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MTGA Welcomes New Allied Director to Board

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(Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has appointed Errol Lagred of Best Veterinary Solutions, Willmar, Minn., as the newest Allied Director to its Board.

Lagred has spent many years in the turkey industry, first as a farm supervisor for Jennie-O Foods, then as a serviceman for Swift, and later for Brinton Vet Supply – and now Best Veterinary Solutions (BVS) – in Willmar, Minn.

“We are pleased to welcome Errol to the MTGA Board of Directors,” said 2010-11 MTGA President Kent Meschke of Little Falls, Minn. “Errol has been an integral resource to the turkey industry for many years and his expertise and knowledge of turkeys as well as the people in our industry will be valued greatly.”

Lagred’s term on the MTGA Board began March 1, 2011. For more information, please contact MTGA at (763) 682-2171 or visit www.Minnesotaturkey.com.

About MTGA

The MTGA, founded in 1939 and currently headquartered 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 approximately 45 million turkeys in 2010. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.

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MTGA Executive Director Honored for 10 Years of Service

 

 

 

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(Buffalo, MN ) … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has honored Steve Olson, Executive Director of the organization, for his 10 years of service and employment.

“I’ve gotten to know Steve well over the past several years and MTGA is lucky to have him working on our behalf,” said 2010-11 MTGA President Kent Meschke of Little Falls, Minn. “We thank him for all the time and effort he puts forth in his position as executive director. His leadership and direction is crucial to the success of MTGA and Minnesota’s turkey industry.”

The official award presentation took place at the MTGA’ s annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn. on March 16.

As chief operating office of MTGA and the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC), Olson oversees MTGA’s legislative and regulatory affairs, financial management, human resources, membership relations, and maintaining liaison activities with other commodity groups, the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, National Turkey Federation, and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute. He also assist the MTGA/MTRPC Board of Directors in developing its action plans and seeing those plans implemented at a staff level. Finally, he serves as Executive Director of the Midwest Poultry Federation (MPF) and the Broiler & Egg Association of Minnesota (BEAM).

Olson has Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota. He is also a graduate of the Minnesota Agricultural & Rural Leadership Program (MARL) and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

Prior to MTGA, he most recently was employed as General Manager of Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) serving 22 counties in southwestern Minnesota. In this position, he worked with entrepreneurs, existing businesses and commodity groups on new technology and new product ideas that add value to agricultural commodities.

Prior to that Steve worked for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in Ag Planning and Development.  He was a staff person working with the Feedlot and Manure Management Committee (FMMAC) and co-chaired the FMMAC Livestock Odor Task Force. He also has worked as a legislative intern for Agri-Growth Council, monitoring legislation pertaining to agriculture and rural interest, and also as a supervisor at University of Minnesota Hospital.

For more information, please contact MTGA at (763) 682-2171 or visit www.Minnesotaturkey.com.

About MTGA

The MTGA, founded in 1939 and currently headquartered 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 approximately 45 million turkeys in 2010. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.

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Photo cutline:  2010-11 MTGA President Kent Meschke and MTGA Executive Director Steve Olson.

MTGA Announces Ranelius Scholarship Recipients

 

 

 

 

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Photo – Breanna Wimmler (Katie Zenk not pictured)

(Buffalo, MN )… The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) presented two Ranelius Scholarship awards to worthy college students at its annual meeting on March 16 in St. Paul, Minn.

This is a competitive award given to a current student(s) with an interest in poultry. The following two individuals will receive $2,500 scholarships:  Breanna Wimmler and Katie Zenk.

Breanna Wimmler

Breanna is a sophomore in animal science at the University of Minnesota.  In addition to working with Poultry Extension Specialist Dr. Sally Noll in the nutrition research lab, she is also a leader in the University’s Poultry Science Club having worked with MTGA to coordinate a turkey industry tour earlier this year.  Breanna also has completed the first phase of Midwest Poultry Consortium’s Center of Excellence.  In high school she placed as the top individual in the Minnesota FFA Poultry Career Development Event.  She has been accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Vetfast program and plans to earned both a veterinary degree and masters in public health.

Katie Zenk

Katie Zenk also was the top individual in the Minnesota FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event.  She has served as the Minnesota State FFA Vice President and was a finalist for the National FFA Poultry Proficiency award.  In 2010 she interned with Land O’Lakes in their Government Relations division, and as a result her experiences, Katie plans to pursue a career in public policy working for farmers’ interests. This summer she will be interning with the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. She currently is a junior at the University of Minnesota.

“On behalf of MTGA, I congratulation both Breanna and Katie and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, as they work toward their specific career goals in agriculture,” said MTGA Executive Director Steve Olson.

For more information on the MTGA Ranelius Scholarship program, please contact Lara Durben at lara@minnesotaturkey.com or visit www.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 250 turkey farmers raising approximately 45 million turkeys in 2010. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.

Photo cutline: 2010-11 MTGA President Kent Meschke with Breanna Wimmler. (Katie Zenk not pictured.)


MTGA Announces 2011 Ranelius Award Recipient

 

 

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Photo – Russ Christianson

(Buffalo, MN )… The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) presented its prestigious Ranelius Award to Russ Christianson, General Manager of Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls, Minn., at its annual meeting on March 16 in St. Paul.

“The Ranelius Award is the most prestigious honor given by the MTGA,” said Kent Meschke, 2010-11 MTGA President. “It signifies leadership and dedication to the industry based on contributions made to enhance Minnesota’s turkey industry, and Russ Christianson is well deserved of this special honor.”

In relaying Christianson’s life story, MTGA Executive Director Steve Olson had this to say: “I’ve learned that sometimes life experiences help you learn what to do by teaching you what you don’t want to do. From reading Russ’s biography, that appears to be the case for this year’s Ranelius recipient.”

Christenson is a native of North Dakota, and his early work experience included a couple of jobs that appear to have pointed him in another direction.  One was in the oil fields, the other lasted for two days – working the line in a Jennie-O processing plant.  Those experiences helped direct him to pursue a degree in accounting from the University of North Dakota.

After working for an accounting firm in the Twin Cities for a few years, he and a partner opened a firm in Thief River Falls.  In 1989, he switched gears, went back to the turkey industry, and accepted the position of General Manager of the Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River.  This is a title that he will hold until May 1 of this year when he will officially begin his retirement.

In addition to his professional career he has been active in his community.  He has served as a director and President of the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce; a member and Commander of the American Legion; and past Chairman of the local Ducks Unlimited Chapter.

“On behalf of MTGA, I want to thank Russ for his service and dedication to Minnesota’s turkey industry,” said Olson.

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 lara@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 250 turkey farmers raising approximately 45 million turkeys in 2010. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.

Photo cutline: 2010-11 MTGA President Kent Meschke and Russ Christianson.

Minnesota Turkey Promoters of the Year Announced

 

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Photo – Candy Freeman

Photo – Marilyn McAlpine

(Buffalo, MN )… The Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) has honored Candy Freeman of Melrose High School, Melrose, Minn., and Marilyn McAlpine, retired MTRPC Certified Home Economist, Stillwater, Minn., with the “Turkey Promoter of the Year” award.

Candy Freeman

For the past 34 years Candy Freeman has taught Family and Consumer Sciences, formerly known as Home Economics, at Melrose High School where, for many years, she has held a “Turkey Cook-off” where students use turkey products in their recipes and are require to plan their menu, prepare the food item and design a table presentation.  They are judged by locals in the community on taste and presentation of their menu choice.

In addition, Freeman is:

·Co-founder of the Melrose Area Early Childhood Family Education program;

·Has been involved with Family Literacy program for two years, working with Hispanic mothers and their children.

·Active member of the Melrose Area Women of Today

·Member of the St Cloud Area Home Economists

·And she enjoys gardening, canning and baking, entering baked goods at the Minnesota State Fair


“Candy is definitely a long-time huge supporter of the turkey industry and promotes turkey and other foods for a healthy lifetime,” said MTRPC Executive Director Steve Olson. “She is reaching these future turkey consumers at a perfect time in their lives.”

Freeman is retiring from teaching at the end of the current school year.

Marilyn McAlpine

The second recipient – Marilyn McAlpine – is no stranger to Minnesota’s turkey industry, having begun her involvement with MTRPC 40 years ago this year, first as a food consultant and then as MTRPC’s Certified Home Economist for 32 years.  She led educational programs for dieticians, home economists, chefs, foodservice professionals and consumers.  She also created “Let’s Talk Turkey” and “Turkey Time Kit” lesson plans for teachers.  She has received the Ranelius Award which is the Minnesota turkey industry’s highest honor; and in 2002, she received the National Turkey Federation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“As much as she accomplished during her career, she is receiving MTRPC’s Promoter of the Year award, in-part, for her tireless efforts promoting turkey after her retirement,” said Olson. “She continues to be valuable resource and promoter of turkey & Minnesota’s turkey farmers and processors.”

The awards were presented at the MTRPC Annual Meeting on March 16 in St. Paul, Minn.

For more information about the Promoter of the Year Award or the Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council, please call 763/682-2171, email info@minnesotaturkey.com or visit www.Minnesotaturkey.com.

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Photo cutlines:2010-11 MTRPC President Kent Meschke is featured with each award recipient.


Badger, Minn. Turkey Farmer Honored with MTGA President’s Award

 

 

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(Buffalo, MN )… The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has honored John Burkel, a turkey farmer from Badger, Minn., for showing true dedication and commitment to the goals of the association.

“John has gone above and beyond the call of duty, not only for 2010 but for the past several years,” said 2010-11 MTGA President Kent Meschke of Little Falls, Minn. “This past year he represented U.S. turkey farmers at meetings with the head administrator of EPA, Lisa Jackson, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. He also presented the poultry farmer’s perspective on the impact of ethanol policy in Kansas City in November.”

Burkel currently represents Minnesota’s turkey farmers and processors on the National Turkey Federation’s (NTF) Executive Committee and he chairs the NTF Live Production and TURPAC committees. Earlier this year he moved into a leadership role as the NTF Secretary-Treasurer.

“To recognize his passion for public policy and thank him for representing Minnesota’s turkey farmers and processors, I am presenting John with this year’s President’s Award,” said Meschke.

The official award presentation took place at the MTGA’ s annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn. on March 16.

For more information on the MTGA or its President’s Award program, please contact the MTGA at (763) 682-2171 or visit www.Minnesotaturkey.com.

About MTGA

The MTGA, founded in 1939 and currently headquartered 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 approximately 45 million turkeys in 2010. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.

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Outgoing MTGA Board Directors Honored for Service

 

 

 

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Photo – Kim Gorans

Photo – Gregg Veldman

 

(Buffalo, MN)…Kim Gorans of Willmar, Minn., and Gregg Veldman of Becker, Minn., were honored by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) for their many years of service to the organization’s Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting on March 16 in St. Paul, Minn.

“On behalf of MTGA, I thank Rahn and Gregg for their dedication and leadership to our organization,” said 2010-11 President Kent Meschke, Meschke Poultry, Little Falls, Minn. “Both have made significant contributions to our organization and Minnesota’s turkey industry.”

Gorans is 2nd generation turkey farmer and co-owner of Gorans Brothers, a family turkey farm located south of Willmar. Gorans Brothers presently consists of 14 family members plus additional employees. They raise 45 million pounds of heavy toms, operate a feed mill, and crop farm.

Gorans has been a member of the MTGA Board since 1999, served as President and two years as Past President. He has served asa member of the Research Funding Committee; Turkey To Go committee; co-chair of the Avian Pneumovirus Taskforce; and initiated the “Where the City meets the Farm” research project which became Minnesota’s first Discovery Farm.Kim also has received the President’s Award twice.

Veldman of Novus International has been an Allied Director on the Board since 2004. He is the current Chairman of the MTGA Allied Committee.

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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 approximately 45 million turkeys in 2010. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.

MN Turkey Council Board Election Results Announced

 

 

 

 

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Directors Hail from Redwood Falls, Roseau, Little Falls, Willmar and Cokato

(Buffalo, MN)…Five people have been elected to the 16-member Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) Board of Directors according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), the agency responsible for conducting and certifying agricultural promotion council elections. The election was conducted by mail-in ballot in January.

The newly elected directors are:

Region 1

Kent Meschke, Little Falls

Region 2

Phil Munson, Cokato

At Large

Duane Jaenicke, Roseau

Gene Brownfield, Redwood Falls

Robert Orsten, Willmar

Phil Munson is the lone newcomer on the Board; the other elected members are incumbents. The newly elected board members will serve three-year terms and all assumed their seats on March 1.These directors will also serve on the Board of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA).

The board meets about eight times per year to guide MTRPC’s activities. Board members also serve as advocates for Minnesota’s turkey industry. Turkey producers pay a percentage of their sale proceeds to MTRPC, which uses those funds to pay for promotion, communication and research activities aimed at increasing producer profitability.

Elected directors are listed alphabetically below, along with biographical information:

Gene Brownfield, Redwood Falls

Gene Brownfield has been in the turkey industry for 49 years and currently raises 215,000 toms and 636,000 hens on farms located in Brown and Renville counties. His son runs the family’s crops operation, which includes corn, soybeans, peas and sugar beets.

Gene currently serves as a director for Prairie Fire Ministries, a director for Redwood Area Christian Radio, and treasurer for Cornerstone Mens Ministry.He and his wife Janette have two children, Dean, who farms with Gene, and Jayne, who lives in Bloomington. They also have two grandsons.Gene’s hobbies include fishing on Mille Lacs Lake and being very active in church activities, especially mens’ programming.

This is Gene’s 2nd term on the Board.

Duane Jaenicke, Roseau

Duane Jaenicke, Roseau, runs P & J Farms along with his son, Scott. The operation raises approximately 100,000 to 130,000 hens for Northern Pride Cooperative.

The turkey business runs in the Jaenicke family – When he was growing up, Duane remembers the small flocks of turkeys his father raised, and today, Duane’s brother also raises turkeys. Duane began his P & J Farms venture in 1992.

For many years, Duane taught management education courses at Northland Community and Technical College and was named the 2001 Outstanding Ag Educator by the State Association of Management and Ag Eductors in Minnesota. He retired from teaching in June 2005. Duane is active in his local church, has served on the church board, and currently is in charge of the cemetery. He and his wife, Bev, have three sons. In his spare time, Duane enjoys fishing and camping.

This is Duane’s 3rd term on the Board and he currently serves as Vice President of the Board.

Kent Meschke, Little Falls

Kent Meschke, Little Falls, owns and operates Meschke Poultry, which produces around 700,000 light hens per year that are marketed through Northern Pride Cooperative. The operation consists of brood and grow out facilities and a feed manufacturing facility in Little Falls.

Kent completed a degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and after college, worked for several years in finance. He returned to the farm in 1985 to work with his father (Garth) and brother (Scott). With the injury of his brother and the retirement of his father, he became the sole proprietor of the business. He has experience in all areas of turkey production, from brooding to nutrition.

Kent is serving his 3rd term on the MTGA-MTRPC Board and currently serves as Past President.

One of Kent’s favorite hobbies is to go flying. He also enjoys hot rods, computers and photography. He is the current secretary/treasurer for the Little Falls Pilots Association, a local flying club. Kent and his wife, Lynn, have two daughters: Tanya and Katie.

Phil Munson, Cokato

Phil Munson is a third generation turkey grower from Cokato and has worked in the turkey industry his entire life.His grandfather Floyd started Munson Feed Company in 1935 and raised his first flock of (bronze) turkeys in 1959.

Phil graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1986 with a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Business Administration.He worked for West Central Turkeys, Earl B. Olson Farms and Peterson Turkey Hatchery before returning home.Today Phil and his father Beryl raise 7 million pounds of toms annually (at Howard Lake).This is Phil’s first term on the MTGA-MTRPC Board of Directors.

Phil’s wife Jodi teaches kindergarten and their two sons Aaron and Ben attend college.He enjoys spending time with his family and fishing in his spare time.

Robert Orsten, Willmar

Robert Orsten has worked 19 years in the turkey industry. With farms in Kandoyohi and Swift counties, his family raises 70,000 breeder turkeys and also grows corn, beans and hay.

Robert served as Board Secretary for two years of Community Christian School and is currently the Board President.He and his wife, Rochelle, have five children: Talia, Autumn, RJ, Brady and James.His hobbies include boating, camping, spending time with family and friends, raising Hereford cattle and his kids’ sporting events.

This is Rob’s 2nd term on the Board.

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 approximately 45 million turkeys in 2010. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.

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MTGA Announces 2011-12 President, Executive Committee

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Officers Hail from Cannon Falls, Roseau, Northfield and Little Falls

Executive Committee Photo |  President Lindell Photo

(Buffalo, MN)… Jeff Lindell, Cannon Falls, Minn., has been elected President of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) for 2011-2012.

“I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that MTGA will face in the year to come,” said Lindell after officially being handed the presidential gavel at the MTRPC-MTGA Annual Meeting in on March 16 in St. Paul, Minn.

Lindell was raised on a dairy farm near Vasa, MN.  He graduated from Cannon Falls High School in 1976 where he was active in FFA. He married Mary Roush in 1977 and have two daughters who are also married to farmers. Karrie and Dan Kuhn,  Nora and TJ Nordling all from Randolph. They have also been blessed with seven grandchildren.

The Lindells owned and operated a dairy herd in the early 1980s. Jeff began to work part time for Peterson Turkey Hatchery in 1983 in the turkey breeder operation. In 1986 he was asked to manage a new brood-growout barn being planned by the Petersons on a farm near Randolph/Stanton. He raises  about 50,000 heavy toms on this farm. Lindells also continue to grow corn and soybeans. In addition to the MTGA, Jeff is also a member of the Randolph FFA Alumni, and the Dakota County Farm Bureau.

In their free time Jeff and Mary enjoy spending time with their Grandchildren, and also spending time at their cabin near Birchwood WI.

Jeff is serving his 3rd term on the MTGA-MTRPC Board.

Lindell succeeds Kent Meschke, who will officially take over as Past President of the two organizations. Meschke owns and operates Meschke Poultry, which produces 700,000 light hens per year that are marketed through Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls. The operation consists of brood and grow out facilities and a feed manufacturing facility in Little Falls. He was just elected to his third term on the MTGA and MTRPC Boards.

The remaining two members of the MTGA / MTRPC Executive Committee areVice President Duane Jaenicke, P & J Turkeys, Roseau, Minn; and Treasurer John Zimmerman, P & J Products Co., Northfield, MN.

Vice President Duane Jaenicke, Roseau, runs P & J Farms along with his son, Scott. The operation raises approximately 100,000 to 130,000 hens for Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls.

The turkey business runs in the Jaenicke family – When he was growing up, Duane remembers the small flocks of turkeys his father raised, and today, Duane’s brother also raises turkeys. Duane began his P & J Farms venture in 1992.

For many years, Duane taught management education courses at Northland Community and Technical College and was named the 2001 Outstanding Ag Educator by the State Association of Management and Ag Educators in Minnesota. He retired from teaching in June 2005.

Duane was elected to the MTGA-MTRPC Board in 2005, 2008 and again this year in 2011. Duane is active in his local church, has served on the church board, and currently is in charge of the cemetery. He and his wife, Bev, have three sons.

Treasurer John Zimmerman runs the family farm – P & J Products, Northfield, MN – along with his mother, Karen Zimmerman. He has been in the turkey industry all his life and P & J Products raise approximately 3 million pounds of turkey annually and also raise 500 acres of corn and soybeans.

John graduated from Iowa State University with a BS degree in animal science. He also is a graduate of the Minnesota Agricultural Rural Leadership Program (MARL). He is board secretary of the River County Co-op, financial secretary of Dennison Lutheran Church, and vice president of the MARL Alumni Association.John was elected to the MTGA-MTRPC Board in 2007 and again in 2010.He and his wife, Kara, live in Northfield.

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 approximately 45 million turkeys in 2010. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.

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Photo cutline:From left, Vice President Kent Meschke, President Jeff Lindell and Treasurer John Zimmerman. Not pictured: Vice President Duane Jaenicke.

MTGA Congratulates Frederickson on Appointment

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Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Congratulates Frederickson on Appointment

(Buffalo, MN) … Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) congratulates Dave Frederickson on being appointed by Governor-elect Mark Dayton to serve as the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

“Dave Frederickson brings a strong background in agriculture to the post of Commissioner of Agriculture,” said Kent Meschke, MTGA President and a turkey farmer from Little Falls, MN. “His experience, knowledge and enthusiasm of state, national and international agriculture, along with his family farm background, will allow him to hit the ground running. We look forward to working with him to maintain the strength and integrity of Minnesota’s agriculture industry and economy.”

MTGA, founded in 1939 and headquartered 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 approximately 46 million turkeys in 2010. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.

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