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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!

Fun Facts about Minnesota Turkey & Turkey To Go Concession

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  • Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 55 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.
  • Turkey To Go was named the People’s Choice Award for “Best Food or Beverage” at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair!
  • 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 multiple locations around the Twin Cities for year-round customers. Up-to-date location information on a daily basis can be found at www.twitter.com/turkeytogo or visit www.turkeytogo.com for details.
    • Mobile food cart in 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.
    • Food court (indoor) location with an expanded menu in downtown Minneapolis in the Baker Building (skyway level), 706 Second Avenue South
    • Food court (indoor) location with an expanded menu in Downtown St. Paul in the Alliance Bank Building (skyway level), 56 East Sixth Street
  • 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 47 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.
  • And just for fun … MTGA’s partners who help us run Turkey To Go — The Turkey Guys —  are also the stars of a new HGTV show called “Renovate to Rent!”

Gobbling Up Turkey To Go – a 55-Year Minnesota State Fair Tradition

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Gobbling Up Turkey To Go – Named People’s Choice for Best Fair Food in 2012!

(Buffalo, MN) … Turkey To Go concession stand couldn’t be prouder of its 55-year tradition at the Minnesota State Fair.Owned by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) with day-to-day operations handled by The Turkey Guys, Turkey To Go has built its reputation as a State Fair mainstay, serving up turkey since 1958!

In 2012, Turkey To Go was named “People’s Choice for Best Fair Food or Beverage”, a new honor bestowed by the State Fair and voted on by fairgoers.

MTGA Executive Director Steve Olson says the goal of Turkey To Go 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.

Visit us at the State Fair for a Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich!

Visit us at the State Fair for a Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich!

“It’s exciting for Turkey To Go to be named the favorite food at the State Fair last year,” said Olson. “With over five decades of experience serving up a variety of turkey products at at the State Fair, we’re proud of the way our Giant Juicy Turkey sandwich has taken off in popularity.  And 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 continues to expand its reach year-round.”

Turkey To Go’s Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich comes in its original version or a gigantic half-pound option. The concession stand also serves up its 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.

MTGA works in tandem with its partner, The Turkey Guys, to ensure the success of Turkey to Go at the State Fair. While MTGA handles much of the behind-the-scenes details of the operation prior to and during the State Fair and is responsible for upkeep to the building and equipment, The Turkey Guys – better known as Drew Levin and Daniel Perkins – bring in their staff to run the concession stand, including cooking and serving up turkey to hungry fairgoers.

The Turkey Guys may look familiar to folks who stop by the concession stand – they star in a new HGTV show, “Renovate to Rent,” which follows another one of their successful business ventures – buying properties in the Twin Cities, renovating them and then renting them out.

In addition, 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. This is the sixth straight year of continuing this tradition of giving back.

“Minnesota’s 250 family farmers are dedicated to raising the highest quality turkey for consumers,” said Olson. “It’s been exciting to showcase Minnesota-raised turkey products through all of the Turkey To Go ventures, and

Everyone loves our Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwiches!

Everyone loves our Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwiches!

especially continue our longstanding presence at the Minnesota State Fair.”

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 (between sections 112-113 and and also in 318), 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.  You can also find Minnesota Turkey on Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/MinnesotaTurkey).

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MTGA Announces Allied Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

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Jerry Foss, Huvepharma Inc., Honored For His Years of Service and Dedication

(Buffalo, MN) … Jerry Foss of Victoria, Minn. 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 Nisswa, Minn. Foss

Jerry Foss, 2013 Allied Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Jerry Foss (middle), 2013 Allied Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, flanked by MTGA Allied Committee members Randy Olsen of Best Veterinary Solutions and Gregg Veldman of Evonik.

received the 2013 MTGA Allied Lifetime Achievement Award.

Foss currently serves as the Director of the Livestock Business Unit at Huvepharma, a firm manufacturing feed additives and veterinary pharmaceuticals for the animal health and nutrition industry.

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 Randy Olson, Best Veterinary Solutions and a long-time colleague and friend of Foss, made the awards presentation.

Jerry has more than 27 years experience in the animal health and nutrition industry. He has held several positions in key animal health companies, including:

  • Regional Sales Manager of Medicated Feed Additives, Packaged Veterinary Products, and Vitamin Premixes at Roche Animal Health
  • National Account and Regional Sales Manager of Medicated Feed Additives, Packaged Veterinary Products, and Vitamin Premixes at Roche Animal Health
  • Director of Sales and Marketing North America at Gelita
  • Director of Sales and Marketing at Van Beek Global
  • Sales Manager – Livestock at Phibro Animal Health
  • Manager of Ridley Equine Specialty Products

Jerry also serves on the American Feed Ingredients Association’s Marketing Committee and is active in poultry, dairy, swine and beef industry groups – including a long-time member and supporter of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and an exhibitor at the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention.

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 47 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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Grant Shold, Sauk Rapids, Minn., Honored with MTGA’s Most Prestigious Award

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Grant Shold, Sauk Rapids, Minn., Honored with MTGA’s Most Prestigious Award

(Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) presented its prestigious Ranelius Award to long-time Land ‘O Lakes (now Purina Feeds) employee Grant Shold, Sauk Rapids, Minn., at its annual meeting

Grant Shold with MTGA President Duane Jaenicke

Grant Shold with MTGA President Duane Jaenicke

on March 13 in Saint Paul, Minn.

“The Ranelius Award is the most prestigious honor given by the MTGA,” said Duane Jaenicke, 2012-13 MTGA President. “It signifies leadership and dedication to the industry based on contributions made to enhance Minnesota’s turkey industry, and Grant Shold is well deserved of this special honor.”

Shold grew up on a farm near Albert City, Iowa, where his family raised cattle, hogs and turkeys. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in poultry science, and afterwards, served four years in the Air Force. Following that, he went to work for Land O’ Lakes as a poultry production specialist, which had responsibility for selling poults (baby turkeys), feed and buying turkeys for Land O’Lakes’ four processing plants.

His 38 years of work with Land O’ Lakes took him to Willmar, Albert Lea and finally Sauk Rapids, Minn., where he worked different positions – all with the focus on turkeys. Since the mid-1990s, he has worked in sales for the Land O’Lakes Purina Feed division and he covers turkey and gamebird feed sales in central and northern Minnesota, North Dakota, southeast Iowa and Central Wisconsin. Shold is planning his retirement this fall.

“Grant knows turkeys and has been a dedicated friend to the turkey industry in the upper Midwest for several decades,” said Jaenicke. “We will miss him and wish him well in his upcoming retirement, and we thank him for the many years of service he has given us.”

Shold served on the MTGA Board of Directors for six years (2007-2013) and has also received the MTGA Allied Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Shold and his wife, Donna, have been married 32 years. They have three children and two granddaughters, all of whom live close by.

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 ldurben@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)

              

Photo cutline: 2012-13 MTGA President Duane Jaenicke, right, with Grant Shold.

MTGA Announces Ranelius Scholarship Recipients

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MTGA Announces Ranelius Scholarship Recipients

(Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) announced two 2013 Ranelius Scholarship awards for $2,500 each to worthy University of Minnesota students at its annual meeting on March 13 in Saint Paul, Minn.

This is a competitive award given to a current student(s) with an interest in poultry and agriculture. The recipients are as follows:

Lindsay Bush

Bush is a first-year veterinary student at the University of Minnesota and has a BS in animal science. Her career goal is to work as a pathologist helping poultry farmers identify the cause of mortality and prevent future loss.

Michaela “Mickie” Trudeau

Trudeau is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota majoring in animal science. She is a member of the Pre-Vet and Gopher Poultry Science clubs and has been a student worker under the tutelage of poultry Extension research Dr. Sally Noll. After graduation, she plans to either attend veterariny school (with an emphasis on poultry) or attend graduate school to work on turkey nutrition research.

“On behalf of MTGA, I congratulate all these young people 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 or its Ranelius Scholarship program, please 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)

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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