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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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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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Willmar FFA Students, Life-Science Innovations Staffer Honored

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Contact:  Lara Durben

Phone:   (763) 682-2171

E-mail:   lara@minnesotaturkey.com

Willmar FFA Students, Life-Science Innovations Staffer Honored

(Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has honored five individuals this year for their extraordinary promotion of Minnesota turkey and their dedication and commitment to the goals of the association.

Receiving the 2012 MTGA President’s Award are:

  • Brianna Hoover
  • Brenna Ahlquist
  • Preston Asche
  • Val Brown
  • Jennifer Baumgartner

Brianna, Brenna, Preston and Val are Willmar High School students and FFA members who were instrumental to the success of the 2011 President Turkey project that was coordinated by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Willmar Poultry Company and the National Turkey Federation.

The students cared daily for a special flock of turkeys last fall, two of which were destined for a trip to the White House to be pardoned by President Barack Obama. In addition to the daily care and human interaction the birds needed in order to be trained for any Presidential duties, the students also made educational school visits in the Twin Cities, conducted media interviews, and even blogged about their experiences raising the Presidential turkeys.

Jennifer Baumgartner, whose full-time role with Life-Science Innovations and Willmar Poultry Company includes communications & employee relations, was honored for her hard work and efforts in organizing the students and their busy schedules, assisting MTGA with photos and video-taping, coordinating on-site media stories in Willmar, and serving as a chaperone to Washington DC, where she and the FFA students witnessed the Presidential pardon of the official National Thanksgiving Turkey.

“This entire project was made even more special because of these FFA students and the assistance of Jenn Baumgartner,” said MTGA Executive Director Steve Olson. “We appreciated the time and work they all did to make sure this project went off without a hitch. They were excellent spokespeople for Minnesota’s turkey farmers.”

The official award presentation took place at the MTGA’ s annual meeting in Saint Paul, Minn. on March 14.

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 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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MTGA Offers Scholarship Program

Contact: Lara Durben

Phone: 763/682-2171

Email: lara@minnesotaturkey.com

(Buffalo, MN) … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association is pleased to announce its 2012 Ranelius Scholarship Program, designed to encourage students enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution in Minnesota to prepare for a career in some phase of the turkey industry.

A total of $5,000 is available for scholarship awards. (Actual scholarship amount given out to worthy recipient(s) will be designated by MTGA Board of Directors, based on eligibility and criteria listed below.)

Eligibility:  The MTGA scholarship recipient(s) must be a citizen of the state of Minnesota and either be enrolled or plan to be enrolled in a post high school educational program that will prepare them for employment in some phase of the poultry industry.  While there are no restrictions on the major or program selected, it must provide suitable training for the applicant’s stated career goals.  Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received an MTGA scholarship, and who are either members of the MTGA, or who are family members or employees of members of the MTGA.

Judging Criteria: The selection of the scholarship recipient will be made by an MTGA Board of Directors and based on the applications received.  The committee may withhold the scholarship award if there are insufficient worthy applicants.  An applicant’s scholastic record is a major factor.  Experience, activities and honors received will be considered.  The applicant’s demonstrated interest in the poultry industry, as reflected by past activities and a statement of career plans are also important considerations.

Application:  The application consists of a 3-page listing of requested information (format provided by the MTGA); a 1-page written statement from the applicant; and one letter of recommendation.

Deadline:  The deadline for receiving entries is February 15, 2012.  Mail entries to:  Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Scholarship Selection Committee, 108 Marty Drive, Buffalo, MN  55313.

For additional info or an application:  Visit www.minnesotaturkey.com/education or contact the MTGA at 108 Marty Drive, Buffalo, MN  55313; phone, 763/682-2171; fax, 763/682-5546;   matt@minnesotaturkey.com.

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About MTGA

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.

 

Turkey To Go: A State Fair Mainstay that’s Expanding Across the Twin Cities!

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Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association – Ph: 763/682-2171 or lara@minnesotaturkey.com

 

(Buffalo, MN) … What do the Minnesota State Fair, Target Field and the Twin Cities mobile food cart scene all have in common?  Turkey To Go – home of the Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich!

Now in its 53rd year, Turkey To Go concession will serve up the tastiest turkey at the 2011 Minnesota State Fair. The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA), which owns the concession, also is excited to announce some upgrades to its menu – including a Half-Pound Giant Turkey Sandwich for those with the heartiest of appetites for turkey, and three new optional toppings for the sandwich and the popular turkey drumsticks.  The topping choices include: bleu cheese crumbles and buffalo sauce; brie cheese and cranberry sauce; and crispy chopped bacon and sweet glaze.

“Customers at the Turkey To Go mobile food carts in downtown Minneapolis have raved about the toppings, so we are very pleased to be able offer these delicious options to State Fairgoers as well,” said Steve Olson, Executive Director of the MTGA.

“The toppings pair equally well with the turkey sandwich or the jumbo turkey drumstick, which is even bigger in size this year – averaging a whopping two pounds!” said Drew Levin of Turkey To Go. “And of course, the turkey drumstick will be available in original, sweet glaze and buffalo flavors, as well.”

For the fourth 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 State Fair location and its popular mobile food carts in downtown Minneapolis, Turkey To Go debuted this year at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, and can be found near section

113 on the main level behind home plate.  And this fall, MTGA is excited to announce that two new Turkey To Go storefronts will open on the skyway level in both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The skyway locations will be in the Baker Building, 706 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, and in the Alliance Bank Center, 56 East Sixth Street, St. Paul.

“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 option at South 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue is utilized during Minnesota Twins’ home games, and the food cart is also in Uptown Minneapolis on weekend nights. For up-to-date location information, follow Turkey To Go on Twitter (@TurkeyToGo).

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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10 Fun Facts about Minnesota Turkey and Turkey To Go Concession

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Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association

Ph: 763/682-2171 (office),  612/554-0920 (cell), lara@minnesotaturkey.com

 

Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 53 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 50,000 pounds of turkey at Turkey To Go this year.

Turkey To Go has expanded its mobile food cart presence into multiple locations around the Twin Cities. Up-to-date location information 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 113.
  • Uptown Minneapolis – Friday and Saturday nights.

Turkey To Go is opening two new store fronts this fall!

  • 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 Street

Turkeys 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. Find out how it easy it is to “upgrade” your favorite meals with turkey at www.mealupgrade.com.

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 Farmers Offer “Free Groceries for a Year!”

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Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association – lara@minnesotaturkey.com or 763/682-2171

 

(Buffalo, MN) … Kent Meschke and John Gorton, turkey farmers from Minnesota, are two of the 13 farmers offering all Minnesota residents a chance to win free groceries for an entire year* and two $1,000 grocery prizes.

“As a Minnesota farmer, I’m thrilled to offer free groceries for a year to the consumers of our great state,” said Gorton.  “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.”

Gorton is a third generation turkey farmer who raises 500,000 turkeys near Pelican Rapids, MN while Meschke, also a third generation turkey farmer, raises 700,000 turkeys near Little Falls, MN.

Enter to win by visiting the Minnesota Farmers Feed US website, www.farmersfeedus.org/mn.  The site features 13 Minnesota farmers and their families who show how they produce safe, nutritious and affordable food through online tours of their farms. You can also register for the sweepstakes and meet some of the campaign’s featured farmers in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture booth at the Minnesota State Fair, August 25 – September 5.

Consumers can register with each of the 13 featured farmers daily through October 13, the end of the 60-day program.

Minnesota Farmers Feed US coordinator Lisa Reeck says it’s been a popular consumer education campaign here and in eight other states.

“Our featured Minnesota farmers are among more than 60 farmers nationwide participating in the campaign and presenting many different production methods and farm sizes,” said Reeck.  “As consumers take a greater interest in how their food is grown, this campaign offers an important opportunity for farmers to address their questions.”

Over the course of the 60-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).

Minnesota Farmers Feed US is sponsored by several Minnesota agriculture groups including the Broiler and Egg Association of Minnesota, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion  Council, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council and GNP Company.

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 expected to raise approximately 46 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 family farmers. For more information, visit www.minnesotaturkey.com.

*Based on Food Marketing Institute figures, a $5,000 value.