National Turkey Federation

National Turkey Federation Partner

Congressman Jim Hagedorn (R-MN First District) joins our Minnesota delegation.

The Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council collaborates with the National Turkey Federation (NTF) as our national turkey industry partner. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NTF gives Minnesota turkey farmers a voice in the national and global marketplace.

NTF Working for YOU!

Through our partnership with NTF, Minnesota turkey farmers benefit from efforts made by NTF on the national stage including:

Turkey marketing and promotion
Turkey health research and innovation
Expanded turkey market exports
Public educational outreach

We also attend NTF membership events providing information on the latest trends within the industry. If you are interested in attending one of these events, contact MTGA at or call (763) 682-2171.

Congresswoman Angie Craig (D-MN Second District) with our Minnesota delegation.

NTF Amplifies Your Voice on the National Level

Currently three out of the 11 executive committee positions are held by Minnesotans. The Executive Committee guides NTF on trade, research, promotion, and public outreach efforts. The Executive Committee is supported by NTF staff. Here is a look at your Executive Committee members:

  • John Zimmerman, P&J Products Turkey Farmer
  • Rick VanderSpek, Turkey Valley Farms
  • Steve Lykken, Jennie-O Turkey Store

Steve Lykken

President, Jennie-O Turkey Store

Rick VanderSpek

Turkey Valley Farms

John Zimmerman

Owner, P&J Products Co.

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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