2022 MN Turkey Growers Association Summer Summit

June 27 - 28, 2022
Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria, MN
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Enjoy a getaway for you and the family at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, MN.

What is the MTGA Summit?

The MTGA Summit is an opportunity for all MTGA members to learn, network, and connect with other members and industry partners. The Summit also includes the MTGA & MTRPC Annual Meetings.

The MTGA Summer Summit provides several educational sessions for members to attend.

Who should Attend?

  • MTGA members and their families
  • Turkey farmers who pay the checkoff
  • Former/retired turkey growers
  • Those looking to connect to the Minnesota turkey industry

What Do I Get for my Registration Fee?

  • 4 meals, including the hit Turkey Taste-Off
  • Educational sessions and speakers
  • Allied vendor fair
  • Social time open bar
  • Access to Arrowwood Resort amenities

Arrowwood Resort

Address: 2100 Arrowwood Lane, Alexandria, MN 56308

Website: arrowwoodresort.com

The room rate is $154 per night - book your room by calling (320) 762-1124 and request a reservation for the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association room block. The reservation block ends June 15, 2022.

Hotel registration includes waterpark passes, access to the 18-hole executive putting course, bicycles, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, lawn games, sand volleyball, public bonfires, indoor tennis, basketball, indoor pool, and whirlpool.


MTGA has revamped the sponsorship tiers to support a variety of company budgets. There are several general and special sponsorship levels that offer great company recognition. Learn more about the 2022 Summer Summit sponsorship opportunities here.

Secure your sponsorship by filling out this form by June 20th.

Turkey Taste-Off - Call For Recipes!

MTGA Board Member Ken Gleaves serves members at the ever popular Turkey Taste-Off.

Email your best turkey recipe to info@minnesotaturkey.com and it may be featured at the Turkey Taste Off on June 27!

The winning Turkey Taste Off recipe will:

  • Be the featured recipe card at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair.
  • Receive free registration and hotel to the 2023 MTGA Summit.
  • Serve as a celebrity judge for the 2023 Turkey Taste Off.

The runner-up will receive coupons for Turkey To Go at the Minnesota State Fair.

2022 Vendor Fair

Why Participate?

  • Access to turkey growers on Minnesota's over 600 turkey farms.
  • Access to representatives from Minnesota's three turkey processors.
  • Premium 6-foot table location inside the main conference room.
  • Promotion to Summit attendees as a vendor participant.
  • Promotion in electronic materials prior to and after the Summit.
  • Promotion in print materials prior to and after the Summit.

To register for the Vendor Fair, register one attendee for "MTGA Current Allied Member + Booth Space" for $300. All other attendees from your company can register for the "MTGA Current Allied Member" rate.

Keynote Speaker

John Kriesel

A sought after public speaker, John Kriesel travels throughout the country sharing his story, inspiring and motivating others. Kriesel’s intensely positive attitude infects every person he shares his story with from students to senior corporate executives as he relays lessons learned overcoming extreme tragedy.

On December 2, 2006 the vehicle Kriesel and four of his comrades were riding in encountered a 200 lb. Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The blast killed two of Kriesel’s best friends and he was severely injured, losing both legs, suffering numerous broken bones and internal injuries. He was transported to two eld hospitals in Iraq where he died three times on the operating table before doctors saved his life. He woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center after an 8-day medically induced coma where he learned about the death of his two comrades and the severity of his injuries.

Nine months after his near-death experience in Iraq, John returned to Minnesota to begin his new life. His transition from military to civilian life offered many challenges, but his amazing support system, positive attitude and sense of humor allowed him to bounce back stronger than ever.

During John’s presentation he will describe his decision to join the military at 17 years of age, and his overseas deployments. He will discuss in detail the tragic events ofDecember 2, 2006, and his thoughts and feelings as he laid on a dirt road in Iraq, nearly bleeding to death. He will describe what it was like when he woke up from an8-day coma in the United States and began his recovery. John’s story, sense of humor, and positive outlook on life will leave your audience inspired.


9:30 - 11:00 am                    Registration & Vendor Fair

11:00 am - 12:00 pm         Keynote Speaker: John Kriesel

                                                       Enjoy motivational speaker, John Kriesel's inspiring talk on how he persevered through challenging times and continues                                                        to keep a positive outlook.

12:00 - 1:30 pm                   Lunch & Annual Meeting

                                                       Celebrate the past year of MTGA & MTRPC! We will highlight the successes of each organization and conduct the                                                        annual business meeting.

1:30 - 2:30 pm                     Turkey 101
                                                      Get updates on the High Path Avian Influenza situation from industry partners.                 

2:30 - 5:00 pm                     Break
                                                      During this time, enjoy the Casey's Amusement Park, the Arrowwood putting green or a guided fishing experience! Be                                                       sure to select which entertainment opportunity you'd like to participate in when registering!

5:00 - 7:00 pm                     Turkey Taste-Off

7:00 - 8:30 pm                     Social Time


8:00 - 9:00 am                     Breakfast and Legislative Update

                                                     Hear from our local lobbyist, Bruce Kleven, and National Turkey Federation President, Joel Brandenberger, on the                                                      current state of turkey advocacy state- and nationwide.

9:00 - 9:30 am                    Information Session 1

9:30 - 10:00 am                 Information Session 2

10:30 - 11:00 am              UMN Research Update
                                                     Get updates from University researchers on their current turkey related research projects.       

11:00 - 11:30 am              Information Session 3

11:30 am - 1:00 pm         Lunch & Awards