MTGA Board of Directors

Jake Vlaminck
Falhun Farms
Shane Wilhelm
Vice President
Richmond Turkey Farm
Corey Nelson
Life-Science Innovations
RJ Orsten
Orsten Turkeys of Willmar, Inc.
Barry Koppen
Kindstrom-Schmoll Inc.
Dr. Jill Nezworski
Blue House Veterinary LLC
Lori Roering
Jennie-O Turkey Store
Diane Wagner
Strong Animals/Ralco
Jes Westbrock
Melrose Feed Mill, Minnesota Bedding
Nate Van Beck
Jennie-O Turkey Store

Our Purpose

MTGA advocates for the turkey industry to policy makers, keeps members up to date on industry trends, news, and advancements, and encourages development of the industry workforce. MTGA is a service organization designed to address the changing needs of turkey farmers and the industry.

Unlike the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, you are not required to raise turkeys to become an MTGA member. Membership is open to those with a stake in the turkey industry. To join, members contribute an affordable fee annually. In return, members are eligible for news alerts, member education, workforce opportunities, and countless other benefits.

Election Regions for MTGA Board Members

Representation Regions for Board of Directors


Government Affairs
  • State lobbyist monitors legislature
  • Staff communications to federal government
  • Capitol reports (state/federal)
  • Commodity group relationships
  • Member assistance on government programs
  • Local government interaction
  • National Turkey Federation Leadership Conference
Public Relations
  • State Fair Turkey To Go
  • Gobbles and WingTips
  • Social Media
  • Website
  • Disease alerts
  • Press availability
Member Education
  • Leadership training
  • Best practices and advancement seminars
  • Regional networking events
  • Poultry Health Management School
  • MTGA Summer Summit
Workforce Development
  • College course offerings
  • Ranelius Scholarships (joint with MTRPC)
  • Poultry Health Management School
  • Leadership
  • Staff oversight: database management, program management, financial management, communication management
  • Determine other industry needs

Our Membership Program

The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association is a member-based service organization comprised of turkey farmers and industry stakeholders. Members receive the latest in industry trends, news, education, networking, and development opportunities, among other benefits. Join our organization today!

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We communicate with our turkey farmer members through weekly e-newsletters and our monthly publication. Get in front of the decision-makers and advertise with us!

Poultry Health School (PHMS)

Interested in hands-on learning about the poultry industry? The Poultry Health Management School offers lab & classroom learning opportunities for poultry professionals across the country.

Turkey To Go

MTGA has been serving the tastiest turkey at the Minnesota State Fair since 1958. Learn more about their Turkey To Go food booth and why they are a People's Choice Award winner for best fair food.

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