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2007 MLWP Annual Conference Set for Rochester

The 2007 MLWP annual Conference and trade show will be held Dec. 7-8 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in Rochester. The theme is Planning for the Future.

The MLWP Board of Directors is still in the process of lining up topics and speakers. There will be presentations on Livestock Risk Protection for Lambs (LRP-Lamb), the new NRC Nutrient Requirements for Sheep, Stress Management During Lambing, Ag in the Classroom, Scrapie, and much more. A detailed agenda will be available in a future issue of the newsletter.

We have had several excellent suggestions so far. If you have ideas for additional speakers and/or topics you’d like to see, contact Jeremy Geske at jgeske@fbmn.org or 952- 758-7938; or talk to your regional director.

Again this year, the Make It With Wool (MIWW) competition will be held on Saturday in conjunction with the annual conference. For more details on the MIWW contest, visit www.mlwp.org, or contact Glenette Sperry at gtsperry@peoplepc.com or 651-257-0827.

Other conference highlights include: The Friday night Banquet (with entertainment) and fundraiser auction, Saturday’s Silver Bell Luncheon, and the trade show.

“The annual conference is a great time for sheep producers to come together, have a little fun, and maybe even learn a thing or two,” said MLWP President Jeremy Geske. “There are sessions for beginning and experienced producers. Its also the perfect time for members to provide input on how the organization can better serve the sheep industry in Minnesota.”

MN Farm & Food Coalition hires Sammon

The Minnesota Farm and Food Coalition (MFFC) announced that Tara Sammon has been hired as their animal agriculture specialist. Her first day on the job will be June 1. She will assume the duties for Jennifer Russell who is departing for an opportunity in her home state of Wisconsin.

"I look forward to beginning my new position as the animal agriculture specialist,” said Sammon. “The position will offer many new challenges and the opportunity to work with producers, as well as, build knowledge statewide of the importance of animal agriculture to Minnesota.”

Sammon joins MFFC after working as the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation southeast area program director since 2003. She recently received her Masters degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Her Bachelors degree is in applied economics with a marketing emphasis and a minor in animal science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (U of M). Sammon also serves as a coach for the U of M dairy judging team. She was raised on a hog, crop and dairy farm near Faribault.

Sammon will provide assistance to livestock and poultry producers in Minnesota in addressing issues of concern, such as land use planning/permitting, environmental regulations and building relationships with neighbors, the local community and permitting agencies.

The MFFC, made up of Minnesota agricultural organizations, is dedicated to strengthening rural communities and the agricultural industry by proactively supporting Minnesota farmers as they make responsible changes to their

farms.

For more information on the Minnesota Farm and Food Coalition visit mnfarmandfood.org or to contact Sammon call 507-330-3927.

Tara Sammon

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