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Minnesota Turkey’s Ranelius Scholarship Due January 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Rebecca Groos
Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA)
Ph: 763-682-2171 (office)
rgroos@minnesotaturkey.com

Up to $5,000 Available for Distribution to Worthy Recipients

BUFFALO, Minn. – The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council’s (MTRPC) Ranelius Scholarship program is designed to encourage students enrolled in or who plan to enroll in a post-secondary educational institution in or out of the state of Minnesota to prepare for a career in the turkey industry. A total of $5,000 annually is available to distribute to eligible students.

“The MTGA is proud to financially support post-secondary education for students interested in working in the turkey industry,” said Paul Kvistad, MTGA President and farmer from Wood Lake. “There is a great need for innovative talent in the turkey industry workforce.”

Find the scholarship overview and application online at the Minnesota Turkey website under “students/teachers” https://minnesotaturkey.com/students-teachers/.

Eligible students must be a resident of the state of Minnesota. Preference will be given to those who have plans for a future career in the turkey industry, are a family member or employee of a MTGA member, achieved a high scholastic record and haven’t previously received a MTGA scholarship.

“The turkey industry offers a wide array of career opportunities – especially in Minnesota where we are the number one producer of turkeys in the nation,” said Sarah Anderson, MTGA Executive Director. “Students interested in careers at home or abroad will see their dreams come true in our ag sector.”

Recipients may be asked to participate as a Minnesota Turkey ambassador at public events during the year. Scheduling will be mutually agreed upon and all expenses will be reimbursed.

The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) is a trade group representing over 450 turkey farmers across the state. Many of our farmers come from multi-generational family farms. Our organization also represents turkey processors and industry stakeholders. Together, we advocate for the interests of the Minnesota turkey farmer and industry as a whole.

To learn more about MTGA visit https://minnesotaturkey.com/. Find us on Facebook (@MinnesotaTurkey), Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey), Instagram (MinnesotaTurkey) and YouTube (MinnesotaTurkey).

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Isanti County Turkey Farmer Joins Congressman Pete Stauber to Share Coronavirus Challenges

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Contact:
Rebecca Groos
Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA)
Ph: 763-682-2171 (office)
rgroos@minnesotaturkey.com

Scott Heymer Represented Minnesota Turkey Growers Association

BUFFALO, Minn. – Minnesota Turkey Growers Association member Scott Heymer met with Congressman Pete Stauber at a Stanchfield farm recently to share the challenges presented by the pandemic for turkey farmers across the district and statewide. Joining Heymer and Stauber was Minnesota Turkey Growers Executive Director Sarah Anderson.

“The pandemic has been hard on all families – especially our turkey farm families, said Heymer. “Grateful Congressman Stauber invited us to this event and took the time to listen to our concerns and work for assistance in mitigating our losses.”

A 45-year turkey farming veteran and past Vice President of the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Heymer conveyed the importance of the turkey industry to Minnesota’s economy. Our state produces the most turkeys in the nation and our farmers and stakeholders contribute more than $1 billion to Minnesota’s economy and generate over 26,000 jobs.

Joining the Congressman was the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The tour was an opportunity to learn about the operations and conservation practices on the Don and Shaun Fiedler’s farm. Congressman Stauber and Administrator Wheeler discussed opportunities for future partnerships and best conservation practices with those in attendance.

“Minnesota’s turkey industry is constantly working to improve methods and conserve resources,” said MTGA Executive Director Anderson. “Our farmers financially support research at the University of Minnesota on best practices.”

Others on the tour included representatives from corn and pork. A contingency of state lawmakers also joined the group. Senators Mark Koran and Carrie Ruud along with Representatives Sondra Erickson, Brian Johnson, Kurt Daudt, Nathan Nelson, and Dale Lueck were present to hear from farmers.

The MTGA is a trade association representing over 450 turkey growers across the state. Many of our growers come from multi-generational family farms. Our organization also represents turkey processors and industry stakeholders. Together, we advocate for the interests of the Minnesota turkey farmer and industry as a whole.

To learn more about MTGA visit https://minnesotaturkey.com/. Find us on Facebook (@MinnesotaTurkey), Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey), Instagram (MinnesotaTurkey) and YouTube (MinnesotaTurkey).

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Congressional Delegation Aids Minnesota Turkey Farmers

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Contact:
Rebecca Groos
Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA)
Ph: 763-682-2171 (office)
rgroos@minnesotaturkey.com


CFAP 2 Includes Turkey in Pandemic Assistance Funding

BUFFALO, Minn. – The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) is grateful to announce turkey farmers now qualify for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP2) for losses caused by the pandemic. President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue provided an additional $14 billion for farmers experiencing market disruptions and costs related to COVID.

“We want to thank Congressional members Collin Peterson, Tom Emmer, Angie Craig, Jim Hagedorn, and Senator Tina Smith. They went to bat for turkey farmers at a very stressful time and we appreciate their work in securing assistance for our farm families through advocacy to the USDA,” said Executive Director Sarah Anderson.

Farmers experiencing losses from April until the end of the year can apply for assistance through their local Farm Service Agency.  The closing date for applications is December 11. To apply online or download an application, producers can visit the USDA website at farmers.gov/cfap.

Minnesota ranks first nationwide in turkey production. As the state with the most independent turkey producers, securing CFAP legislation to include these farmers was of utmost important to the MTGA.

Although it appears breeding livestock and contract growers are excluded from CFAP2, MTGA continues to work for coverage for those farmers. We will also continue to push for expansion of indemnity coverage for turkey industry stakeholders.

MTGA is a trade association representing over 450 turkey growers across the state. Many of our growers come from multi-generational family farms. Our organization also represents turkey processors and other industry stakeholders. Together, we advocate for the interests of the Minnesota turkey farmer and industry as a whole.

To learn more about MTGA visit https://minnesotaturkey.com/. Find us on Facebook (@MinnesotaTurkey), Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey), Instagram (MinnesotaTurkey) and YouTube (MinnesotaTurkey).

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Minnesota Turkey Meeting Features COVID Aid to Farmers Discussion

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Contact:
Rebecca Groos
Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA)
Ph: 763-682-2171 (office)
rgroos@minnesotaturkey.com


House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson gave an update on Congressional Action

BUFFALO, Minn. – For the first time in their 81-year history, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) held their annual meetings virtually. MTGA and MTRPC leadership provided updates regarding their efforts to support fellow turkey growers and the industry.

“Our organizations put a lot of time and resources into research, workforce development, and education that benefits the entire turkey industry,” said Sarah Anderson, MTGA Executive Director. “The annual meetings give us an opportunity to report on our successes and receive feedback from our members for the future. The strong attendance shows our members value these updates and the new format allowed for greater participation.”

Congressman Collin Peterson who represents the 7th Congressional District – an area that represents many turkey growers – was the featured guest speaker. Peterson briefly spoke on his involvement with facilitating COVID-19 relief for turkey growers and the next COVID aid bill.

“The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payment is based on how much damage was done by the coronavirus,” said Congressman Peterson. “There were a number of folks who didn’t get treated correctly for the program, in my opinion, including turkey growers.”

For the next round of COVID-19 related assistance, Peterson has drafted language giving U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue the authority to compensate producers for euthanizing animals – much like what growers experience during times of disease outbreaks. In his speech, Peterson also said one of the outstanding issues is that payments are limited to independent producers.

“There is going to be some effort to clarify this over at the Senate and if there is better language, I am all for it and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure that ends up in the final deal,” said Peterson. MTGA is a nonprofit trade organization that began in 1939 with a mission to foster a successful turkey industry in Minnesota. The state ranks number one for turkey production in the U.S. with its 450 turkey farmers. Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many are fourth, fifth, or sixth generation farmers.

To learn more about MTGA visit https://minnesotaturkey.com/. Find us on Facebook (@MinnesotaTurkey), Twitter (@MinnesotaTurkey), Instagram (MinnesotaTurkey) and YouTube (MinnesotaTurkey).

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Minnesota Turkey welcomes new Executive Director Sarah Anderson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Rebecca Groos
Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA)
Ph: 763-682-2171 (office)
rgroos@minnesotaturkey.com

 

(March 17, 2020) BUFFALO, Minn. – The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and the Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council (MTRPC) are proud to announce and welcome Sarah Anderson to serve as their new Executive Director.

Anderson previously served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2007 to 2019. In her role as a legislative leader and Chair of the State Government Finance Committee, Anderson was recognized for her ability to work across the aisle to find efficiencies in state government.

Anderson most recently served as the Executive Director of the Literacy Matters Foundation where she led strategic planning, streamlined organizational finances and implemented restructuring.

As one of thirteen children growing up on her family’s farm near Atwater, Anderson recalls the valuable work ethic farm life instilled in her. Her agriculture background also led her to join the staff of former Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum, where she promoted the importance of the agricultural community to the state of Minnesota.

“Sarah Anderson is a proven leader with advocacy experience and roots in agriculture,” said Paul Kvistad, MTGA board President. “Her agriculture background and professional experience make her an ideal fit for our association.”

Anderson currently resides in Plymouth, Minn., and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She will join MTGA on April 6, 2020.

The MTGA is a trade association that advocates for the interests of the Minnesota turkey industry. MTGA members include independent and integrated turkey growers, turkey processors and breeders, and allied industry members. Its affiliated organization, the MTRPC, oversees the Minnesota turkey checkoff funds to underwrite turkey research and promote public education regarding the turkey industry.

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About the MTGA:

Minnesota Turkey Growers Association enhances the success of the Minnesota turkey industry through member engagement, strong advocacy with legislators and public outreach.

About the MTRPC:

Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council discovers and shares healthy practices for its members and and consumers by advancing strong research and public education.