Outgoing MTGA Board Directors Honored for Service, Dedication to Turkey Industry

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Outgoing MTGA Board Directors Honored for Service, Dedication to Turkey Industry

(Buffalo, MN)… Rick Klaphake of Melrose, Minn., Jeff Lindell of Cannon Falls, Minn., and Jim Trites of Henning, Minn., were honored by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) for their many years of service to the organization’s Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting on March 14 in St. Paul, Minn.

“On behalf of MTGA, I thank these three directors for their dedication and leadership to our organization,” said incoming 2012 MTGA President Duane Jaenicke. “All have made significant contributions to our organization and Minnesota’s turkey industry and their commitment to both MTGA and to our industry has been invaluable.”

Klaphake raises approximately 1.1 million turkeys annually with R & L Turkeys, a family farm in Melrose. He spent nine years on the Board, including one year as President.

Lindell raises approximately five flocks of turkeys annually for Peterson Turkey Hatchery, a family farm in Cannon Falls. He also served nine years on the Board, this last year as President.

Trites of Elanco Animal Health has been an Allied Director on the Board since 2006. He is also a  current member of the MTGA Allied Committee.


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 46 million turkeys in 2011. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit