September brings the end of summer, a long holiday weekend (for some of us, anyway), back to school, and National Chicken Month!
Minnesota is in the midst of its fair season, as is the case for many states around the nation. County fairs are happening every week, and we're just a month or so away from our State Fair.
While that ongoing issue continues to be incredibly important, I'm going to switch gears just a little this time and tell you what I'm preparing for this month - my organization's annual trip to Washington, D.C. to talk to our congressional leaders as part of the 2015 National Turkey Federation Summer Leadership Conference.
I've been in a bit of a writing slump the past
several weeks. Sorry about that! I'm not going to lie - with avian flu being
THE top priority in my daily work life with the Minnesota Turkey Growers
Association, I've been more inclined to take a writing break from this when I
get some free time at home.
It's been over two months since the very first Minnesota
turkey farm was tested positive for a highly-pathogenic strain of avian
influenza (HPAI). Since that time, the normal workload at our office (Minnesota
Turkey Growers Association) ground to a halt, and we've focused almost exclusively
on doing what we can to battle the virus and help our farmers through this