Our Turkey Farmers

Meet our Turkey Farm Families!

Rothfork Family (Melrose)

Meet the Rothfork family, owners of the Melrose Feed Mill in Melrose, Minnesota. They have been raising turkeys for three generations -- and counting!

Peterson Family (Cannon Falls)

Get to know the Peterson family from Cannon Falls, Minnesota. They raise free-range turkeys and own Ferndale Market.

Klaphake Family (Melrose)

For the Klaphake family in Melrose, turkey farming is a multi-generational, family business! Meet eight family members and hear what the generations have learned from each other!

Huisinga and Norling Families (Willmar)

The Huisinga and Norling families are forever connected in Minnesota's turkey industry and have made a huge impact on raising and hatching turkeys around the world. Generations of knowledge and foresight have helped ensure the success of what is now known as Life-Science Innovations - and includes the country's largest turkey hatchery located in Willmar, Minnesota.

Jaenicke & Wittenburg Families (Roseau)

For four decades, Glenn Jaenicke raised turkeys near Roseau, Minnesota. Then he became a founder of Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls, serving as the chairman for nearly 30 years. Daughter Sharlene has learned a lot about raising turkeys from her dad. Check out this fun father-daughter story!

Gessell Family (Swanville)

Frank, John Sr., and Joe Gessell talk about their long history in the turkey industry in Swanville, Minnesota.

Our History

Turkey farming has a rich history in Minnesota and through our two organizations, MTGA and MTRPC, we work on behalf of Minnesota's turkey farmers.

Our Farmers

Our turkey farmers take great care in raising the highest quality turkey to put on your table. NTF Standards of Conduct guide our farmers as they ensure each and every bird is will cared for. Learn more about the people who feed you and the world.

Turkey Facts

Turkey is a lean, protein-packed meal your entire family will enjoy. Learn how your locally-grown turkey is raised by our farmers and choose turkey for your daily nutrients.


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


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


Gain access to talent in the turkey industry by posting your job opportunity with us. You can also post farm equipment you have for sale where others in the industry will see it. While it’s encouraged, you don’t have to be an MTGA member to post an advertisement. If you are interested in posting an ad, contact us today.

Members can post a classified ad directly through the Member portal. Non-members are encouraged to contact us to post an advertisement.

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