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Below you will find the results of the MPGA Survey from December 2016

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1. Current goals of the MPGA are: "To provide strong and enlightened leadership, encourage the development of specialty markets, promote husbandry methods and wholesome products, promote sustainable poultry production and to encourage animal care stewardship”. Please select from goals or suggest a new goal (one) that the MPGA can achieve in 2017. 1 through 5 rating.

Ordered by preference or most votes.

  1. provide strong and enlightened leadership (4.25)
  2. promote husbandry methods and wholesome products (3.75)
  3. Promote sustainable poultry production and to encourage animal care stewardship. (3.60)
  4. encourage the development of specialty markets (2.50)
  5. Added Comment: Educational talks, workshops, poultry operation and farm visits and any other hands-on type of events would attract members who are venturing into business.

2. What should the MPGA do in the coming year to meet its goal(s)?

 Continue with current practices, communication, services and membership

 Change current practices, communication, services and membership in a major way

      1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

3. List two strengths of the MPGA association that can be used to achieve the goals and two areas that need to change if the association is to meet its goal(s). (Ordered by strength or change on page 7)

Top strength

Second strength

Most important change

Second most important change

1

  • top strength small but committed group of members
  • most important change Increase number of active members and plan of educational programs

2

  • top strength Board members who are willing to "pitch in"
  • second strength Good ideas but never acted on.
  • most important change Increase membership
  • second most important change Give members something for their $25

3

  • top strength Current group includes some smart people, and some successful poultry growers.
  • most important change It's necessary to narrow the focus of this association and define the target group for membership recruitment. possibly focus on those who grow poultry with a profit motive.
  • second most important change There needs to be a president who can be in office for a couple of years, who can become recognizable as the "face" of MPGA. Dick B was the person previously and he is sorely missed!

4

  • top strength Wealth of knowledge by members
  • second strength Diverse membership
  • most important change Be more active to encourage membership
  • second most important change Be clear about goals and intentions to encourage membership

5

  • top strength committed board
  • most important change improve outreach
  • second most important change improve website

6

  • top strength interest and enthusiasm of poultry
  • second strength recognition of the need for (and role of) an association
  • most important change attracting and keeping active members
  • second most important change adapting association to benefit poultry producers as entrepreneurs

7 –

  • top strength We have infrastructure
  • second strength Core, dedicated members with experience
  • most important change connecting with midsize producers and discovering what they want
  • second most important change delivering content in a dependable and accessible way

8 - NA

4. Is there one role or action you would be willing to take on as your own goal or action that would contribute to the services, membership or sustainability of the association?

Yes, add to comment for this question.

No

Possibly, depending on circumstances qualified below in comments

Other (please specify)

1 Work to increase the membership if the group is supportive of going forward

2) I have offered services in the past as I have a lot of free time during the summer.

3 Possibly, depending on circumstances qualified below in comments

4   Other (please specify) I am happy to organize and promote educational events put on by the MPGA in the Southern Maine area.

5 - continue doing the newsletter

6- Lead discussion on the number of farms in Maine with a poultry enterprise as a part of their operation and how to best interact with them

7 - yearly workshop at the UMaine about poultry health to benefit MPGA

8 - NA

5. What segment of the Maine poultry husbandry market does the association hope to represent and focus on to attract new membership?

 Commercial, industry, for profit, businesses 3, 5, 6 (37.5%)

 Non-commercial poultry raisers

 All poultry raisers 1, 2, 4, 8 (50%)

 Other (please specify) (see 7) (12.5%)

 

1- Primarily the small producer who is working to provide a significant income stream from poultry

 

3- This is the 1000$ question. Bird Fancier clubs are already serving that niche,, so MPGA needn't go after hobby poultry keepers.

 

5- seems like the non commercial folks are having their needs meet by poultry connections

 

7 - Midsize producers who aspire to sustainability

6. What can the MPGA do to better serve its membership? (Check all that apply)

Better use the web page to be the primary way to share information and give members links etc to other resources 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 (75%)

Be a personally (non-internet) interactive technical resource for husbandry, production, management, etc. 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 (62.5%)

Be a resource that helps members operate financially sustainable poultry operations through grants, business management, mentoring, etc. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (75%)

Develop the Maine poultry industry and encourage new people to start raising poultry for personal or professional purposes. 1, 5, 7, 8 (50%)

Be a non-technical association dedicated to poultry for the fanciers or for fun (a club atmosphere)

Other (please specify below) 1, 2, 7 (37.5%)

 

1-The nontechnical action is an option, but I don't think was the original vision

 

3- All of this list other than the last item are good, although I cannot see with current membership how any of these projects will get done. Who has the expertise and time to write grants, business plans, etc? A personal interactive resource can be found in Extension, no group member likely to offer to field calls.

 

5-organize bulk ordering

 

7- Use Extension but don't "be" Extension; fanciers have their own groups but the small to midsize serious producers do not.

7. What is your goal for MPGA membership in 2017? State the number of members needed to make the organization sustainable and one-step the association must take to achieve the membership number.

A. target membership number for sustainability

25, 25, 25, 18, 30, 30, 50, 30 (average ~ 30)

 

B. A must-do step to reach the target membership number

 

1-It is not only the number, but the number of people who are committed to working together to learn from one another

 

2-Increase membership by giving members tangible benefits.

 

3- Provide a service or opportunity that is not available on Facebook, existing poultry clubs, or at local extension office.

 

4-Clearly state goals of the group (mini-strategic plan) and define 3-5 outreach programs that the group will host this year.

 

5- Contact and publicize

 

6 - connect directly with farmers who have poultry enterprises

 

7 - Market (and maybe turn the website over to UMCE)

 

8 - Find what most small growers need in an association

8. How does the MPGA compare to other poultry resources such as the internet, other associations, books, webinars and so forth? (Please add to comments for this question if you wish)

 Better than the available alternative resources

 Are equal to the alternative resources

 Offer less than the alternative resources 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 (71%)

 Offers much less than the available alternative resources 3, 5 (29%)

Other (please specify)

 

1-Currently offers less (because there are so few members), but the potential can rival other resources in the quality of information

 

2- We have had several ideas that would improve the web site but none we even attempted.

 

5- this for backyarders

 

9. The annual membership is $25. What is an example of this dollar value in terms of services provided or potentially provided by the MPGA?

1-If there was an educational program plan/face to face meetings for knowledge exchange, it could be hundreds

2- None

3-No services currently provided, that I'm aware of.

4-Need more outreach such as monthly seasonal tips, and program advertisements

5-very reasonable, if wanting to aim at a more professionally focused membership could be higher.

6 - useful information and network of producers

7 - I have always really enjoyed getting to know other people in Maine who are seriously dedicated to poultry

8 -  Speakers

10. Your chance to make any statement that is not addressed above. And thank you for your time and consideration.

 

1-I think MPGA has to either grow and become more active with more committed members (ie a rebirth, phoenix rising) or disband

 

2- Again, increase membership by providing meaningful services for members. There was a list of ten ideas to increase membership. Many comments on how good some of these ideas were but NONE were given any real consideration.

 

3- Educational talks, workshops, poultry operation and farm visits and any other hands-on type of events would attract members who are venturing into business.

 

4-The goals and intentions of the association need to be clearly stated in order to plan relevant educational programming (If that is a goal of the group)

 

5 -  NA

 

6- NA

 

7 - Thank you for putting this together. I remain convinced that the original goals for the MPGA are worthy. This should be the group that is more serious, studious, and dedicated to sustainable farming versus the fanciers or the micro-farms. I think there is a need, we just need to be better at connecting with it.

 

8 - NA

 


Question 3 ordered by strengths and changes.

 

Top strengths

§  We have infrastructure

§  Interest and enthusiasm of poultry

§  Committed board

§  Wealth of knowledge by members

§  Current group includes some smart people, and some successful poultry growers.

§  Board members who are willing to "pitch in"

§  Small but committed group of members

 

2nd top strengths

§  Core, dedicated members with experience

§  Recognition of the need for (and role of) an association

§  Diverse membership

§  Good ideas but never acted on.

 

Most important changes

§  Connecting with midsize producers and discovering what they want

§  Attracting and keeping active members

§  Improve outreach

§  Be more active to encourage membership

§  It's necessary to narrow the focus of this association and define the target group for membership recruitment. Possibly focus on those who grow poultry with a profit motive.

§  Increase membership

§  Increase number of active members and plan of educational programs

 

2nd most important changes

 

§  Delivering content in a dependable and accessible way

§  Adapting association to benefit poultry producers as entrepreneurs

§  Improve website

§  Be clear about goals and intentions to encourage membership

§  There needs to be a president who can be in office for a couple of years, who can become recognizable as the "face" of MPGA. Dick b was the person previously and he is sorely missed!

§  Give members something for their $25

 

 

 

 




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