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 Representatives Dave Baker of Willmar and Tim Miller of Prinsburg for Poultry Day at the Capitol. For the first time ever, the group of farmers shared their legislative priorities in a virtual setting.
“Our turkey farmers value the time Baker and Miller spent listening to their concerns. We look forward to working with them to strengthen the area farm economy,” 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. With Representative Baker serving on the Workforce and Business Development Finance and Policy Committee and Representative Miller serving on the Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee, they pack a punch for addressing turkey farmer’s concerns.
There are 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 Representatives Baker and Miller, 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.