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Calendar of Events
Promoter of the Year
Ranelius Award
Hugo Medina
MPF Hotel
Turkey Consumption
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Calendar of Events

North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention
December 12-14, 2012
Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND
Contact: Protein Alliance at 1-877-289-8875 or email

National Turkey Federation Annual Convention
February 13-16, 2013
Loews Coronado Bay
San Diego, CA
Contact: Jen Zukowski Dansereau, 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 

Worth the Read
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Odds and Ends


--- USDA/APHIS  will be promoting Bird Health Awareness week from Feb 24 - March 2. They will be presenting a free webinar highlighting the topic. Get more info here. 


--- Agri-Growth has released it's December newsletter. Check it out here.


--- Minnesota Farm Bureau has multiple open positions. You can check them out here.

Dear ,

With the unseasonably warm weather around here lately, I've almost forgotten Christmas is only a few weeks away. Hope your getting in the mood for holiday music, because here it comes.

Have a great weekend!

Promoter of the Year

MTRPC is seeking nominations for the "Promoter of the Year" Award.  The award seeks to encourage and highlight outstanding consumer promotion activities on behalf of Minnesota turkey and turkey products. The award honors individuals and/or entities for encouraging more people to talk turkey, buy turkey and eat turkey in a variety of different ways.


To nominate an individual or entity use the nomination form below and return to MTRPC by January 15th.


Promoter of the Year - Criteria and Recipients

Promoter of the Year - Nomination Form  

Ranelius Award

MTGA is seeking nominations for the Ranelius Award. This annual award is given to someone in Minnesota who has exhibited a lifelong dedication to the turkey industry.


To nominate someone use the nomination form below and return to MTGA by January 15.


Ranelius Award - Past Recipients 

Ranelius Award - Nomination Form 

Death of Dr. Hugo Medina


It is with great sadness we inform you of the death of Dr. Hugo Medina, who's name and work is familiar to many of us in the poultry industry. It was Hugo's wish to have only family present at the service, so there will not be a service open to the public.

Center Fresh Eggs has set up an endowment in his honor, titled the Hugo Medina Scholarship Fund. The fund will be for veterinary medicine students, specifically those looking to work in the poultry industry.

Those wishing to donate should make checks payable to "ISU Foundation". Please mention the Hugo Medina Fund and mail to:

Center Fresh
241 Saint Andrew Way
Sioux Center, IA 51250  
2013 MPF Convention Registration is Open
Registration and hotel reservations opened today for attendees for the 2013 Midwest Poultry Federation (MPF) Convention, and we've seen a ton of activity already. Currently hotel blocks for MPF are sold out for two-night stays, March 12-14 - however, there are a number of back-up hotel options. They are listed on the MPF Website, just click the link and scroll down.

You can fill out a waitlist form (also on the website above) and return to to be considered if hotel rooms open up as we get nearer to the show.

And to register, please click here.

Full Registration Brochure
Increase in per capita turkey consumption is expected in 2012


Information from the USDA:


Per capita consumption of turkey in the United States has declined since 2007-2009, reflecting the impacts of the sluggish domestic economy on demand, and of higher feed and energy costs on domestic production and prices. U.S. turkey production dropped 9 percent between 2008 and 2010, but has recovered gradually during 2011 and 2012.  


Wholesale turkey prices rose 12.8 percent in 2011, but a more modest 3.7 percent increase is forecast for 2012. With higher production and a more moderate price increase in the forecast for 2012, per capita turkey consumption is expected to rise to 16.3 pounds, up slightly from 16.1 pounds in 2011.