MTGA Welcomes New Allied Director to Board

News Release

For immediate release

Contact:  Lara Durben

Phone:   (763) 682-2171



(Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has appointed Jeff Stauffenecker, Willmar, Minn., as the newest Allied Director to its Board. Stauffenecker is co-owner of Protein Alliance, which represents Northern Pride Cooperative in the sales of all its turkey products. The company also works with all of the turkey processors in the country, buying and selling all forms of turkey products to domestic and export customers.

Stauffenecker grew up on a turkey farm in northwestern Minnesota. After graduating from NDSU, he worked for Northern Pride for 2 years working with the growers as the procurement manager and coordinating production in the plant. He then went to work for Jennie-O as a commodity sales manager for 4 years, selling commodity whole birds and parts, working with the school lunch program, exports and purchasing additional meat needs. In 1999, he co-founded Protein Alliance.

Stauffenecker currently serves on the MTRPC Promotions Committee. He has also been a youth coach and coordinator with the Willmar Soccer Association and is a volunteer at the Willmar Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner through Redeemer Lutheran Church.

“We are pleased to welcome Jeff to the MTGA Board of Directors,” said 2012-13 MTGA President Duane Jaenicke of Roseau, Minn. “Jeff’s knowledge and expertise on the sales and marketing side of the turkey industry will be greatly valued by the farmers and other allied directors on the Board.”

Stauffenecker’s three-year term on the MTGA Board began March 1, 2012. For more information, please contact MTGA at (763) 682-2171 or visit

About MTGA

The MTGA –  founded in 1939 and is headquartered in Buffalo, Minn. –  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 47 million turkeys in 2011. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit



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