MTRPC Board of Directors

Loren "Butch" Brey
Brey Farms
Tim Miller
Vice President
TJ Turkey LLC
Peter Gruhl
Life Science Innovations
Pete Klaphake
R&L Turkeys
John Peterson
Peterson Turkey Hatchery Inc. & Ferndale Market
Jon Klaphake
Meadowlark Turkey, LLC
Lynette Gessell
Badger Creek- Thirteen Acres Turkey Farm
Katherine Schaefbauer
Jennie-O Turkey Store
Sharlene Wittenburg
Carlwittco, Inc

Our Purpose

The MTRPC initiates research on challenges within the industry including turkey health and welfare. The Council is also responsible for promoting turkey consumption and educating the public of the nutritional benefits turkey offers health-conscious consumers - including its cancer-fighting nutrients and lean protein. Though independent in mission and functions from MTGA, MTRPC and MTGA communicate to ensure Minnesota's turkey growers needs are met.

Fun Fact: The MTRPC is the oldest commodity council in the state!

More History

Election Regions for MTRPC Board Members

Representation Regions for Board of Directors


Checkoff Administration
  • Collect and manage funds
  • Develop budget
  • Research Committee: identify priorities, track grants, communicate results
  • Relationships with the University of Minnesota
  • Relationships with other institutions
  • Website
  • Social media
  • State Fair booth in Dairy Building
  • UMN Events: Celebrate Ag & Food Day, Ag Awareness Day
  • Children's Museum of Southern MN Fest
  • Minnesota Ag in the Classroom
  • AgriGrowth, Farm Bureau, other events
  • Midwest Poultry Federation member organization
Workforce Development
  • Career fairs
  • FFA / 4-H
  • Minnesota Ag in the Classroom
  • Ranelius Scholarship (joint with MTGA)
National Turkey Federation
  • Coordination from state to federal level: provide and secure data, communicate with local law makers, provide on the ground analysis
  • Quota payment and administration
  • Committee / Convention participation

Get Engaged

Turkey farmers who pay the checkoff are automatic members of the MTRPC. To learn more about how you can be engaged in the organization, click on the link below.


The MTRPC prides itself on dedicating a large portion of its budget to funding relevant turkey research.


The MTRPC promotes and educates consumers about nutrient-rich turkey.
Learn more how you can help promote locally-grown turkey.


The MTRPC has several educational resources available for K-12. Meet our Ag Program Specialist to schedule
a special event.

National Turkey Federation

The MTRPC is a member of the National Turkey Federation. NTF supports and further amplifies MTRPC's research, educational, and promotional efforts.
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