MTRPC Board of Directors

John Peterson
President
Peterson Turkey Hatchery Inc. & Ferndale Market
Pete Klaphake
Vice President
R & L Turkeys
Max Velo
Treasurer
Damart Turkeys Inc.
Jose Rojas
Jennie-O Turkey Store
Tim Miller
TJ Turkeys LLP
Ashley Klaphake
Meadowlark Turkeys LLC
Jared Huisinga
Life-Science Innovations
Lynette Gessell
13 Acres Inc.
Loren "Butch" Brey
Brey Farms

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

Functions

Checkoff Administration
  • Collect and manage funds
  • Develop budget
Research
  • Research Committee: identify priorities, track grants, communicate results
  • Relationships with the University of Minnesota
  • Relationships with other institutions
Outreach
  • 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.

Research

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

Promotion

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

Education

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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