MTGA Executive Director Honored for 10 Years of Service




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Photo – Steve Olson

(Buffalo, MN ) … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has honored Steve Olson, Executive Director of the organization, for his 10 years of service and employment.

“I’ve gotten to know Steve well over the past several years and MTGA is lucky to have him working on our behalf,” said 2010-11 MTGA President Kent Meschke of Little Falls, Minn. “We thank him for all the time and effort he puts forth in his position as executive director. His leadership and direction is crucial to the success of MTGA and Minnesota’s turkey industry.”

The official award presentation took place at the MTGA’ s annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn. on March 16.

As chief operating office of MTGA and the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC), Olson oversees MTGA’s legislative and regulatory affairs, financial management, human resources, membership relations, and maintaining liaison activities with other commodity groups, the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, National Turkey Federation, and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute. He also assist the MTGA/MTRPC Board of Directors in developing its action plans and seeing those plans implemented at a staff level. Finally, he serves as Executive Director of the Midwest Poultry Federation (MPF) and the Broiler & Egg Association of Minnesota (BEAM).

Olson has Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota. He is also a graduate of the Minnesota Agricultural & Rural Leadership Program (MARL) and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

Prior to MTGA, he most recently was employed as General Manager of Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) serving 22 counties in southwestern Minnesota. In this position, he worked with entrepreneurs, existing businesses and commodity groups on new technology and new product ideas that add value to agricultural commodities.

Prior to that Steve worked for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in Ag Planning and Development.  He was a staff person working with the Feedlot and Manure Management Committee (FMMAC) and co-chaired the FMMAC Livestock Odor Task Force. He also has worked as a legislative intern for Agri-Growth Council, monitoring legislation pertaining to agriculture and rural interest, and also as a supervisor at University of Minnesota Hospital.

For more information, please contact MTGA at (763) 682-2171 or visit

About MTGA

The MTGA, founded in 1939 and currently headquartered 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 and MTGA Executive Director Steve Olson.

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