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MN Turkey Council Board Election Results Announced

News Release

For immediate release

Contact:  Lara Durben

Phone:    (763) 682-2171

E-mail:     ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

 

Directors Hail from Princeton, Redwood Falls, Rothsay, Willmar and Wood Lake

(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

Scott Heymer, Princeton

Region 2

Paul Kvistad, Wood Lake

At-Large Positions

Gene Brownfield, Redwood Falls

Robert Orsten, Willmar

Max Velo, Rothsay

Incumbents elected to their third terms on the Board include Gene Brownfield and Robert Orsten; new Directors are Scott Heymer, Paul Kvistad and Max Velo.

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 six times per year to guide MTRPC’s activities. Board members also serve as advocates for Minnesota’s turkey industry. Turkey farmers 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 (Grower-At-Large)

Gene Brownfield currently produces hens on farms in Renville and Brown counties.

This is Gene’s third term on the MTGA and MTRPC Boards and he currently serves as Vice President. He also represents MTGA on the Minnesota Ag Water Resources Coalition (MAWRC).

Gene currently serves as an Elder at Cornerstone Christian Church and is a director in several local and state ministries. He also serves on several 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. Gene’s hobbies include fishing and relaxing at the lake cabin.

Paul Kvistad (Region 2)

Paul Kvistad, a second generation turkey farmer from Yellow Medicine County, owns and operates Paul Kvistad Poultry, which produces 200,000 light hens per year.  This is Paul’s first term on the MTGA and MTRPC Boards.

Currently Paul is serving on the Education/Workforce Committee for MTGA and has been on the board of the Yellow Medicine County Corn Growers for 15 years.  He served as a past member/president for the Echo Lions Club for 12 years and a past board member for the Farmers Co-op Elevator for 9 years.  In addition, he continues to usher at Swan Lake Church.

Paul and his wife Jamie have three sons:  Hunter, Payton and Brock.  In his spare time, he enjoys watching their sons’ sporting events, fishing and spending time at their lake home.

 

Scott Heymer (Region 1)

Scott Heymer, the owner of Red Bridge Farms, Inc. in Princeton, has been involved in the turkey industry for 38 years. Annually he raises 150,000 heavy toms and this is Scott’s first term on the MTGA and MTRPC Boards.

Scott and his wife Lennea have been married for 30 years and have two children:  Becky and Brian.  Brian has joined them in working on the farm.  Scott enjoys camping, kayaking, ice fishing and deer hunting.

Robert Orsten (Breeder-At-Large)

Robert Orsten has worked 23 years in the turkey industry. With farms in Kandiyohi and Swift counties, his family raises 70,000 breeder turkeys and also grows corn, beans and hay. This is Robert’s third term on the MTGA and MTRPC Boards and he currently serves as Treasurer.

Robert served on the school board for Community Christian School eight years; four years as secretary and four years as president. He is currently a township supervisor, elected in 2008.

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.

Max Velo (Grower At Large)

Max has been actively involved in the turkey industry for 10 years.  With a farm in Ottertail County, he raises 400,000 hens per year.  This is Max’s first term on the MTGA and MTRPC Boards.

Max’s family consists of Piper, Daryl, Kelsey, Alanna and Nita. In his spare time he enjoys music and reading books.

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 2013. 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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A Look Inside a Turkey Barn

Presidential Turkey Flock 2013 | via www.minnesotaturkey.com/presidentialturkey

We’ve got new video from the Burkel family – specifically Alex, Jack and Emily – who took a video camera into one of their large turkey barns and provided a little tour and some information about what turkeys drink and eat.

The barn featured in the video is housing about 4,000 turkeys right now – you can see that they aren’t raised in cages (which is sometimes a common misperception) and they have plenty of space to move around.

Turkeys are housed in modern barns like these because it protects them from the weather elements – whether it’s really hot in the summer or below zero in the winter – and it keeps predators away, as well.

The turkeys’  barn is much like our own houses – it provides heating, cooling and a clean, safe environment in which to live.

As Alex explains in the video, the family chose about 80 birds out of this larger flock to raise as the “Presidential flock.”  Once those birds grew bigger, the Presidential flock was narrowed down to about 20 hopefuls, which in turn, was reduced to less than 10 who have “made the cut.”  Time will tell which two birds are the most well-behaved to make the trip to Washington DC!

Check out the video and let us know if you learned anything new about turkeys!

MN Turkey Council Board Election Results Announced

For immediate release

Contact:  Lara Durben

Phone:    (763) 682-2171

E-mail:     lara@minnesotaturkey.com

 

MN Turkey Council Board Election Results Announced

Directors Hail from Viking, Morristown, Melrose, Litchfield and Kensington

(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 Umber, Viking

Region 2

Kim Halvorson, Morristown

Grower-At-Large

Leon Klaphake, Melrose

Michael Langmo, LItchfield

Breeder-At-Large

Dana Nelson, Kensington

Incumbents elected to their second terms on the Board include John Umber and Michael Langmo; new Directors are Kim Halvorson, Leon Klaphake and Michael Langmo.

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 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:

John Umber – Region 1 candidate

John Umber has been in the turkey industry for 26 years, currently raising 160,000 hens for Umber Turkeys Inc. in Viking, MN. This will be John’s 2nd term on the MTGA/MTRPC Board of Directors.

John has volunteered with Minnesota Extension, been a member of a five-county feedlot committee, and is also a member of the Marshall County Feedlot Planning Committee.

He and his wife, Gloria, have three children: Steven, Amanda and Desiree. John’s hobbies include moto-cross, fishing, paintball and hunting.

Kim Halvorson – Region 2 candidate

Kim Halvorson of Morristown, MN owns and operates Halvorson Farms with her husband, Dennis. She has been a turkey farmer for 23 years and raises approximately 100,000 heavy toms/year (about 3.2 million pounds/year) annually in Rice County.

This is Kim’s 1st term on the MTGA/MTRPC Board of Directors.

Kim is currently a member of the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce; is a minority liaison with Farm Service Agency; is the current vice-chair of the Rice County District One Hospital Board of Directors. She also served on the Rice county Board of Adjustment from 2006-2011; the Rice County Planning and Zoning Commission from 2002-2011 (serving as past chairwoman); and is a founding member and past chairwoman of the Rice County Childcare Association from 1995-2002.

Kim has conducted many media interviews about the turkey industry and was also featured on a DVD compiled by the Minnesota Farm and Food Coalition about livestock production in Minnesota. She is seeking her first term on the MTGA and MTRPC Board of Directors.

She and Dennis have three daughters – Breann, Benita and Greta – and a son, Bernt. Their daughters are out of college and Bernt will be transfering to the University of Minnesota beginning January 2012.

Leon Klaphake – Grower-At-Large candidate

Leon Klaphake of Klaphake Feed Mill, Inc. in Melrose, MN has logged 31 years in the turkey industry. He and his family raise approximately 1.8 million hens annually in Stearns, Douglas and Todd counties. This is Leon’s 1st term on the MTGA/MTRPC Board of Directors.

He sits on the finance committee for St. Mary’s Parish and is also a member of Stearns County Pheasants Forever. Issues of particular importance to Leon include animal welfare, keeping young people involved and educated about the industry, and ethanol.

He and his wife, Mary, have two children – Ashley (a senior at St. Cloud State University) and Chris (a sophomore at St. Cloud State University).  Leon’s hobbies include golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Michael Langmo – Grower-At-Large candidate

Michael Langmo has spent 31 years in the turkey industry, currently raising approximately 190,000 turkeys annually in Eden Valley, MN – mostly light hens with a couple of heavy hen/consumer tom flocks. This is Michael’s 2nd term on the MTGA/MTRPC Board of Directors.

For the past 14 years, Michael has been chairman of the worship and music committee of his church, where he and his wife are also actively involved in the church choir, handbell choir and men’s quartet.

Michael holds a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota in agriculture education. He and his wife, Debbie, have been marred 27 years and their son, David, is married with two children. Michael and Debbie enjoy camping and spending time with the grandchildren as well as their two Labrador retrievers. Michael also enjoys woodworking/building furniture.

Dana Nelson

Dana Nelson of Oakdale Farm in Kensington raises breeder hens in Douglas County and is a fourth generation turkey farmer. His great grandmother started raising turkeys at the turn of the centure and then his grandfather expanded the operation.

This is Dana’s 1st term on the MTGA/MTRPC Board of Directors and he will represent turkey breeders from across Minnesota. Dana is also involved in the church council for Messiah Lutheran Church and has been an adult leader of the Runestone 4-H Club for six years.

Dana and his wife, Deb, have three daughters: Erica, Jenna and Lauren. When he’s not raising turkeys, Dana enjoys gardening and antique tractors.

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 2011. 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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