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Shelley Irwin Show – Talking Egg Farming with Tim Schipper

Tim Schipper of Schipper Farms joins Michigan Farm Bureau for an interview to talk about egg farming.Michigan Allied Poultry Industries is a producer-led organization that serves and represents over 50 Michigan family-owned poultry farms with more than 15 million...

Michigan egg producers donate more than 5 million eggs in 2018

Michigan Allied Poultry Industry member farms donated more than five million eggs to food pantries, ministries, food drives and families in need in 2018, for a grand total of 419,350 dozen eggs. “Michigan’s family-owned egg farms are a part of our west Michigan and...

MICHIGAN EGG FARMERS PROVIDING VIRTUAL TOURS

Michigan egg producers are giving consumers a look inside their barns as part of National Egg Month this May. Michigan Allied Poultry Industry Executive Director Allison Brink tells Brownfield virtual tours are available on their website. “We recently just put up some...

National Egg Month Celebration at the Critter Barn

ZEELAND, Mich. -- If you didn't know, May is actually National Egg month and Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for egg production. Here in West Michigan, there are a total of 17 family-owned farms with up to 15 million birds. The Critter Barn, 9275 Adams Street in...

Internship program to help meet labor needs for farmers

While farmers struggle nationwide to find farmworkers for labor-intensive specialty crops, many Michigan operations are equally challenged to find qualified candidates to fill more technical and/or management-level positions. A unique partnership between poultry...

Turkey farmers adjust to new consumer trends

ALLENDALE — Upwards of 35,000 tom turkeys circle the floors in several of Rick Sietsema’s Ottawa County barns. As more people consume animal proteins, turkey farmers like Rick are looking at alternative options to diversify offerings — be it ready-to-eat meals or...

PODCAST – Interview with Turkey Farmer Curtis Walcott

Turkey Industry has a $100 million economic impact on Michigan's economy. We talk to Walcott Farms' Curtis Walcott, running the largest turkey farm in Michigan. Listen to the podcast by clicking the source link below. SOURCE: WGVU Michigan Allied Poultry Industries is...

PODCAST – Talking Turkey with Jeff Smith

Morning news anchor Peg McNichol talks with third-generation turkey farmer Jeff Smith. Jeff Smith talks about his family's business, Smiths’ Turkey Farms, and their four-generation relationship to the turkey production business. Fun fact: Ottawa County provides the...

PODCAST – Meet Zack Snider

Meet Zack Snider, a young farmer who raises pigs, turkeys, corn and soybeans with his family in West Michigan. He talks with us about: The most surprising thing about him (spoiler: it’s not far from having a seasonal werewolf running around the house) The difference...

Brink: Help Michigan farms protect our food chain

Michigan’s farmers work hard to ensure the health of the animals we raise to provide nutritious food for our families and yours. And agriculture is important beyond the food we eat. Did you know that the food and agriculture industry contributes $101.2 billion...

West Michigan chefs tour cage-free egg farm

Program provides inside look at Vande Bunte Eggs’ cage-free facilities More than 40 chefs from Zeeland-based Creative Dining Services recently toured Vande Bunte Egg Farm’s cage-free campus as part of their Chef Lab program. The behind-the-scenes tour gave the chefs a...

PODCAST – MAPI’s role in making our Michigan poultry safe

Allison Brink, Executive Director of Michigan Allied Poultry Industries (MAPI) joins host Rebekah Rhys to talk about MAPI's role in making our Michigan poultry safe. MAPI supports poultry farmers (turkey, chicken, and eggs) and educates the public about poultry...

McDonald’s hosts kickoff to ag celebration

March is Michigan Food and Agriculture Month. Michigan Food and Agriculture Month kicked off with a celebration March 1 at the McDonald’s Restaurant at 2829 W. 14 Mile Road in Royal Oak. Jamie Clover Adams, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development...

My Take: Advice for backyard chicken owners

It is great to see interest in poultry and at Michigan Allied Poultry Industries we support anyone who wants to learn more about poultry. I recently read the article “Backyard Chickens: Program allows residents to produce local food” (Sentinel, March 31), with...

Michigan Allied Poultry Industries introduces redesigned website

MiPoultry.com features picturesque images from Michigan poultry farms, improved functionality and enhanced content to share the organization’s mission   Michigan Allied Poultry Industries (MAPI) announced the launch of its redesigned website at its annual Winter...

Poultry industry prepped for next disease outbreak

A spokesperson for the Michigan Allied Poultry Industry says the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza has not gone away. Executive Director Allison Brink tells Brownfield there are still multiple outbreaks with different strains of the disease globally.  “There...

Poultry industry summer internships

HAMILTON, Mich. — Michigan Allied Poultry Industries (MAPI) is seeking college students to participate in its inaugural Summer Internship Program. Michigan’s poultry industry has many opportunities for individuals interested in animal science, farm management, feed...

Michigan Allied Poultry Industries executive director named

Allison Brink, a Michigan-based expert on agronomy, animal agriculture and environmental stewardship has been chosen to lead Michigan Allied Poultry Industries Inc. (MAPI) as its new executive director. “Poultry is a rapidly-changing sector of the...

Michigan poultry laser-focused on biosecurity

Increased biosecurity efforts are protecting against avian influenza outbreaks in Michigan. While Michigan is the nation’s 7th largest producer of eggs and 15th largest turkey producer, the industry has yet to be hit by avian influenza. Rob Knecht, a third generation...

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