, chicken and eggs and the farmers who raise them!

Next week the National Turkey Federation gears up for its annual convention and we will see many of you in San Diego. You can follow the convention on Twitter (hashtag #ntfac13) and Facebook ("like" Turkey The Perfect Protein).
P.S. Because of the NTF Annual Convention, there will be no Wingtips next week. We will resume on February 22.

God Made a Farmer
Super Bowl Commercial 

This week nearly 250 regional, state and national farm, ranch and agribusiness organizations  - including MTGA, CEAM, the National Turkey Federation and the National Chicken Council - sent a heartfelt "thank you" to Chrysler Group Chair and CEO Sergio Marchionne - and his Ram Trucks team - for its outstanding XLVII Super Bowl commercial "So God Made a Farmer." 
The ad kicks off a campaign declaring 2013 "The Year of the Farmer," and features gorgeous still images from ten noted photographers and legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey's recitation of his essay on the virtues of the American farmer, which he originally delivered at a Future Farmers of America conference in 1978. Mr. Harvey passed away in 2009. The commercial got a ton of PR from social media and major media outlets alike.


View letter of thanks here and the video below:



Dodge Ram Trucks Super Bowl Commercial Farmer - God Made A Farmer 2013
Dodge Ram Trucks Super Bowl Commercial Farmer - God Made A Farmer 2013
HumaneWatch also ran a Super Bowl ad alerting folks to deceptive fundraising tactics of the Humane Society of the U.S. and urging people to contribute directly to their local animal shelters instead.

Max the Dog Says: Support Your Local Shelter, not HSUS
Max the Dog Says: Support Your Local Shelter, not HSUS

Chicken Wings Huge for Super Bowl

The National Chicken Council released its "2013 Wing Report" to the media on January 22 and to date, there have been 7,407 unique internet articles, stories and blog posts about "chicken wings." In addition, there have been 1,600 radio and broadcast television news stories about "chicken wings" over that two week span.


The National Chicken Council was interviewed or mentioned specifically in 1,268 of those articles since January 22nd, and NCC reported that about half of those stories mentioned ethanol production as putting a strain on corn and feed prices.


NCC estimates that over 1.2 billion chicken wings were eaten on Super Bowl weekend!

Ag Economist Urges RFS Reform

Dr. Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon LLC, spoke at a media briefing on February 4 on behalf of the National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. According to Elam, the Renewable Fuel Standard is broken, but Congress can fix the rule by acting now and opening an inclusive, robust debate that leads to extensive reform.


Congress in 2005 enacted the first Renewable Fuel Standard which mandated levels of ethanol to be blended with gasoline. In 2007 that ethanol mandate was expanded, and biodiesel was added. The Environmental Protection Agency on January 31 proposed new percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency's Renewable Fuel Standard. The proposal is open for a 45-day public comment period, and the agency will consider feedback before the proposal is finalized.


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Russia Bans US Turkey Over Ractopamine

Russia will ban imports of US turkey because of concerns about the use of feed additive ractopamine, Russia's Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) said in a statement on Monday.


The service will impose a temporary ban on US turkey starting from Feb. 11, it said.


It earlier decided to ban imports of US beef and pork from the same date for the same reason.

A US poultry trade group on Monday said US turkey companies that ship to Russia do not use ractopamine. 


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