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Doug & Linda Hedlund, Roseau, Minn., Receive Turkey Promoter of the Year Award

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Doug & Linda Hedlund, Roseau, Minn., Receive Turkey Promoter of the Year Award

Doug and Linda Hedlund

Doug and Linda Hedlund

(Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) has honored Doug and Linda Hedlund of Roseau, Minn., with its 2013 “Turkey Promoter of the Year” award.

The Hedlunds are 2nd generation turkey farmers who raise 60,000 turkeys annually for the farmer-owned Northern Pride Cooperative out of Thief River Falls, Minn.  In addition to their farm, however, Doug and Linda took over managing concessions at the Roseau hockey arena 33 years ago. About 15 years ago the two added turkey wings to the menu. When those proved to be a bit too labor intensive, they switched to a bone-in turkey breast sandwich served on a hamburger bun, which remains an extremely popular menu item today.

The Hedlunds also cater weddings, graduations, reunions and company picnics.

“Doug and Linda have done an outstanding job showing that turkey is a delicious option all year-round, said said MTRPC Executive Director Steve Olson.  “Their passion for promoting turkey through their concession stand and catering business is inspiring and we appreciate the work they are doing on behalf of the turkey industry.”

The award was presented at the MTRPC Annual Meeting on March 13 in Saint 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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Wittenburgs of Alexandria, MN Honored for Extraordinary Efforts

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Wittenburgs of Alexandria, MN Honored for Extraordinary Efforts on Behalf of the Turkey Industry

(Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has honored Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg of Alexandria, MN for their extraordinary efforts to grow and strengthen the North Dakota Poultry Industries

2012-13 MTGA President Duane Jaenicke, left, with Sharlene and Carl Wittenburg

2012-13 MTGA President Duane Jaenicke, left, with Sharlene and Carl Wittenburg

Convention, which is held annually in December in Fargo, ND.

The couple received the MTGA President’s Award from outgoing President Duane Jaenicke, Roseau, Minn. The MTGA President’s Award is given annually to individual(s) chosen specifically for their dedication and commitment to the goals of the organization.

“I consider one of the most important goals of the MTGA is to strengthen grower profitability,” said Jaenicke. “This is done by providing growers with relevant information to improve their farms, businesses and ability to raise turkeys. The North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention  meets that criteria in large part because of the leadership and tireless efforts of Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg.”

The North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention attracts a large group of attendees from Minnesota each year to Fargo, and has seen tremendous growth over the past five years.

The official award presentation took place at the MTGA’s annual meeting in Saint Paul, Minn. on March 13.

The Wittenburgs raise turkeys and also co-own Protein Alliance, a full-service trading company, which represents Northern Pride Cooperative, Thief River Falls, Minn., in the sales of all their products. The company also works with all of the turkey processors in the country buying and selling all forms of turkey products to domestic and export customers.

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.

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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 46 million turkeys in 2012. 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)

Outgoing MTGA Board Directors Honored for Service

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Outgoing MTGA Board Directors Honored for Service, Dedication to Turkey Industry

(Buffalo, MN)… Tim Johnson, Willmar, Minn.; Grant Shold, Sauk Rapids, Minn.; and Gary Thurnau, Faribault, 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 13 in St. Paul, Minn.

“On behalf of MTGA, I thank these three directors for their dedication and leadership to our organization,” said 2013 MTGA President John Zimmerman. “All have made significant contributions to our organization and

Tim Johnson, Grant Shold and Gary Thurnau

Tim Johnson, Grant Shold and Gary Thurnau

Minnesota’s turkey industry and their commitment to both MTGA and to our industry has been invaluable.”

Tim Johnson serves as General Manager of Willmar Poultry Farms, Farm Service Elevator and Turkey Valley Farms. He has worked for WPC for over 40 years and the company currently raises 1 million toms and 3 million hens in Kandiyohi County.  In addition to his recent four-year stint on the MTGA Board, Tim served three terms (a total of nine additional years) on the Board in the late 1990s-2000s and is a Past President.

Gary Thurnau currently serves as Contract Procurement Coordinator for Jennie-O Turkey Store at the Faribault, MN office. Prior to his involvement in the turkey industry, Gary operated a crop and livestock farm. He has worked almost 20 years with The Turkey Store Company and now Jennie-O Turkey Store, and served on the MTGA Board for nine years and is a Past President.

Shold, who is retiring from Purina Feeds this spring, has has been an Allied Director on the Board since 2007. He is also a  current member of the MTGA Allied Committee and received MTGA’s Allied Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and the MTGA Ranelius Award in 2012.

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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 46 million turkeys in 2012. 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)

MTGA Announces 2013-14 President, Executive Committee

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MTGA Announces 2013-14 President, Executive Committee

Officers Hail from Northfield,  Pelican Rapids, Redwood Falls & Roseau

(Buffalo, MN)…John Zimmerman, P & J Products Co., Northfield, Minn., has been elected President of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) for 2012-2013.

“I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that MTGA will face in the year to come,” said Zimmerman after officially being handed the presidential gavel at the MTRPC-MTGA Annual Meeting on March 13 in

Saint Paul, Minn. “There are a great variety of businesses in the turkey industry and we don’t all agree on every issue, yet whether you raise a few thousand or several million turkeys, or work in a supporting industry, there are issues that affect us all and that is where associations like MTGA come in. A centralized organization dedicated to the well-being and continued success of our industry helps us achieve our goals.”

2013-14 MTGA Officers: Treasurer Gene Brownfield; Past President Duane Jaenicke; President John Zimmerman; and Vice President John Gorton.

2013-14 MTGA Officers: Treasurer Gene Brownfield; Past President Duane Jaenicke; President John Zimmerman; and Vice President John Gorton.

Zimmerman indicated that the number one goal of Minnesota’s turkey farmers in the coming year will be a return to profitability. “We need to continue to work with the University of Minnesota on relevant and timely research projects, continue to promote a positive image of our operations and animal husbandry practices,  and continue to develop and support  reasonable legislation and regulations that will help us remain competitive,” Zimmerman said.

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 3-4 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) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of MARL. In addition, he is board secretary of the River County Co-op. He and his wife, Kara, live in Northfield.

Jaenicke succeeds Duane Jaenicke, who officially steps into the Past President role.  Jaenicke runs P & J Farms along with his son, Scott. The farm raises approximately 100,000 to 130,000 hens for Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls, Minn.

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 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.

The remaining two members of the MTGA / MTRPC Executive Committee are Vice President  John Gorton, Gorton Turkeys Inc., Pelican Rapids, Minn., and Secretary-Treasurer Gene Brownfield, Winter Creek Farms, Redwood Falls, Minn.

John Gorton of Gorton Turkeys has spent his entire life in the turkey industry, including 18 active years as an adult – the early years with Jennie-O and later with this father.  Gorton Turkeys raises 360,000 hens, 44,000 consumer toms, 50,000 KBI toms and 50,000 heavy toms annually.

John is currently in starting his third term on the MTGA-MTRPC Board of Directors, having served since 2007. He also has been a featured farmer for the Farmers Feed Us program in Minnesota. John, his wife Trudy and family live in Pelican Rapids and have two sons. . He is an active member of the Pelican Rapids Jaycees and volunteers as a Den Leader for Cub Scouts.

Secretary-Treasurer Gene Brownfield currently produces 900,000 hens on farms in Renville and Brown counties. Gene represents MTGA on the Minnesota Ag Water Resources Coalition (MAWRC) and has served on the MTGA-MTRPC Board of Directors since 2008. Gene currently serves as an Elder at Cornerstone Christian Church and is a director in several local and state ministries. He also serves on the Boards and volunteers in community activities. Gene and his wife Janette have two children, Dean, who runs the family farm and Jayne who lives in Waconia. They also follow the activities of three active grandsons.

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 46 million turkeys in 2012. 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)

 

 

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MN Turkey Council Board Election Results

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MN Turkey Council Board Election Results Announced

Directors Hail from Pelican Rapids, Northfield and Willmar

(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

John Gorton, Pelican Rapids

Region 2

John Zimmerman, Northfield

At-Large Positions

Scott Christensen, Willmar

Christopher Huisinga, Willmar

Scott Jones, Willmar

Incumbents elected to their second terms on the Board include John Gorton , Scott Jones and John Zimmerman; new Directors are Scott Christensen and Christopher Huisinga.

All five 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 approximately 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:

John Gorton (incumbent) – REGION 1 POSITION

John Gorton of Gorton Turkeys has spent his entire life in the turkey industry, including approximately 20 active years as an adult – nearly 6 with Jennie-O and 14 with this father. Gorton Turkeys have raised approximately 500,000 turkeys (hens, light and heavy) annually.

Issues of particular importance to John include maintaining the role of the independent turkey grower in Minnesota’s turkey industry.

Christopher Huisinga and Scott Christensen

Christopher Huisinga and Scott Christensen

John, his wife Trudy and family live in Pelican Rapids and have two sons, Blaine (age 15), and Jay (age 13). He is a past Board Member of the City of Pelican Rapids Planning Commission; an organizer of youth football (2008-2009); and a past leader for Cub/Boy Scouts (2004-2009). His hobbies include golf and pontooning.

This is John’s third term on the Board. He currently serves as Vice President.

Scott Christensen – AT-LARGE POSITION              

Scott Christensen currently works as the Director of Breeders, Hatchery and Nutrition Services for Jennie-O Turkey Store and his office is based in Spicer, Minn. He has spent 32 years in the food industry, with 9 of those directly in the turkey industry.

In addition to his work at Jennie-O Turkey Store, Scott serves as a board member of West Central Industries and has been a member and volunteer with First Lutheran Church.

Issues of particular importance to Scott include getting a better understanding of how the turkey industry interacts with other Minnesota industries and learning about the critical issues that are facing the turkey industry. He also believes in supporting and promoting local agricultural efforts.

Scott and his wife, Cheri, have three daughers – Carrisa, Tess and Jenna. His hobbies include traveling, golf, fishing and hunting.

Scott Jones

Scott Jones

This is Scott’s first term on the MTGA-MTRPC Board of Directors.

Christopher Huisinga (AT-LARGE POSITION)        

Christopher Huisinga  currently works for Willmar Poultry Company dba Ag Forte as the North Division Manager/Minnesota Breeding and Hatcheries. He has worked in the turkey industry for the past 10 years. He manages breeding farms in Kandiyohi County that raise 580,000 PS breeders and 15,000 GP breeders that produce about 55 million commercial poults on an annual basis.

In addition to his role at WPC/Ag Forte, Chris has served as director on the University of Minnesota West Central Partnership Board (2010); was a committee member on the Florida Bankers Association Legislative Committee (2002); and a committee member on the Biobusiness Alliance Legislative Committee (2009).

Issues of particular concern to Chris include the use and allocation of association resources; disease management; industry issues; consumer relations/perception; industry education; and state and federal legislation impacting the turkey industry.

Chris and his wife, Joi, have one son, Ethan, and one daughter, Ella. In his spare time, Chris enjoys mountain biking, hunting, music and all other sports.

This is Chris’s first term on the MTGA-MTRPC Board of Directors.

Scott Jones (incumbent) – AT-LARGE POSITION

Scott Jones currently works for Jennie-O Turkey Store as Director of Procurement and has been in the turkey business for 20 years. His primary role involves procuring and planning how to utilize growing capacity to meet the planned needs of the company.

While going to college he spent every summer working either on a turkey farm or in one of the Willmar-area processing plants.  After graduating from Concordia College Scott returned to Jennie-O and eventually was offered a job in the Quality Control area.  As part of the Quality Control group he held several positions in the Willmar processing plants from a Quality Control Engineer to Quality Control Manager in two of Jennie-O’s Willmar

John Zimmerman and John Gorton

John Zimmerman and John Gorton

facilities. After working in the Quality Control area, he moved into Live Bird Scheduling which he did up until his current position with Jennie-O Turkey Store.

This is Scott’s second term on the MTGA-MTRPC Board of Directors.

John Zimmerman (incumbent) – REGION 2 POSITION

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 3-4 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) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of MARL. In addition, he is board secretary of the River County Co-op. He and his wife, Kara, live in Northfield.

This is John’s third term on the Board. He currently serves as President.

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 46 million turkeys in 2012. 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)

 

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Agriculture Program Specialist / Communications Assistant Position Open

Agriculture Program Specialist / Communications Assistant

An association located in Buffalo, MN seeks an outgoing, detail-oriented person with excellent verbal and written communications skills and enthusiasm for agriculture for a full-time Agriculture Program Specialist / Communications Assistant.

Position includes the following duties:

  • Coordinating a variety of membership programs and events
  • Assisting with educational, public relations and other communications activities/events
  • Web site maintenance
  • Assisting with social media activities
  • Assisting with a variety of member communications pieces, both print and electronic
  • Representing the association at agriculture-related meetings and events – knowledge of agricultural production methods and policy issues.
  • Outreach and programming for high school and college students

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent Communications Skills – Written and Oral
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, ect.)
  • Proficient and knowledgeable of today’s communication tools and strategies
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite a plus
  • Must have a 2-year college degree and/or related experience
  • Must have a farm background and/or agricultural experience
  • Time management and organization skills
  • Ability to travel as required

The right person must be flexible, self-motivated and enjoy a small office environment with a lot of variety. Send cover letter and resume to MTGA, 108 Marty Dr., Buffalo, MN 55313; or via email to employment2171@gmail.com.

 

MN Turkey Announces Donation of 1,180 turkeys to Hunger Solutions Minnesota

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Governor Dayton, Minnesota’s Turkey Farmers Usher in Thanksgiving

MTGA Announces Donation of 11,150 Pounds of Turkey to Hunger Solutions Minnesota

St. Paul, MN (November 20, 2012) – A Minnesota-raised tom turkey and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) paid a visit to Governor Mark Dayton today at the State Capital in Saint Paul. The event was a time-honored tradition, going back more than two decades, of Minnesota’s Governor kicking off Thanksgiving week in Minnesota.

“I want to thank Governor Dayton for inviting us here today and continuing the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving and giving thanks for Minnesota’s turkey farmers, our state’s strong agriculture industry and the abundance of food we provide for the world,” said President and turkey farmer Duane Jaenicke, Roseau, Minn.

At the event, Jaenicke announced the donation of 11,150 pounds of turkey – a total of 1,180 whole birds – to Hunger Solutions Minnesota (HSM), which will be distributed to food shelves and food banks across the state.

“It’s been a trying and challenging year for many families who are struggling to make ends meet,” Jaenicke. “Minnesota’s turkey farmers want to do their part in combating hunger with this donation to Hunger Solutions Minnesota,” said Jaenicke. “The turkey we donate today will feed nearly 13,000 people.”

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

Since 2001, MTGA has donated over 190,000 pounds of turkey to various areas of the state – or enough turkey to feed over 236,000 people. This year, this donation provides turkeys to families in communities such as Cannon Falls, Faribault, Melrose, Willmar, Thief River Falls, Frazee, Perham and Buffalo.

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 Fair and new “likers” to the Minnesota Turkey Facebook page (www.facebook.com/minnesotaturkey).

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

According to HSM, there were 3 million visits to food shelves last year in our state. That reflects an increase of 164% over the past decade. Food shelves are an essential part of the safety net that responds to local need-food shelves fill in the meal gap between paid work and nutrition programs. In the last five years alone, hunger has doubled in Minnesota. This has put an immense strain on our emergency response to food insecurity. Long term unemployment has caused previously middle class families to turn to food shelves for answers to their food needs.

Said Colleen Moriarty, HSM Executive Director: “Our food shelves really appreciate this donation of quality protein. Families that visit the food shelves during the holidays will benefit greatly. We continue to look for creative solutions so that no one in Minnesota has to skip meals or eat food that is low in quality. We greatly appreciate the many ways the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association supports our work.”

Approximately 250 turkey family farmers from Minnesota raise about 46 million birds annually, which places Minnesota at the #1 position in the U.S. for turkey production.

U.S. turkey production stands at 246 million – 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 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 an estimated 46 million turkeys in 2012. 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).

About Hunger Solutions Minnesota

Hunger Solutions Minnesota is a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota. We take action to assure food security for all Minnesotans by supporting over 300 agencies that provide food to those in need, advancing sound public policy, and guiding grassroots advocacy. HSM advocates for the maximum use of all federal public nutrition dollars available and works to improve low income Minnesotans’ access to all nutrition programs. The HSM Minnesota Food HelpLine (1-888-711-1151) helps enroll low-income Minnesotans in the Food Support (Food Stamps) program and helps callers find emergency food assistance in their area. For further information, visit www.hungersolutions.org/ , on Twitter @hungersolutions or on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/HungerSolutionsMinnesota

 

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10 Fun Facts about Minnesota Turkey & Turkey To Go Concession

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Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Ph: 763/682-2171 (office),  612/554-0920 (mobile), ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

 

Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 54 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.

We expect to cook approximately 20,000 pounds of turkey at Turkey To Go this year for our Giant Juicy Turkey sandwiches.

Turkey To Go has expanded its mobile food cart presence into multiple locations around the Twin Cities. Up-to-date location information on a daily basis can be found at www.twitter.com/turkeytogo.

  • Downtown Minneapolis – On most weekdays during lunch, Turkey To Go’s Mobile food cart is located at South 8th Street and Nicollet Mall. During Minnesota Twins home games, the cart is set up at South 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue.
  • Target Field – Turkey To Go is behind home plate between sections 112 and 113 as well as outside Section 318

Turkey To Go opened two new storefronts – with expanded menu options – in 2011!

  • Downtown Minneapolis in the Baker Building (skyway level), 706 Second Avenue South
  • Downtown St. Paul in the Alliance Bank Building (skyway level), 56 East Sixth Stree

Turkeys are raised in 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.

Nutritionally, turkey has more protein than chicken or beef – plus fewer calories with zero trans- and saturated fat. Our Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich (eaten without the bun) and Jumbo Turkey Drumstick are gluten-free.

Minnesota is ranked #1 for turkey production, processing, and hatching in the U.S. and is home to 250 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 3rd, 4th and 5th generation farmers.

Formed in 1939, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA), is 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.

MTGA’s Web site – www.minnesotaturkey.com – features links to more than 1,700 turkey recipes for consumers and the foodservice industry. We also have recipes at our State Fair booth in the Dairy Building.

Producing a quality, nutritious and safe product is the top priority for turkey farmers as well as turkey processing companies, which follow USDA guideliness 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.

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Minnesota’s Turkey Farmers Proud of Turkey To Go’s Ever-Expanding Reach

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Contact:                                                                                                      

Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association

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

ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

 

Minnesota’s Turkey Farmers Proud of Turkey To Go’s Ever-Expanding Reach

Hunger Solutions MN To Receive Portion of Every State Fair Sale

(Buffalo, MN) … Now in its 54th year at the Minnesota State Fair, the Turkey To Go concession continues to proudly serve turkey raised by Minnesota’s family turkey farmers, as it has done since 1958.

The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) owns the concession stand and its goal now isn’t much different than five decades ago – to showcase to Fairgoers that turkey can be a delicious, nutritious option for meals all year-long.

“Turkey has always been about Thanksgiving and our farmers are proud of that heritage,” said Steve Olson, MTGA Executive Director. “However, our presence at the Minnesota State Fair and the success of Turkey To Go even beyond the fairgrounds has enabled us to show consumers that turkey can be amazing any time of year.”

Turkey To Go at the Minnesota State Fair showcases its signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich, along  with a gigantic half-pound version as well as the 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.

Thanks to a mobile cart in downtown Minneapolis, two venus in Target Field, and two indoor food court restaurants in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Turkey To Go has expanded its reach year-round.

Turkey farmer Duane Jaenicke of Roseau, Minn., says he and other turkey farmers are proud to see Turkey To Go’s success. “Many of Minnesota’s turkey farmers are 2nd, 3rd or even 4th generation farmers and their families saw the beginnings of turkey’s State Fair presence in the 1950s and 1960s.  To reach a point where our Giant Juicy Turkey sandwich is a popular lunch-time option in the Twin Cities year-round, and we are a go-to food vendor at Target Field is beyond exciting,” Jaenicke explains. “Plus, the downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul food court locations all offer expanded menu options such as pitas and salads, further highlighting all the delicious ways you can prepare and serve turkey.”

For the fifth straight year at the State Fair, MTGA is proud to announce that a portion of every sale at Turkey To Go will be donated to Hunger Solutions Minnesota (www.hungersolutions.org), an organization that is dedicated to ending hunger.

In addition to the flagship State Fair location, Turkey To Go can be found at the following locations:

  • Mobile food carts (spring, summer and fall) – downtown Minneapolis (6th & Nicollet and 8th & Nicollet) – follow @TurkeyToGo on Twitter for daily updates on location/hours
  • Alliance Bank Building food court (year-round), 56 East 6th Street, downtown St. Paul – Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – EXPANDED MENU
  • Baker Building food court (year-round), 706 2nd Avenue South, downtown Minneapolis – Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – EXPANDED MENU
  • Target Field – behind home plate between Sections 112-113 on the main concourse as well as outside Section 318.

“Turkey To Go continues to expand its presence throughout the Twin Cities,” said Olson. “It’s been exciting to be able to showcase delicious and healthy turkey products raised right here in Minnesota by nearly 250 family farmers who are dedicated to raising the highest quality turkey for consumers.”

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’s mobile food cart locations in downtown serve the same menu and can be found most weekdays during lunch at South 8th Street and Nicollet Mall.  A second location at South 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue is utilized during Minnesota Twins’ home games. For up-to-date location information, follow Turkey To Go on Twitter (@TurkeyToGo).

In addition, Turkey To Go has two locations in Target Field during Minnesota Twins’ home games, and is open year-round with an expanded menu in the Baker Building food court (706 2nd Avenue South, downtown Minneapolis) and the Alliance Bank Building food court (56 East 6th Street, downtown Saint Paul) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. weekdays.

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

About 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 250 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 3rd, 4th and 5th generation farmers. For more information, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com or www.facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey.

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MTGA Announces Allied Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

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For immediate release

Contact:              Lara Durben,  763/682-2171 or ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

MTGA Announces Allied Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Jerry Isley, Willmar Poultry Company, Honored

(Buffalo, MN) … Jerry Isley, the long-time general manager of PALS (a subsidiary of Willmar Poultry Company) was honored for his many years of service to Minnesota’s turkey industry at  the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) Summer Meeting last month in Bemidji, MN. Isley of Willmar, Minn., received the 2012 MTGA Allied Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is based on several criteria:

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

MTGA Allied Committee Member Grant Shold of Land O’Lakes Purina Feed made the awards presentation.

Isley  grew up in North Dakota and worked at his family’s hardware store for many years, until that business was sold. He moved to Perham, Minn. where he eventually began working for a turkey breeding farm and started making the important people connections that led him to his current stint with Willmar Poultry Company.

Once Isley was hired at PALS/Willmar Poultry Company, he spent four years in territory sales in the northern half of Minnesota and North Dakota, and a little bit of South Dakota. At the same time, the Pal-Tech ventilation system was starting to grow dramatically and there was a desire from the company to take it to a bigger territory – more national. And that’s exactly what Jerry did – he traveled all over the country, working with sales reps in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, California to name just a few states – selling the ventilation system and the Pal-Tech controls.

Said Shold, “As General Manager of PALS, Jerry Isley has met so many people and represented the turkey industry well.”

Isley  was most recently a Board Director and Past President of the Midwest Poultry Federation Board of Directors and he participate in many industry events through the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Broiler & Egg Association of Minnesota.

“Jerry is intending to retire from PALS later this year and he and his wife, Lois, wuld like to settle somewhere warm in retirement,” said Shold. “On behalf of MTGA, I am proud to honor Jerry Isley with the 2012 MTGA Allied Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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 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.

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