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Women In Ag: Importance of Connecting with Each Other Over Food

Have you heard about the Subway announcement? The restaurant chain announced earlier last week they will only serve meat never treated with antibiotics, starting with a phase-in process in 2016.
The announced caused quite a ruckus on social media as many farmers and those in agriculture wrote blog posts, shared Facebook statuses, and Tweeted about the announcement. Some hated it, some took the opportunity to share how they treat their own animals on their own farms, others declared that Subway was doing what any company would do – trying to get a leg up on its competition. 
Regardless of whether you agree with the announcement or not, it became clear that agriculture’s voice had some impact because Subway issued a clarification of its announcement a few days later. You can read more about that on my personal blog here.
In midst of all this activity last week, I was working on several videos about turkey farming. As I viewed final drafts of videos on bird health, feed and nutrition, manure management, and more, it brought this situation with Subway even closer and reiterated the importance for all of us in agriculture to make sure we’re showing consumers what we do on the farm and why we do it. 
Some of us blog, some of us have Facebook pages or a Twitter account, some of us speak to schools and community groups, some of us have conversations with folks at church. All of this counts for something and helps close the ever-widening gap between consumers and our food production system.
On a personal level, I dislike the fear-over-facts mentality that seems to be gripping marketing departments and social media these days, but ultimately we are all consumers, farmers included, and we must continue to make positive connections with each other so that we all have a better understanding of why the U.S has the safest food supply in the world.
You can view the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association video – “Turkey Tracks: A Focus on Bird Health” - here. I hope you find it useful enough to share with others. 
If you ever have any questions about poultry, please know you are welcome to utilize any of these resources:
Minnesota Turkey Growers Association: website | Facebook | Twitter
Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota: website | Facebook | Twitter
My Other More Exciting Self (my personal blog): website | Facebook | Twitter
National Turkey Federation: website | Facebook | Twitter
National Chicken Council: website | Facebook | Twitter
American Egg Board: website | Facebook | Twitter
Ask the Farmers: website | Facebook | Twitter
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