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Episode #21: Egg nutrition and education during Easter

What The Cluck! - the podcast of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota

In episode #21 of What The Cluck! Podcast, host Steve Olson is joined by Ashley Richardson, Senior Director of Marketing Communications for the American Egg Board (a check-off organization funded by American egg farmers). The conversation kicks off discussing the Egg Nutrition Center, the Egg Safety Center, and AEB’s iconic brand – the Incredible Egg. Learn how the egg is a nutrition powerhouse at an affordable price point. AEB is involved in several education activities during the year and with Easter coming up, Ashley highlights the 141st annual White House Easter Egg Roll and presenting the 41st Commemorative Egg. Lastly, the two discuss eggs in schools and how AEB works with key influencers including nutritionists and registered dietitians.

Find Easter egg recipes and egg decorating tips at www.incredibleegg.org/Easter.

To learn more about the American Egg Board, go to www.aeb.org
To learn more about their sister site, Incredible Egg, go to www.incredibleegg.org
Or find them on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram

Meet UMASH!

What is UMASH?

Get to know us – We’re UMASH

(Note from the blog editor: We thought this would be a great opportunity for you to get to know UMASH and what it does to keep farmers and workers free of injuries. Read on to find out more!)

The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is all about keeping farmers, farm families, and workers injury free and healthy in their occupation.  The center began in 2011 with funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Here is a brief video, which describes our center and the work that we do.

http://umash.umn.edu/resources/product/umash-video/?

Over the last year UMASH has worked with others on supporting farmers during this low economic time by bringing attention to stress, depression, anxiety and other effects of the downturn.   We have a stress and mental health page on our website dedicated to this purpose.  Here you will find items such as:

  • Farm Safety Check on Stress and Wellness
  • Signs and Symptoms of Stress
  • Helpline numbers
  • Recorded webinars on Cultivating Resiliency (a partner project)
  • Resources from other partners both nationally and in the Midwest

Get to know us more by visiting our website and learning about the additional safety and health resources we offer.  Questions?  Email us at umash@umn.edu or call us at 612.625.8836

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Episode #20: Turkey Genetics Part 2 | Turkey mini-series ep. 3

What The Cluck! - the podcast of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota

In episode #20 of What The Cluck! Podcast, host Steve Olson interviews Paige Rohlf, geneticist and Research & Development Manager for Aviagen Turkeys. The two discuss turkey genetics and the importance of genomics and biotechnology in producing turkey products for consumers. Primary breeders in the turkey industry are committed to researching and investing in science and technology to increase the genetic rate of improvement passed down to commercial turkey populations.

This is the third episode in our first ever “Turkey mini-series” that focuses on different aspects of raising turkeys.

To learn more about Aviagen Turkeys: http://www.aviagenturkeys.us
To learn more about Hendrix Genetics and Hybrid Turkeys (a second, well-known, primary turkey breeding company):
https://www.hendrix-genetics.com/en/animalbreeding/turkey-breeding/
https://www.hybridturkeys.com

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Episode #19: Turkey Genetics Part 1 | Turkey mini-series ep. 2

In episode #19 of What The Cluck! Podcast, host Steve Olson interviews Dr. Owen Willems, Director of R&D for Hendrix Genetics & Hybrid Turkeys. The two discuss turkey genetics from the standpoint of a primary turkey breeding company and the practicality is has on the farm for turkey growers purchasing breeder hens and/or growing out commercial poults. Learn more about the science of how genetics plays a role in the turkey that makes it to your table and the goals for breeding the turkey of the future.

This is the second episode in our first ever “Turkey mini-series” that focuses on different aspects of raising turkeys.

To learn more about:
Hendrix Genetics (primary turkey breeding company): https://www.hendrix-genetics.com/en/animalbreeding/turkey-breeding/
Hybrid Turkeys: https://www.hybridturkeys.com
Turkey Genetics 101 Webinar, created by Hybrid Turkeys & Hendrix Genetics: https://vimeo.com/255432240
Aviagen Turkeys (primary turkey breeding company): http://www.aviagenturkeys.us

What The Cluck! - the podcast of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota

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Episode #18: Turkey Breeders | Turkey mini-series ep. 1

What The Cluck! - the podcast of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota

Have you ever wondered what it takes to own and manage a turkey breeder farm? Episode #18 of What The Cluck! Podcast is all about turkey breeders and the care and precision required to raise these hens for producing poults. Host Steve Olson is joined by Dr. Michelle Behl, Director of Poult Quality for Select Genetics in Willmar, Minn. and Loren “Butch” Brey, owner of Brey Farms in Sleepy Eye, Minn. The three discuss the egg laying process, hatching, incubation and poultry quality.

This is the first episode of six in our first ever “Turkey mini-series” that focuses on different aspects of raising turkeys.

Learn more about turkey breeders and farming at the following links:

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Episode #17: National FFA Week – Celebrating memories & experiences

What The Cluck! - the podcast of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota

Episode #17 of What The Cluck! Podcast is all about celebrating National FFA Week! Host Steve Olson is joined by Protein Alliance owner Jeff Stauffenecker, former Minnesota State FFA officer Pam Debele, and 2018-2019 Minnesota State FFA President Grace Taylor as each conversation shares fond FFA memories and experiences. Learn how FFA positively impacted each guest’s educational background and now influences his/her career path. Don’t forget to promote National FFA Week all over social media this week, February 16-23, using #FFAWeek and #FFAJustOne.

Learn more about…
National FFA Organization: @nationalffawww.ffa.org
Minnesota FFA Association: @mnffawww.mnffa.org
MN FFA Alumni Association: @MNFFAAlumniwww.mnffaalumni.org
FFA Creed: www.ffa.org/about/ffa-creed/

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Episode #16: 2019 MPF Convention and why you need to be there!

What The Cluck! - the podcast of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota

In episode #16 of What The Cluck! Podcast, host Steve Olson interviews MPF Events & Exhibits Manager Teresa Sorenson and long-time MPF attendee and current Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council President, Kim Halvorson. Learn why the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention is a can’t miss event as a poultry grower or processor! As a grower herself, Kim shares about the stellar education program and the value attendees receive from this continuing education, in addition to exploring the MPF exhibit halls and learning about the latest technology to bring back to your flocks and employees. Receive a behind-the-scenes look into the planning that goes into MPF, the maxed out exhibit halls, why Unhatched is a high energy event perfect to cap off your MPF experience, and the Student Careers Program from Teresa. Register today to attend at www.midwestpoultry.com.

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Episode #15 – Leveraging social media and consumer outreach in agriculture

What The Cluck! - the podcast of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota

In the latest episode of What The Cluck! Podcast, host Steve Olson interviews Wanda Patsche, a farm partner in CW Pork, Inc. and Lara Durben, Communications Director for the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota. As social media experts, Wanda and Lara discuss fitting social media into their typical day, tips for managing multiple social media pages and the best way to reach consumers through social media including advice for those aiming to increase social media presence. Additionally, the experts discuss building a social media presence through blogging, videos, and maintaining good relationships with digital followers.

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Episode #14: Hunger Solutions Minnesota – Dedicated to winning Minnesota’s food fight

What The Cluck! - the podcast of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota

In this episode of What The Cluck!, host Steve Olson interviews Colleen Moriarty, Hunger Solutions Minnesota Executive Director. Learn about Hunger Solutions Minnesota, food challenges in Minnesota, the SNAP program, ways to get involved and how the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association supports their on-going needs.

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Statement on New Commissioner of Agriculture for Minnesota

Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Statement on Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Appointment

The following statement may be attributed to Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Executive Director Steve Olson regarding the appointment of Thom Peterson as Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner.

“Congratulations to Thom Peterson on his appointment as Minnesota’s Commissioner of Agriculture. Our organization has enjoyed working with him throughout his years at Minnesota Farmers Union and we know his knowledge of Minnesota agriculture and all that it encompasses will serve our state’s farmers and ranchers well. He is deeply familiar with the many facets of agriculture in Minnesota and his experience working with the legislative process will be an asset to agriculture and Governor-Elect Tim Walz.”