Turkey Farmer Honored for Years of Volunteer Dedication

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Contact:  Lara Durben

Phone: (763) 682-2171

E-mail: ldurben@minnesotaturkey.com

(Buffalo, MN )  … The Presidents of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) recently honored John Burkel, a turkey farmer from Badger, Minn., for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of Minnesota’s turkey farmers for nearly two decades.

Burkel served nine years on the Boards of MTGA and MTRPC, including a one-year stint as president of both organizations. Burkel also recently completed his 11th and final year on the National Turkey Federation (NTF) Executive Committee.

“John’s leadership guided us through many important projects for our organizations,” said MTGA/MTRPC Executive Director Steve Olson. “On the NTF Committee, he has been a tireless advocate for turkey farmers and served as Chairman of that organzation in 2013.”

The MTGA and MTRPC President’s Awards are given annually to individual(s) chosen specifically for their dedication and commitment to the goals of the organization.

The official award presentation took place at the MTGA’s annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. on March 14.

For more information on the MTGA or its President’s Award program, please contact the MTGA at (763) 682-2171 or visit www.Minnesotaturkey.com.



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 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.

For further details on both organizations, visit , www.minnesotaturkey.com, find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MinnesotaTurkey) and follow us on Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey)


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