MTGA Announces Ranelius Scholarship Recipients





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Contact: Lara Durben – (763) 682-2171

Photo – Breanna Wimmler (Katie Zenk not pictured)

(Buffalo, MN )… The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) presented two Ranelius Scholarship awards to worthy college students at its annual meeting on March 16 in St. Paul, Minn.

This is a competitive award given to a current student(s) with an interest in poultry. The following two individuals will receive $2,500 scholarships:  Breanna Wimmler and Katie Zenk.

Breanna Wimmler

Breanna is a sophomore in animal science at the University of Minnesota.  In addition to working with Poultry Extension Specialist Dr. Sally Noll in the nutrition research lab, she is also a leader in the University’s Poultry Science Club having worked with MTGA to coordinate a turkey industry tour earlier this year.  Breanna also has completed the first phase of Midwest Poultry Consortium’s Center of Excellence.  In high school she placed as the top individual in the Minnesota FFA Poultry Career Development Event.  She has been accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Vetfast program and plans to earned both a veterinary degree and masters in public health.

Katie Zenk

Katie Zenk also was the top individual in the Minnesota FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event.  She has served as the Minnesota State FFA Vice President and was a finalist for the National FFA Poultry Proficiency award.  In 2010 she interned with Land O’Lakes in their Government Relations division, and as a result her experiences, Katie plans to pursue a career in public policy working for farmers’ interests. This summer she will be interning with the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. She currently is a junior at the University of Minnesota.

“On behalf of MTGA, I congratulation both Breanna and Katie 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 Ranelius Scholarship program, please contact Lara Durben at or visit


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 45 million turkeys in 2010. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit

Photo cutline: 2010-11 MTGA President Kent Meschke with Breanna Wimmler. (Katie Zenk not pictured.)

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