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Episode #10 – Thanksgiving Turkey Prep

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!”, host Steve Olson is joined by Master Chef Ron DeSantis from the Hormel Food Corporation. With Thanksgiving around the corner, Chef Ron discusses turkey preparation, food safety and great methods to cook the perfect turkey for your Thanksgiving meal. Lastly, learn Chef Ron’s advice on what to do with delicious turkey leftovers and some of his favorite turkey seasonings.

 

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Episode #9 – Scoop on Poop!

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

In this episode, host Steve Olson is joined by Dr. Melissa Wilson, Assistant Professor of Manure Management and Water Quality at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Sally Noll, an Extension Poultry Specialist from the University of Minnesota, and Paul Kvistad, Vice President of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. The four discuss the importance of manure to farmers and the soil, its nutritional content for crops, manure management, and current and pending manure research.

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Episode #8 – Understanding A Greater Minnesota

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

In this episode, host Steve Olson is joined by Dr. Adam Birr, Executive Director of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and Dave Preisler, CEO of the Minnesota Pork Board. The three discuss A Greater Minnesota; what it’s about, how agriculture impacts all Minnesotans, and how you as a voter can ask your legislators to support Minnesota agriculture. Learn more about AGM at www.farmandfoodmn.org.

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Episode #7 – All About FFA

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

In this episode, host Steve Olson shares information about FFA – what this organization is and what it means to both the students involved and the communities and schools in which it resides. Listen in as Minnesota State FFA Advisor Joel Larson and National Officer Candidate Katie Benson chat with Steve about all the opportunities and programs offered with FFA.

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Episode #6 – Egg Farmer Bruce Dooyema on World Egg Day and Award-Winning Turkey Chili

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!”, host Steve Olson is joined by egg farmer Bruce Dooyema from the CenterFresh Egg Group for a discussion about World Egg Day and his company’s involvement in creating opportunities in Mozambique and other countries through egg and chicken farming. Plus, Garrett Doucette from End of the Line Turkey Farm in Swanville, MN, talks about his experience as the representative from the Midwest in the 2nd Annual Hormel Chili Firehouse Contest in New York City. Garrett’s Creamy Turkey Chili recipe didn’t win the contest but is definitely a winner in our books!

Start a Ripple of Agricultural Change | 2018 AASC

Lettuce, turkeys and a logger share a lot in common when they convene together to discuss the successes and challenges each face as leaders in their industries. These stories and several others were shared at the eighth annual Ag and Animal Science Conference (AASC) at the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar, Minn.

Agriculture and animal science stakeholders across the Midwest heard a collective narrative on the economics of agriculture, what various companies are doing to face today’s agricultural challenges and sharing the story of modern agriculture in a manner that evokes positive change in outside opinions toward agriculture.

The day kicked off with Tony DeLisi from Avalanche Consulting presenting on “Regional Collaboration in Agriculture and Animal Science.” DeLisi discussed the current economics of agriculture and explained how the industry has a greater impact when various groups join forces in collaboration and education as seen in the KC Animal Health Corridor.

AASC Conference \ Minnwest Technology Campus

This year’s theme was storytelling and was filled with various storytellers sharing their company’s history, expansions and where they’re heading into the future. Those who presented include: Natasha Mortenson, Community Relations from Riverview LLP, Kevin Ortenblad, Founder with Lettuce Abound, Kevin Lynch, VP of Operations at Aviagen, and MTGA farmer member Erica Sawatzke, Owner at Oakdale Farm.

AASC Conference \ Minnwest Technology Campus

Mortenson shared the dairy perspective of increasing Riverview’s size while respecting their company mission of teamwork and building personal strengths of their employees. Ortenblad and his family grow aeroponic lettuce that is sold for a premium and discussed the challenges of breaking into the competitive food market. Lynch explained the history of growing and merging companies to create Select Genetics (Aviagen) and some future goals as they continue to be a leader in turkey breeding. Sawatzke shared her family farm’s history, their daily operations and the challenges farming brings each day.

After lunch, a panel discussed “Perspectives on the Value & Impact of Agriculture.” MTGA’s own Lara Durben and farmer member Loren Brey were two of the panelists. A few questions brought to the panel revolved around social media, challenges each faces in their careers and how to be impactful withagricultural messaging.

AASC Conference \ Minnwest Technology Campus

The day concluded with keynote speaker Bruce Vincent President of Environomics who paralleled the challenges faced by the logging industry to agriculture’s modern issues and how the timber industry learned to work with a concerned public through impactful legislation and messaging. Secondly, Vincent shared how activism matters in business. Getting involved locally and starting a ripple of change is the best way to make a lasting difference.

AASC Conference \ Minnwest Technology Campus

AASC is an annual conference held at the Minnwest Technology Campus in Willmar, Minn. The event aims to bring the region’s top agriculture and animal science stakeholders to convene to discuss some of the industry’s most pressing issues. Registration is complimentary for qualifying ag professionals. For information on the 2019 AASC, visit http://www.mnwesttechnology.com/asc/.

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Episode #5 – Logger Bruce Vincent Talks about Embracing Hope, Not Fear, in Rural America

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!”, host Steve Olson is joined by Bruce Vincent, a logger from Libby, Montana, and also president of Environomics (a public relations community outreach consulting company). They have a lively conversation about several topics that touch rural America – including understanding the rural and urban divide when it comes to misperceptions regarding our rural communities and how those of us in agriculture can learn from the loggers when it comes to protecting our environment.

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Podcast Episode #4 – Turkey Farmers Talk About Biosecurity

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!”, host Steve Olson is joined by University of Minnesota extension educator Abby Neu, Ferndale Market owner and turkey farmer John Peterson and Melrose Feed Mill and turkey farmer Jes Westbrock.

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Podcast Episode #3 – Thank a Farmer and MN State Fair

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!”, host Steve Olson interviews Rhonda Ross Swanson, presenter of the “Thank A Farmer” Magic Show as well as an entertainer who has performed on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. Also, there are interviews direct from the 2018 Minnesota State Fair with Minnesota’s Poultry Prince Isaac Dubois, Dr. Dave Wright, a veterinarian at the Miracle of Birth Center, and Michaela Olson, a veterinary student at the University of Minnesota who has a passion for poultry.

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Podcast Episode #2 – Food Safety at the MN State Fair

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

In the 2nd episode of What The Cluck!, host Steve Olson interviews James Noyola from the Minnesota Department of Health about foods and food preparation at the Minnesota State Fair. Also, Steve interviews the owner of Eggstasy, a restaurant that specializes in egg-related menu items.