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BY ROY GRABER

Poultry transparency:
Two tales, same passion
Turkey farmer and broiler farmer both embrace transparency,
but in different ways.
Don Steen and Lauren Arbogast are
two distinctly different people.
Steen is a contract turkey grower
in Missouri. Arbogast is a contract
broiler farmer in Virginia.
Steen, a generation older than
Arbogast, is a lifelong farmer who
has picked up his mail in the same
box for his entire life. In addition to
his work as a farmer, he also farmed
at the same time he served as the
director of the Missouri Department
of Agriculture. Arbogast had virtually no prior agricultural experience
until marrying a farmer.
Yet the two have a very common
bond. They love what they do, they
are proud of what they do, and they
are firm believers in transparency to
help provide consumers an accurate
message of what poultry farmers do
and instill confidence in the industry.
The two were panelists during the
session, "Food Transparency Today: A
Dialogue with the Poultry Industry,"
held March 3 at the Annual Meat
Conference in Dallas.

Techniques in transparency
Arbogast, in addition to her work
on the farm, is a schoolteacher. Her

www.heatandcontrol.com Broiler farmer Lauren Arbogast, left, and
turkey farmer Don Steen discuss their experiences with transparency in
poultry production at the 2019 Annual Meat Conference. Roy Graber
family has opened up the farm to field
trips, and she also writes a farm blog
on her "Paint the Town Ag" website.
She hears and reads a wide variety
of questions, and it is important to her
that those questions are answered,
because it wasn't that long ago that she
was wondering the same things.
"Transparency is important to
me," she said. "It was very much
an overlay of cultures, in essence,
when I married onto the farm. I had
to figure this out, and as I figured it
out, I wanted to share it with others."
Whenever possible, she makes
sure it is a two-way conversation and
the dialogue continues.
"I'm going for that relationship.

Longevity is the greatest convincer. To
me, it's not just a tweet or a comment
back and forth," Arbogast said.
For Steen, it was his background
in government work that helped him
gain the appreciation for agriculture.
"I've been in Jefferson City at the
capital for many years in the past.
Policy was important to me. Less
than two percent of the population
live on the farm. It's important for
us, (because) they are so far from the
farm, that we educate the people on
what farming's about," he said. "It's
important for us to get that message
out to the people who aren't familiar
with farming at all, who we are. They
may look to a lot of us as factories,
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Contents
It’s time to consider new poultry transport trailers
Poultry transparency: Two tales, same passion
Salmonella Reading outbreak challenges turkey industry
5 keys for controlling Salmonella on breeder farms
Salmonella prevention requires integrated approach
How to protect turkey flocks from heat stress
A new device for detecting woody breast
Where will chicken belong in the diet of the future?
12 feed antibiotic reduction lessons from EU producers
Is it time to rethink Campylobacter and broiler health?
Product Review
Market Place
Ad Index
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Contents
Poultry USA - May 2019 - It’s time to consider new poultry transport trailers
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Poultry transparency: Two tales, same passion
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Salmonella Reading outbreak challenges turkey industry
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - 5 keys for controlling Salmonella on breeder farms
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Salmonella prevention requires integrated approach
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - How to protect turkey flocks from heat stress
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