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United Egg Producers won’t renew MOU with Humane Society

February 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — A major regional egg producer says he’s glad the United Egg Producers won’t renew a Memorandum of Understanding with the Humane Society of the United States, and UEP is ceasing its efforts to pursue federal legislation on national cage …continue reading on

Group wants Brookings to approve chickens

January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

BROOKINGS (AP) — The Brookings City Council on Tuesday will consider whether to change its code to allow residents to keep chickens in town.

The Brookings Register reports that a group of hobbyists wants the city to approve urban chicken-keepi…continue reading on

Relaxed poultry policy excludes most residential properties

May 16, 2013 in South Washington County Bulletin

Council loosened restrictions but still leaves most ineligible to keep chickens or ducks. Continue Reading

Chickens anyone?

September 7, 2012 in Pine Journal

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Chicken vote dies for lack of motion

August 24, 2012 in Pine Journal

When Mayor Bruce Ahlgren called for a motion to change city code to allow chickens at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, there was absolute silence in the council chambers and the matter died for lack of a motion.
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New London, Minn., family raising backyard chickens thanks to new ordinance

June 17, 2012 in West Central Tribune

NEW LONDON Despite being “city folks” without a shred of farming experience, Rick and Char Erickson and their son, Kole Huiras, are now raising egg-laying chickens.
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UEP defends deal with HSUS

February 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Gene Gregory, president and CEO of United Egg Producers, says yes, eggs are a commodity and large producers that sell to big customers such as Wal-Mart need to move across state lines without a patchwork of rules. UEP has made a negotiated deal over cage size with the Humane Society of the United States, for a bill that proponents plan to offer as an amendment to the farm bill. Continue Reading

Four families, in Red River Valley region, run egg and pork grain farms

February 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Baers operate a dozen farming or related entities in the region, either in egg, poultry or general farming, but are most often known for their egg business. Since the early 1980s, Amon has been on the UEP board. The UEP is a dues-paying organization, which is involved in political and policy work. Brother Amos is on the board of the American Egg Board, the check-off branch of the egg business, responsible for research and promotion. Continue Reading

HSUS deal means Congress dictates size of chicken cages

February 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Amon Baer has one thing to say about amendments to the 2012 farm bill where Congress would dictate exactly to the square inch how big his egg laying cages must be. It is part of a deal brokered by the United Egg Producers leaders and the Humane Society of the United States, ostensibly to prevent state-by-state laws that undermine the egg industry.
“Kill it,” Baer says of the proposed law. Continue Reading

Sioux Falls to look at limiting farm animals in town

November 7, 2011 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) Sioux Falls officials are studying possible changes in an ordinance that allows farm animals in the city limits, sparked by complaints that included one resident wanting to keep two goats and one family looking to raise more than 25 chickens.
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