Genetics vs. Gene Modification: A Useful Tutorial!

One of our allied members, Hendrix- Genetics (which owns Hybrid Turkeys), posted this terrific video showing a great explanation of genetics versus gene modification. Since not all of us are science people around here, we thought you might like to view it too. It’s a quick video that helps dispel a lot of the confusion […]

Minnesota Turkey: A Trusted Source of Information

Recently Fair Oaks Farm – a major dairy and pork agritourism operation in Indiana – was targeted by animal activists. Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance wrote an outstanding blog post for on Fair Oaks Farm’s response, which was exactly right at the exact right time. Hannah wrote: “I’d like to commend Fair […]


Get to know us – We’re UMASH (Note from the blog editor: We thought this would be a great opportunity for you to get to know UMASH and what it does to keep farmers and workers free of injuries. Read on to find out more!) The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is […]

MTGA Welcomes Pam Debele as New Ag Program Specialist / Membership Coordinator

For immediate release Contact:  Lara Durben Phone:     (763) 682-2171  |  E-mail: (Buffalo, MINN) … Pam Debele of St. Michael, Minn., has joined the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) as its Ag Program Specialist and Membership Coordinator. Her first day on the job was January 14. Pam comes to MTGA most recently from the […]

Statement on New Commissioner of Agriculture for Minnesota

Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Statement on Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Appointment The following statement may be attributed to Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Executive Director Steve Olson regarding the appointment of Thom Peterson as Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner. “Congratulations to Thom Peterson on his appointment as Minnesota’s Commissioner of Agriculture. Our organization has enjoyed working […]

Minnesota Turkey Donates 12,350 Pounds of Turkey to Hunger Solutions Minnesota

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Lara Durben, MTGA Communications Director 763/682-2171 or   Buffalo, MN (November 21, 2018) – Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) – the nonprofit organization that represents the state’s turkey farmers and turkey companies – has announced a donation of 12,350 pounds of turkey products to Hunger Solutions Minnesota. President […]

Episode #7 – All About FFA

In this episode, host Steve Olson shares information about FFA – what this organization is and what it means to both the students involved and the communities and schools in which it resides. Listen in as Minnesota State FFA Advisor Joel Larson and National Officer Candidate Katie Benson chat with Steve about all the opportunities […]

Episode #6 – Egg Farmer Bruce Dooyema on World Egg Day and Award-Winning Turkey Chili

In the latest episode of “What The Cluck!”, host Steve Olson is joined by egg farmer Bruce Dooyema from the CenterFresh Egg Group for a discussion about World Egg Day and his company’s involvement in creating opportunities in Mozambique and other countries through egg and chicken farming. Plus, Garrett Doucette from End of the Line Turkey Farm in Swanville, […]

Episode #5 – Logger Bruce Vincent Talks about Embracing Hope, Not Fear, in Rural America

In the latest episode of “What The Cluck!”, host Steve Olson is joined by Bruce Vincent, a logger from Libby, Montana, and also president of Environomics (a public relations community outreach consulting company). They have a lively conversation about several topics that touch rural America – including understanding the rural and urban divide when it comes to misperceptions regarding […]