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Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA)
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Scott Heymer Represented Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
BUFFALO, Minn. – Minnesota Turkey Growers Association member Scott Heymer met with Congressman Pete Stauber at a Stanchfield farm recently to share the challenges presented by the pandemic for turkey farmers across the district and statewide. Joining Heymer and Stauber was Minnesota Turkey Growers Executive Director Sarah Anderson.
“The pandemic has been hard on all families – especially our turkey farm families, said Heymer. “Grateful Congressman Stauber invited us to this event and took the time to listen to our concerns and work for assistance in mitigating our losses.”
A 45-year turkey farming veteran and past Vice President of the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Heymer conveyed the importance of the turkey industry to Minnesota’s economy. Our state produces the most turkeys in the nation and our farmers and stakeholders contribute more than $1 billion to Minnesota’s economy and generate over 26,000 jobs.
Joining the Congressman was the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The tour was an opportunity to learn about the operations and conservation practices on the Don and Shaun Fiedler’s farm. Congressman Stauber and Administrator Wheeler discussed opportunities for future partnerships and best conservation practices with those in attendance.
“Minnesota’s turkey industry is constantly working to improve methods and conserve resources,” said MTGA Executive Director Anderson. “Our farmers financially support research at the University of Minnesota on best practices.”
Others on the tour included representatives from corn and pork. A contingency of state lawmakers also joined the group. Senators Mark Koran and Carrie Ruud along with Representatives Sondra Erickson, Brian Johnson, Kurt Daudt, Nathan Nelson, and Dale Lueck were present to hear from farmers.
The MTGA is a trade association representing over 450 turkey growers across the state. Many of our growers come from multi-generational family farms. Our organization also represents turkey processors and industry stakeholders. Together, we advocate for the interests of the Minnesota turkey farmer and industry as a whole.