URBANDALE, IOWA – The Iowa Poultry Association (IPA) and the Chicken Egg Association of Minnesota (CEAM) announced that the two organizations would merge starting July 1. 

The combined association will be called North Central Poultry Association (NCPA) and reside in Urbandale, Iowa.

“Members from both states will now have full access to the events, communications and industry opportunities of both individual former associations,” said Kevin Stiles, executive director of NCPA.

The newly formed association will have 14 board members with appropriate representation from each state. Both groups directed a merger study committee during late 2021.

In the last two years, IPA managed the day-to-day needs of CEAM. Both association names will continue to exist and may be used for specific outreach in Iowa and Minnesota.

“This merger will allow us to better serve our producers and allied members through streamlining work for the staff of NCPA,” said Craig Rowles, president of IPA. “We are excited to continue our work as a joint association.”

Members from the newly formed organization will gather at the North Central Poultry Association Fall Festival and annual meeting Sept. 20-22 in West Des Moines, Iowa.

“This merger is an exciting time for the poultry and egg industry in our two states,” said Scott Waldner, president of CEAM. “We look forward to our partnership with our friends to the south.”