Virtual Event Featured Legislative Priorities for Poultry Farmers
BUFFALO, Minn. – The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota (CEAM) met with Senator Gary Dahms (Redwood Falls) and Representatives Chris Swedzinski (Ghent) and Paul Torkelson (Hanska) for Poultry Day at the Capitol. For the first time ever, the group of farmers shared their legislative priorities in a virtual setting.
“What an incredible group of engaging lawmakers. Our farmers really appreciated the questions asked by the legislators and their willingness to listen to our concerns,” said Sarah Anderson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.
Workforce development and research on poultry health topped the list of priorities for the MTGA/CEAM group of poultry farmers. As Chair of Commerce and Vice Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Dahms is poised to strengthen our rural economy. Our turkey growers also appreciated speaking with fellow farmers Torkelson and Swedzinski, who both serve on Tax Policy committees.
Regarding workforce development, there is no shortages of jobs within the turkey industry. MTGA is dedicated to connecting Minnesotans to the wealth of job opportunities within the turkey sector.
During the meetings with Senator Dahms and Representatives Swedzinski and Torkelson, farmers also expressed their support for the continuation of the Agriculture Research, Education, Extension, and Technology Transfer (AGREETT) Fund at theDepartment of Agriculture. This program supports research important to poultry health.
MTGA is a trade association representing over 450 turkey farmers across the state. Many of our growers come from multi-generational family farms. Our organization also represents turkey processors and other industry stakeholders. Together, we advocate for the interests of the Minnesota turkey farmer and industry as a whole.