MTGA Announces 2011-12 President, Executive Committee

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Contact: Lara Durben, (763) 682-2171 or

Officers Hail from Cannon Falls, Roseau, Northfield and Little Falls

Executive Committee Photo |  President Lindell Photo

(Buffalo, MN)… Jeff Lindell, Cannon Falls, Minn., has been elected President of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) for 2011-2012.

“I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that MTGA will face in the year to come,” said Lindell after officially being handed the presidential gavel at the MTRPC-MTGA Annual Meeting in on March 16 in St. Paul, Minn.

Lindell was raised on a dairy farm near Vasa, MN.  He graduated from Cannon Falls High School in 1976 where he was active in FFA. He married Mary Roush in 1977 and have two daughters who are also married to farmers. Karrie and Dan Kuhn,  Nora and TJ Nordling all from Randolph. They have also been blessed with seven grandchildren.

The Lindells owned and operated a dairy herd in the early 1980s. Jeff began to work part time for Peterson Turkey Hatchery in 1983 in the turkey breeder operation. In 1986 he was asked to manage a new brood-growout barn being planned by the Petersons on a farm near Randolph/Stanton. He raises  about 50,000 heavy toms on this farm. Lindells also continue to grow corn and soybeans. In addition to the MTGA, Jeff is also a member of the Randolph FFA Alumni, and the Dakota County Farm Bureau.

In their free time Jeff and Mary enjoy spending time with their Grandchildren, and also spending time at their cabin near Birchwood WI.

Jeff is serving his 3rd term on the MTGA-MTRPC Board.

Lindell succeeds Kent Meschke, who will officially take over as Past President of the two organizations. Meschke owns and operates Meschke Poultry, which produces 700,000 light hens per year that are marketed through Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls. The operation consists of brood and grow out facilities and a feed manufacturing facility in Little Falls. He was just elected to his third term on the MTGA and MTRPC Boards.

The remaining two members of the MTGA / MTRPC Executive Committee areVice President Duane Jaenicke, P & J Turkeys, Roseau, Minn; and Treasurer John Zimmerman, P & J Products Co., Northfield, MN.

Vice President Duane Jaenicke, Roseau, runs P & J Farms along with his son, Scott. The operation raises approximately 100,000 to 130,000 hens for Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls.

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 was elected to the MTGA-MTRPC Board in 2005, 2008 and again this year in 2011. 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.

Treasurer John 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 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). He is board secretary of the River County Co-op, financial secretary of Dennison Lutheran Church, and vice president of the MARL Alumni Association.John was elected to the MTGA-MTRPC Board in 2007 and again in 2010.He and his wife, Kara, live in Northfield.

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:From left, Vice President Kent Meschke, President Jeff Lindell and Treasurer John Zimmerman. Not pictured: Vice President Duane Jaenicke.

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