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 Gene Dornink of Hayfield and Representative Patricia Mueller of Austin for Poultry Day at the Capitol. For the first time ever, the group of farmers shared their legislative priorities in a virtual setting.
“Our farmers appreciated Dornink and Mueller’s willingness to listen and learn about the challenges faced by our growers every day,” 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. Senator Dornink’s voice on Labor and Agriculture is important to addressing the workforce challenges in our rural economy. We also appreciate Representative Mueller’s voice on education given the challenges some have faced with broadband/internet connectivity. Both are poised to help poultry farmers and our rural economy.
During the meetings with Senator Dornink and Representative Mueller, farmers also expressed their support for the continuation of the Agriculture Research, Education, Extension, and Technology Transfer (AGREETT) Fund at the Department 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.