MTGA Announces Steve Olson’s Departure After Nearly 19 Years of Leadership

For immediate release Contact: Lara Durben, 763-682-2171 or (Buffalo, Minn.) … It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) Board of Directors announces Steve Olson’s departure as Executive Director, effective June 28, 2019. Since 2000, Olson has played a critical role in the development and success […]

Governor Walz Proclaims June 24-28 as “Minnesota Turkey Growers Week” for MTGA’s 80th Anniversary

For Immediate Release Contact: Lara Durben, MTGA Communications Director 763/682-2171 or   Buffalo, MN (June 24, 2019) – Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed the week of June 24-28 as “Minnesota Turkey Growers Week” in honor of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association’s (MTGA) 80th anniversary. MTGA was formed in 1939 by a group of turkey […]

Episode #26 – Turkey Grow-out Farms

We’re excited to continue our “Turkey Mini-Series” on What The Cluck! It used to be, 30 years ago, where a turkey farmer would have breeder hens and toms, hatch the eggs and raise the turkeys all on the same farm.  Farmers have since specialized so they can focus their knowledge on a particular segment.  Each […]

Genetics vs. Gene Modification: A Useful Tutorial!

One of our allied members, Hendrix- Genetics (which owns Hybrid Turkeys), posted this terrific video showing a great explanation of genetics versus gene modification. Since not all of us are science people around here, we thought you might like to view it too. It’s a quick video that helps dispel a lot of the confusion […]

Minnesota Turkey: A Trusted Source of Information

Recently Fair Oaks Farm – a major dairy and pork agritourism operation in Indiana – was targeted by animal activists. Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance wrote an outstanding blog post for on Fair Oaks Farm’s response, which was exactly right at the exact right time. Hannah wrote: “I’d like to commend Fair […]


Get to know us – We’re UMASH (Note from the blog editor: We thought this would be a great opportunity for you to get to know UMASH and what it does to keep farmers and workers free of injuries. Read on to find out more!) The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is […]

MTGA Welcomes Pam Debele as New Ag Program Specialist / Membership Coordinator

For immediate release Contact:  Lara Durben Phone:     (763) 682-2171  |  E-mail: (Buffalo, MINN) … Pam Debele of St. Michael, Minn., has joined the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) as its Ag Program Specialist and Membership Coordinator. Her first day on the job was January 14. Pam comes to MTGA most recently from the […]

Statement on New Commissioner of Agriculture for Minnesota

Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Statement on Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Appointment The following statement may be attributed to Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Executive Director Steve Olson regarding the appointment of Thom Peterson as Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner. “Congratulations to Thom Peterson on his appointment as Minnesota’s Commissioner of Agriculture. Our organization has enjoyed working […]

Minnesota Turkey Donates 12,350 Pounds of Turkey to Hunger Solutions Minnesota

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Lara Durben, MTGA Communications Director 763/682-2171 or   Buffalo, MN (November 21, 2018) – Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) – the nonprofit organization that represents the state’s turkey farmers and turkey companies – has announced a donation of 12,350 pounds of turkey products to Hunger Solutions Minnesota. President […]