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Minnesota Turkey Ushers in Thanksgiving with Donation to Hunger Solutions, Visit with Governor Dayton

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Contact:
Lara Durben, MTGA Communications Director
763/682-2171, cell 612/554-0920 or ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

A Brother from the National Thanksgiving Turkey Flock Makes an Appearance

St. Paul, MN (November 17, 2017) – Governor Mark Dayton continued the time-honored tradition – dating back to the 1940s – of kicking off the Thanksgiving holiday with the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council (MTRPC) at the State Capitol today. Also in special attendance was a tom (male) turkey, raised as part of the National Thanksgiving Turkey Flock near Alexandria, MN.

“Thanksgiving is a day for all of us to share with our families and friends, and to give thanks for our blessings,”said Governor Mark Dayton. “This Thanksgiving, I encourage all Minnesotans to serve Minnesota-grown turkeys.”

At the event, MTRPC President Kim Halvorson announced the donation of approximately $11,000 to Hunger Solutions Minnesota (HSM), which will go toward the purchase of turkey products to be distributed to food shelves and food banks across the state.

“Thanksgiving has always been a special holiday for Minnesota’s turkey farmers – all about tradition. And today, I am grateful to be able to announce that the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association is continuing our tradition of donating turkey to Hunger Solutions Minnesota,” said Halvorson.

“Many Minnesota families don’t have a warm home and big dinner to look forward to on Thanksgiving,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “There are more than 3 million visits to food shelves in Minnesota every year. Volunteering or making a donation to Hunger Solutions Minnesota is a great way to help. I’m grateful to Hunger Solutions and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association for their hard work and generosity this season, and every time of year.”

Kim Halvorson and her son raise about 100,000 turkeys on their farm near Morristown each year. They also own and operate Bio Wood Processing, which recycles and reuses discarded wood product, and HF Applications, which brokers, sells and agrinomically applies nutrient-rich turkey litter (made up of bedding product combined with manure) to area farm fields.

Since 2001, MTGA has donated approximately 274,000 pounds of turkey to various areas of the state, which will feed 342,500 people in Minnesota. That’s enough turkey to feed Halvorson’s home county (Rice County) five times over.

These funds have been raised from contributions by Minnesota’s turkey farmers and MTGA allied members as well as a portion of the sales from MTGA’s Turkey To Go restaurant at the Minnesota State.

HSM, a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota, will coordinate the purchase and distribution of the turkey. One in five Minnesota families struggles

to put healthy meals on their tables.  The need for emergency food relief continues to be a problem in Minnesota even as our economy has improved.

MTGA/MTRPC Executive Director Steve Olson also spoke about the National Thanksgiving Turkey and his Alternate, which were raised in Minnesota by Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg and will be traveling to the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony at the White House next week.

Said Olson: “Carl Wittenburg is the current Chairman of the National Turkey Federation and it’s his privilege to raise this special flock. 2017 marks the 13th time over the past 70 years that Minnesota has provided turkeys for the National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony.”

This year, the Wittenburgs were delighted to have enthusiastic help from five young ladies of Douglas County 4-H. Minnesota 4-H is part of University of Minnesota. All five Douglas County 4-H members worked together on a Science of Agriculture Challenge project that evaluated several turkey bedding types for effectiveness and turkey comfort – all under the guidance of turkey farmers Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg. After they completed that project, they got to work helping to raise and train the National Thanksgiving Turkey flock, essentially getting them ready for the excitement of the National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony at the White House.

One of the Douglas County 4-H members – Katie Kent of Alexandria, had this to say about her experience: “This entire project – including our trip to Washington DC – will be a lifelong memory for all of us, and the skills we have learned along the way will benefit us in countless ways.

Approximately 450 turkey family farmers from Minnesota raise about 46 million birds annually. Minnesota remains steadfast at the #1 position in the U.S. for turkey production.
Current U.S. turkey production stands at 228 million this year – which means Minnesota farmers raise nearly 20% of all U.S. turkeys. Approximately 95% of all Americans will eat turkey at Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation.

MTGA was founded in 1939. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. and is also home to three successful turkey processing companies – Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar, Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls, and Turkey Valley Farms in Marshall. These companies collectively have created over 2,000 turkey products for the consumer and foodservice markets that are shipped across the country and the world.

Each turkey raised in Minnesota brings $17.46 in economic value to the state – which means Minnesota’s turkeys and the farmers who raise them generate over $800 million in economic activity for the state.

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About MTGA
The MTGA, founded in 1939 and located in Buffalo, MN, is a nonprofit association dedicated to fostering a successful Minnesota turkey industry and its ability to make positive contributions to consumers, the economy, the environment and its members. Minnesota is currently ranked #1 for turkey production in the U.S. with its 250 turkey farmers raising an estimated 46 million turkeys in 2013. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further information, visit http://www.minnesotaturkey.com/www.minnesotaturkey.com or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey and Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey).

About Hunger Solutions Minnesota
Hunger Solutions Minnesota works to end hunger by advancing fair nutrition policy and guiding grassroots advocacy
on behalf of hungry Minnesotans and the diverse groups that serve them. We connect Minnesota’s food shelves and
hunger-relief organizations with the necessary funding, technical assistance and logistical support to reach thousands
of Minnesota individuals, families and children in need. Our work is made possible through the generous support
of donors across the country; each sharing our commitment to ensuring no Minnesotan will struggle with food
insecurity alone. For further information, visit www.hungersolutions.org/, on Twitter @hungersolutions or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/HungerSolutionsMinnesota

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Minnesota Turkey Launches 3rd “Day in the Life of a Turkey Farmer” Video

Video focuses on Where the Turkey Life Cycle Begins – On a Breeder Farm

(BUFFALO, MN) – Minnesota turkey grower Loren Brey of Brey Farms was recently featured in “A Day in the Life of a Turkey Farmer” video. This video is part of a series of videos created and published by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) as an effort to promote and educate consumers about the turkey industry. These videos provide an insightful view into the life of a turkey farmer – the challenges and joys of raising turkeys in Minnesota.

Said Steve Olson, MTGA Executive Director: “Transparency is important to many consumers – they want to know where their food comes from, how it’s grown and how it’s processed. Tours of poultry farms are limited due to biosecurity practices that are implemented to protect flock health. To get around this obstacle, the MTGA has put out these videos on their website to provide the public the opportunity to look inside a turkey barn.”

Brey is one of the 450 turkey farmers in the state of Minnesota, and he was thrilled to be able to share his family’s turkey farm on the video. “This is my 30th year in the turkey business. I started picking eggs from the previous owner…and then eventually purchased the farm. It was an honor for me to share my family’s story and life on our farm in this video,” said Brey.

Minnesota ranks number one in turkey production in the United States, producing around 46 million turkeys per year. Turkey farms like Brey’s are where the turkey life cycle begins.

Even though all farms may look different from each other, all farmers pay close attention to bird health. In the video, Brey explains the different practices on his farm to maintain bird health – from biosecurity, barn temperature, ventilation, nutrition, and much more. Farmers go to great measures to ensure good health and well-being of their birds to produce a safe product for consumers.

“As you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal this year, be sure to remember that it may be a Minnesota turkey farmer that helped get the turkey to your table!” said Olson.

Brey’s video can be viewed on MinnesotaTurkey.com or YouTube.
Learn more about Minnesota turkey farm families at MinnesotaTurkey.com.

About MTGA
The MTGA, founded in 1939 and located in Buffalo, MN, is a nonprofit association dedicated to fostering a successful Minnesota turkey industry and its ability to make positive contributions to consumers, the economy, the environment and its members. Minnesota is currently ranked #1 for turkey production in the U.S. with its 450 turkey farmers raising an estimated 46 million turkeys in 2017. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S.

For further information, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey and Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey).

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Turkeys from National Thanksgiving Flock to Visit Twin Cities Schools

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR NOVEMBER 14, 2017

Contacts:
Nicole Krumrie, 763-682-2171 or nkrumrie@minnesotaturkey.com
Lara Durben, 612-554-0920 or ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

Twin Cities Students “Flock” to See Turkeys from the National Thanksgiving Flock

What: National Thanksgiving Turkey Flock Members Visit Twin Cities Students

When: November 14, 2018

Where:
• Kaposia Education Center
o 1225 1st Ave S, South St. Paul, MN 55075
o 9am-10am
o Presenting to five 4th grade classes (137 students)

• Cedar Riverside Community Schools
o 1610 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55454
o 12pm-1pm
o Presenting to 4th and 5th grade classes (34 students)

Details:
• The Minnesota Turkey Growers will be bringing a turkey from the National Thanksgiving Flock to two schools in the Twin Cities to teach students about the tradition of the National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony at the White House, help them learn more about Minnesota’s turkey farmers, and share with them what the Minnesota 4-H program is all about.
• Each year, two turkeys travel to Washington D.C. – one serves as the National Thanksgiving Turkey and the other as his Alternate. The turkey that will visit the schools is a brother to these two birds.
• The National Thanksgiving Turkey is part of a flock that is being raised in Alexandria, MN by the Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg. Carl is the current chairman of the National Turkey Federation and also a Minnesota Turkey Growers Association member.
• 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony.

Interview/Photo/Video Opportunities:
• Steve Olson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
• 4-H members from the Alexandria, Minn., area who are assisting with the training the birds
• Kaposia and Cedar Riverside students

More Information about the National Thanksgiving Flock:
www.minnesotaturkey.com/presidentialturkey
Facebook  |  Instagram – @MinnesotaTurkey  | Snapchat – MinnesotaTurkey

RSVP your attendance to:
Nicole Krumrie, 763-682-2171 or nkrumrie@minnesotaturkey.com

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National Thanksgiving Turkey and Its Alternate Coming from Alexandria!

PRESS RELEASE

(Buffalo, MN) – November is always a busy month for Minnesota’s turkey farmers, which are ranked #1 for turkey production in the U.S. This year, however, will place an even bigger spotlight on Minnesota as the National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his wife, Sharlene, from Alexandria, Minn., have been officially invited to bring two turkeys to Washington DC for the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey event at the White House. Their special flock hatched in late June and now the Wittenburgs have about 20 turkeys vying for the privilege of traveling to Washington DC.

A video introducing the Wittenburgs and their family history in the turkey industry – both Carl and Sharlene grew up on turkey farms in Minnesota and North Dakota – can be viewed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/OPIBTL4-gys.

Today, the couple raises about 100,000 turkeys on their family farm in Wyndmere, North Dakota, while also running a business – Protein Alliance –  for brokering a variety of proteins (including turkey), living in Alexandria, and raising their three sons.

Partnering with Minnesota 4-H

An exciting component of this project is the fact that the Wittenburgs are working with five 4-H members from Douglas County. The high school students are visiting the flock regularly to help the birds get used to people coming and going, noises, music, and so forth. None of the 4-H members had experience working with turkeys before they met the Wittenburgs and participated in a special project for the Science of Agriculture program via Minnesota 4-H last spring. That project placed 2nd in state and now the 4-H members are utilizing their knowledge of turkeys to help get the birds ready for Washington DC.

“We’re so excited to provide such an amazing national platform to showcase Minnesota’s 4-H program, which is an excellent leadership program for kids of all ages” said Carl Wittenburg. “Douglas County is the birthplace of Minnesota 4-H so this was a natural fit for us.”

You can follow along with all the fun on MinnesotaTurkey.com’s website, which has a special National Thanksgiving Turkey section that includes photos, videos, activities for kids, and resources for parents/teachers. The following social media platforms will also be a great place to catch the latest photos and fun events:

Special Events

Coming November 16 is a special Facebook Live virtual tour (starting at 10 am CST) with the Presidential Flock, the Wittenburgs, and the 4-H members. Cosponsored by Minnesota Turkey and Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom, the event is open to anyone – just visit Facebook.com/minnesotaturkey for event details.

“The Facebook Live event will be the perfect opportunity for classrooms to participate and show students the National Thanksgiving Turkey Flock while they learn more about turkey farming in Minnesota. Plus there will be plenty of time ask questions during the event,” said Steve Olson, Executive Director, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. “The event is open to anyone with an interest in turkey farming and the National Thanksgiving Turkey project – the more the merrier!”

One of the brothers of the National Thanksgiving Turkey flock will also be at the State Capitol on Friday, November 17 for Minnesota Turkey’s annual Thanksgiving presentation with Governor Mark Dayton.

Name Those Turkeys!

Everyone can also get involved in the Presidential Turkey Naming Contest on the website – visit between now and November 10 and submit your name suggestions for the two turkeys going to Washington DC. We will compile the most popular sets and give them to the White House for consideration.

The official hashtag for the National Thanksgiving Turkey project is #PresidentialTurkey.

About MTGA

The MTGA, founded in 1939 and located in Buffalo, MN, is a nonprofit association dedicated to fostering a successful Minnesota turkey industry and its ability to make positive contributions to consumers, the economy, the environment and its members. Minnesota is currently ranked #1 for turkey production in the U.S. with its 450 turkey farmers raising an estimated 46 million turkeys in 2017. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers – from 1st to 6thgeneration farm families – of any state in the U.S. For further information, visithttp://www.minnesotaturkey.com/www.minnesotaturkey.com or find us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey, Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey), Pinterest (@MinnesotaTurkey), Snapchat (MinnesotaTurkey), and Instagram (@MinnesotaTurkey).

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Kick-Off to the National Thanksgiving Turkey’s Road to White House

What:

Minnesota expects an invitation from the White House to bring two turkeys to Washington DC the week of Thanksgiving for the annual Presidential pardon. The invitation hasn’t officially been sent yet, but we anticipate that it will come later this fall. We are kicking off the “Road to the White House” at the Minnesota State Fair.

Who:

2017 National Turkey Federation (NTF) Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his wife, Sharlene Wittenburg of Alexandria, Minn. are raising the Presidential flock. Five 4-H members from Douglas County are assisting with the project, helping to train the turkeys to become accustomed to light, noises, music, and people.

When:

Saturday, August 26 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
4-H Exhibits Building; STEM Center – State Fairgrounds

What:

The Wittenburgs along with the five 4-H members and Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council’s (MTRPC) Executive Director Steve Olson will be available for interviews regarding the kick-off to the White House. The 4-H members can also talk about how they were chosen to assist with this project – through their participation in the Minnesota 4-H “Science of Ag” Contest, in which they won second place.

A table will be set up in the 4-H Exhibits Building with information on how the public can follow along with the flock this fall via the MinnesotaTurkey.com website and several social media platforms.

Fun Facts:

4-H

  • 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S.
  • The concept of 4-H is encouraging youth to “learn by doing”, through project areas such as agriculture, science, health, and citizenship.
    • Leadership development is a key aspect of the 4-H program.
  • In Minnesota, over 67,000 youth are active in 4-H.
  • Douglas County is the birthplace of Minnesota’s 4-H program.

Presidential Turkey

  • 2017 marks the 70th anniversary that turkey farmers across the United States have presented a turkey to the President of the United States at Thanksgiving time.
  • The National Turkey Federation (NTF) presented the first turkey to President Harry S. Truman in 1947.
  • Early National Thanksgiving Turkeys were destined for a dinner plate until President George H.W. Bush began the official tradition of pardoning the turkey in 1989.
  • Minnesota has had 12 people serve as the National Turkey Federation Chairman – and present a turkey to a President – since the NTF’s inception and 2017 will mark the 13th NTF Chairman from Minnesota to do so.

Turkey Farming

  • Minnesota ranks #1 in United States for turkey production – with 450 family farmers raising 46 million turkeys on 600 farms across the state.
  • Minnesota has more independent turkey farmers than any other state in the U.S. Many of these farmers come from 4th, 5th, and even 6th generation farm families.

Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA)

  • The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA), established in 1939, represents the 450 farms and farm families who raise 46 million turkeys annually.
  • Minnesota turkey farms are family – and often have been in the family for 4, 5, and even 6th generations.

National Turkey Federation (NTF)

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) strives to support, grow, and promote turkey across the United States.

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17 Fun Facts for 2017: Minnesota Turkey & Turkey To Go Concession

Contact:                                                                                            

Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council

Ph: 763/682-2171 (office) or 612/554-0920 (cell)

ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

  1. Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 59 years (since 1958). Our State Fair concession stand, Turkey To Go, is known for its signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich and Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks.
  2. We’re offering TWO new products this year at Turkey To Go – meaty, juicy, mouth-watering Turkey Ribs and Turkey to Go by the Pound (frozen and ready to take home)!
  3. Our menu:
  • Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich ($7.75)
  • NEW in 2017 Turkey Ribs ($7.75) – Flavors include original, sweet glazed, or buffalo
  • Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumstick (Original, Sweet Glazed & Buffalo – $8.75)
  • NEW in 2017 Turkey by the Pound – Frozen Turkey To Go product that you can take home with you! ($16.75 per pound)
  • Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich – Our signature Turkey To Go product, an egg, and slice of American cheese on a bun ($7.75 or add optional turkey bacon for an additional $1.00)
  • Toppings: bleu cheese & buffalo sauce; brie & cranberry sauce; and crispy chopped bacon & sweet glaze ($2.50)
  1. A portion of every sale goes to Hunger Solutions Minnesota. Since 2008, TTG has donated over $58,000.
  2. Turkey To Go is located next to the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand (1256 Clough Street).
  3. Turkey To Go was named the People’s Choice Award for “Best Food or Beverage” at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair!
  4. Turkey to Go by the numbers:
  • We expect to cook approximately 39,500 pounds of turkey at Turkey To Go this.
  • From 2011-2016, Turkey To Go sold a total of 281,309 Giant Juicy Turkey sandwiches and 64,026 Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks!
  1. Our Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich (eaten without the bun) and Jumbo Turkey Drumstick are gluten-free.
  2. Don’t forget about our breakfast sandwich, which debuted in 2015 – the “Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich” that includes our famous Turkey To Go pulled turkey, an egg, slice of American cheese on choice of bun Turkey bacon can also be added for an additional $1.00.
  3. Turkey To Go also has locations at Target Field. Up-to-date location information can be found at twitter.com/turkeytogo or visit www.turkeytogo.com for details.
    • Target Field – Turkey To Go is behind home plate between sections 112 and 113 as well as outside Section 318.
  4. Turkeys raised in the U.S. are free of added hormones and steroids. In fact, there are no hormones or steroids approved for use in turkey production in the U.S. (and there hasn’t been since the 1950s) and they aren’t needed.
  5. Minnesota is ranked #1 for turkey production, processing, and hatching in the U.S. and is home to 450 turkey farmers who raise approximately 46 million turkeys annually on 600 farms. Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of our turkey producers are 4th, 5th, and 6th generation farmers.
  6. MTGA was formed in 1939 as a nonprofit trade association dedicated to fostering a successful turkey industry. Today MTGA and its sister organization, Minnesota Turkey Research Promotion Council work on behalf of Minnesota’s turkey industry in the areas of research, promotion, public relations, issues management, education and government affairs.
  7. Nutritionally, turkey has more protein than chicken or beef – plus fewer calories with zero trans- and saturated fat.
  8. MTGA’s Web site – minnesotaturkey.com – features links to turkey recipes for consumers and the foodservice industry. We also have recipes at our State Fair booth in the Dairy Building.
  9. Producing a quality, nutritious and safe product is the top priority for turkey farmers as well as turkey processing companies, which follow USDA guidelines for food safety. Consumers, too, need to do their part to ensure that turkey is handled properly in the kitchen and cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F., as measured by a food thermometer.

Find us on the Web at com or MinnesotaTurkey.com and on social media:

Facebook – facebook.com/TurkeyToGo and facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey

Twitter – @TurkeyToGo and @MinnesotaTurkey

Pinterest – pinterest.com/MinnesotaTurkey

Instagram – @TurkeyToGo and @MinnesotaTurkey

 

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Turkey To Go Debuts Turkey Ribs at the Minnesota State Fair

Contact:                                                                                            

  • Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council
  • Ph: 763/682-2171 (office) or 612/554-0920 (cell)
  • ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

 

(Buffalo, MN) … Turkey To Go, the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association’s (MTGA) food stand at the Minnesota State Fair, will debut a brand-new product to its menu at this year’s fair – turkey ribs!

These ribs are meaty, tender, juicy, and so flavorful – everything you would expect from the turkey experts at Turkey To Go. The ribs – which feature all white meat – will sell for $7.75 per serving and comes in three flavor choices – original, sweet glazed, and buffalo.

“We’re very excited to debut turkey ribs at the Minnesota State Fair,” said MTGA Executive Director Steve Olson. “These ribs definitely offer a unique turkey product to fairgoers that is simply mouth-watering with every bite.”

The turkey ribs will complement a menu wholly focused on turkey – from the signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich and Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks to the Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich.

Another new offering this year will be Turkey To Go by the pound. Fairgoers will be able to purchase the signature Turkey to Go meat in frozen one-pound bags to easily enjoy at home!

“Turkey To Go by the pound is the ultimate way to bring a taste of the Minnesota State Fair – and Minnesota  turkey – back home with you,” said Olson. “Just stop by Turkey To Go on your way out of the fairgrounds to purchase a bag or two.”

Turkey To Go by the pound will sell for $16.95 per pound.

About Turkey To Go

Turkey To Go concession at the Minnesota State Fair is located at 1256 Clough Avenue, next door to the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand. Turkey To Go is owned by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, which has had a food stand at the Minnesota State Fair since 1958.

Turkey To Go’s Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich comes in its original version or a gigantic half-pound option. The concession stand also serves up its popular roasted turkey drumsticks. Topping choices for these items include: bleu cheese crumbles and buffalo sauce; brie cheese and cranberry sauce; and crispy chopped bacon and sweet glaze. The food stand also serves up its Tasty Turkey Sunrise Sandwich featuring its signature Turkey To Go product, egg, and cheese on a bun – with the option to add turkey bacon as well.

In addition to its location at the Minnesota State Fair, Turkey To Go has two locations in Target Field during Minnesota Twins’ home games (between sections 112-113 and also in 318).

Fans can find Turkey To Go on Facebook (www.facebook.com/turkeytogo), Twitter (@TurkeyToGo), and at www.turkeytogo.com.

About Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA)

MTGA is a nonprofit trade organization that began in 1939 with a mission to foster a successful turkey industry in Minnesota. The state ranks #1 for turkey production and processing in the U.S. with its 450 turkey farmers raising approximately 46 million turkeys annually. Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of these turkey producers are 4rd, 5th and even 6th generation farmers. For more information, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com or www.facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey.  You can also find Minnesota Turkey on Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/MinnesotaTurkey), and Instagram (@MinnesotaTurkey).

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Editor’s note: High resolution photos of the turkey ribs and Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich are available by request; please email ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com.)

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MTGA Announces 2017 Allied Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

For Immediate Release (6/30/17)

Contact: Lara Durben

Communications & Assistant Executive Director

Minnesota Turkey Growers Association

(763) 682-2171  |  ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com]

 

 (BUFFALO, MN) – The late Dr. Marshall Kim Brinton was honored at the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) annual Summer Conference, which was held in Breezy Point, Minnesota, June 21-23 2017. The 2017 MTGA Allied Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Brinton in honor of his contributions and service to the poultry industry throughout his lifetime.

MTGA Allied Committee member Doug Dorn of AgCountry Farm Credit Services presented the award to Brinton’s father, Gene, Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the annual reception.

Brinton was born February 26, 1954 in Story City, Iowa to Gene and Nola Brinton. He attended school in Ellsworth and South Hamilton, Iowa, and graduated from Willmar High School in 1972 after the family moved to Eagle Lake in 1968. He later attended the University of Minnesota and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1983.

Brinton worked at a veterinary clinic in Roswell, New Mexico for a short time after receiving his degree. He later returned to St. Paul and the University of Minnesota in 1985 to pursue his PhD in Avian Microbiology. Brinton joined his family at Brinton Veterinary Solutions as staff veterinarian in 1987.

His first major success in the poultry industry was developing a vaccine for Pasteurella anatipestifer, an economically devastating turkey disease at that time.  In the ensuing years, he developed and patented several vaccines and toxoids to improve flock and herd health and reduce the need for antibiotics in both poultry and swine. He founded the Poultry Veterinary Center in 1994 and retired in 2010 due to health issues.

Dr. Marshall Kim Brinton, 62, died Friday, December 2, 2016 at his home in Miami Beach, Florida.

“Kim is missed by Minnesota’s turkey industry and his contributions have made a lasting effect on the success of so many,” said Dorn. “It is my honor and privilege to present this award to the Brinton family.”

The MTGA Allied Lifetime Achievement Award is based on several criteria:

  • Long-term services to the industry (20+ years).
  • Long-term support of the MTGA.
  • Well-respected by peers and customers.
  • Commitment to enhance Minnesota’s turkey industry.

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About MTGA

The MTGA, founded in 1939 and located in Buffalo, Minn., is a nonprofit association dedicated to fostering a successful Minnesota turkey industry and its ability to make positive contributions to consumers, the economy, the environment and its members. Minnesota is currently ranked #1 for turkey production in the U.S. with its 450 turkey farmers raising approximately 45 million turkeys annually. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For more information on MTGA, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.

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Minnesota Turkey Joins Ag Organizations, Rural Counties to Call for Delay of State Water Buffer Law

Contact: Brent Renneke
Public Relations Manager, Minnesota Corn Growers Association brenneke@mncorn.org
701-741-7292

AG ORGANIZATIONS AND RURAL COUNTIES CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS AND DELAY OF STATE WATER BUFFER LAW

SHAKOPEE, MN (May 11, 2017) ….. Eighteen Minnesota farm and agricultural organizations and several local government officials representing rural counties signed onto a joint letter to Governor Dayton and legislative leaders urgently requesting they make needed modifications to the water buffer law and delay its implementation date to give local governments and farmers enough time to comply.

The letter was led by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and signees include the Minnesota Farmers Union; Minnesota Farm Bureau; various grain, livestock and poultry commodity organizations; cooperatives; and various county commissioners, who will be involved in implementing the law.

“We are not asking for a repeal of the water buffer law, but we must face the fact it is not ready for implementation this year,” said Harold Wolle, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and lead author of the letter. “Various officials have acknowledged that the implementation of the buffer law, passed by the Legislature in 2015, would be complicated, and this reality has been validated by the significant delays in developing buffer guidelines and the resulting confusion that now exists throughout the state among farmers and local government officials.”

Despite the fact the buffer law was passed in 2015, implementation guidelines have been slow in coming out and this is causing concern among local government officials as well as farmers. Farmers are now in their fields with spring planting, beginning the busy cycle of their farm operations through the fall harvest. This leaves little time to try and get into compliance by November 1st, especially when it has not been clear as to what constitutes “compliance.”

As an example, it has taken almost two years to identify approved alternative practices, which were only released last month. In addition, there is confusion over the classification of private vs. public ditches, insufficient funding for county boards and watershed districts to assist with local implementation and lack of suitable compensation for removing farmland out of production. “The taking of productive farmland without some compensation and/or tax relief is especially troubling at a time when farmers are experiencing multiple years of low prices and financial stress,” said Wolle.

The letter goes on to state that if the Governor and Legislature cannot agree to needed changes of the buffer law prior to legislative adjournment, the implementation of the buffer law must be delayed to give enough time to work out the modifications and equip local government officials and farmers with the information and tools needed to effectively comply with the law.

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Keith Burger, Turkey Valley Farms, Honored with MTGA’s Most Prestigious Award

Contact:  Lara Durben

Phone:    (763) 682-2171

E-mail:     ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

Note: Photos available up on request

(Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) is proud to announce its prestigious Ranelius Award in 2017 goes to Keith Burger, Turkey Valley Farms, Marshall, Minn. The announcement was made at the MTGA Annual Meeting on March 15 in Saint Paul, Minn.

“The Ranelius Award is the most prestigious honor given by the MTGA,” said incoming MTGA President Chris Huisinga, Willmar, Minn. “It signifies leadership and dedication to the industry based on contributions made to enhance Minnesota’s turkey industry, and Keith Burger is well deserved of this special honor.”

This year’s recipient has a long and productive career in the poultry industry, which started in 1969 and continued with stints at Wayne Poultry (which became Iowa Turkey Products), Cargill and most recently Turkey Valley Farms.

Burger oversaw reconstruction of the Marshall, Minn., plant and served as its general manager until he announced his retirement at the end of 2016 – although truth be told he has remained active with Turkey Valley Farms, helping with the transition of the new plant management team.

Burger also has been involved with implementing and writing of new procedures in the industry, attending many National Turkey Federation Tech & Regulation meetings in Washington DC, as well as attending seminars to expand his knowledge of the world of turkeys.

Keith and his wife, Mary, have 3 married children and 2 grandchildren

The Ranelius Award is named for Sven Ranelius, a founding father of the MTGA, often described as a quiet, unselfish person who was very dedicated to the turkey industry in Minnesota. Nominees are evaluated on two central criteria: their contribution to the industry over a period of time; and the quality of that contribution.

For more information on the MTGA or its Ranelius Award program, please contact Lara Durben at 763/682-2171 or ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com.

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About MTGA

The MTGA, founded in 1939 and located in Buffalo, MN, is a nonprofit association dedicated to fostering a successful Minnesota turkey industry and its ability to make positive contributions to consumers, the economy, the environment and its members. Minnesota is currently ranked #1 for turkey production in the U.S. with its 450 turkey farmers raising approximately 46 million turkeys annually. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit , www.minnesotaturkey.com, find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey) and follow us on Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey)