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(Buffalo, MN)… Turkey farmers Dana Nelson of Kensington, Minn., and Leon Klaphake of Melrose, Minn., along with Jeff Stauffenecker of Protein Alliance, Brooten, Minn., were honored by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) for their many years of service to the organizations’ Boards of Directors at its Annual Meeting on March 14 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Nelson and Klaphake both served six years total for the two organizations. Stauffenecker served six years as an Allied Member Representative on the MTGA Board of Directors.
“On behalf of MTGA, I thank these three directors for their dedication and leadership to our organization,” said MTRPC President Kim Halvorson. “They have made significant contributions to our organization and Minnesota’s turkey industry. Their commitment to MTGA, MTRPC, and to our industry has been invaluable. They will be missed on the Board.”
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 450 turkey farmers raising approximately 46 million turkeys annually. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S.
MTRPC is the oldest check-off based commodity organization in Minnesota, celebrating 50 years in 2015. Since 1965, the MTRPC has worked diligently to encourage consumers to eat more turkey year-round, sponsor innovative turkey research and educate a variety of audiences about the benefits of turkey. Programming at the MTRPC is funded by a voluntary grower checkoff program.