For immediate release
Vanessa Tait, Group Leaf LLC Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
Ph: 651/308-8027 Ph: 763/682-2171 (office) or 612/554-0920 (cell)
Visit www.FarmersFeedUs.org to sign up
(Buffalo, MN) … Kent Meschke, a turkey farmer from Little Falls, MN, is one of nine farmers offering all Minnesota residents a chance to win free groceries for an entire year*.
“As a Minnesota farmer, I’m thrilled to offer free groceries for a year to the consumers of our great state,” said Meschke. “This is an opportunity for Minnesota farmers to share what we produce with Minnesota consumers and to let them know we share their values – taking care of our families, taking care of our animals and land and giving back to our communities.”
Meschke is a third generation turkey farmer who raises 700,000 turkey hens annually that he markets through Northern Pride Cooperative, Thief River Falls, MN. The Meschke operation also includes a feed manufacturing facility.
For details on the sweepstakes, consumers can visit www.FarmersFeedUs.org and register for two grand prizes of free groceries by meeting a Minnesota farmer through a short video that shows how they produce safe, nutritious and affordable food.
Consumers can register with each of the nine featured farmers daily through Nov. 6, the end of the 90-day program.
The Farmers Feed US website features turkey, chicken, egg, beef, corn, dairy, hog, and soybean farmers from across the state, each sharing information about their farm and their family. In addition to guiding visitors through their registration for free groceries, each farmer also offers a brief online tour of their farm.
All featured farmers on www.FarmersFeedUs.org include:
- Brian Asmus, egg farmer, Winthrop
- Judy Bode, hog farmer, Courtland
- Shannon Kuball, dairy farmer, Waterville
- Kent Meschke, turkey farmer, Little Falls
- Brian Schafer, cattle farmer, Goodhue
- Greg Schwarz, corn farmer, Le Sueur
- Charity Vold, dairy farmer, Glenwood
- Matt Widboom, soybean farmer, Worthington
- Bill Wuertz, chicken farmer, Paynesville
Over the course of the 90-day campaign, consumers throughout the state will also see and hear from these farmers as they are featured in television advertising and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mnfarmersfeedus) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/mnfarmersfeedus).
The Farmers Feed Us sweepstakes will also be the featured attraction at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s booth at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. Attendees can visit the booth in the Horticulture Building, meet some of the featured farmers (schedule varies) and sign up for the sweepstakes.
Participating Minnesota agriculture groups include the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Pork Board, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Broiler and Egg Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Farm & Food Coalition, Southeast Minnesota Ag Alliance, and Gold n’ Plump.
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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 250 turkey farmers expected to raise approximately 45 million turkeys this year. Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of these turkey producers are 3rd, 4th and 5th generation farmers. For more information, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.