Governor Walz Declares June 18, 2023, as Turkey Lover's Day in Minnesota

BUFFALO, Minn. –The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) applaud Governor Tim Walz for declaring June 18, 2023, Turkey Lover’s Day in Minnesota! June is known as National Turkey Lovers’ Month, with June 18th specifically noted as National Turkey Lover’s Day.

“Minnesota’s turkey industry is resilient! Since the beginning of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak, the turkey industry has fought to overcome challenges, all while continuing day-to-day operations and providing turkey for families worldwide to enjoy,” said Jes Westbrock, President of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.

Minnesota turkey farms and companies that process turkey are integral to the state's economy. Minnesota is the number one producer of turkeys in the nation and is home to 600 turkey farms across the state and three turkey processors. Minnesota’s turkey industry annually contributes over $12 billion1 in economic activity to Minnesota and provides more than 46,0001 thousand jobs. Turkey is an easy choice for a healthy lifestyle because it’s leaner than most red meat and even chicken. A 3-ounce portion of roasted skinless turkey breast contains only 3 grams of fat and 27.3 grams of protein.

“As a 3rd generation turkey farmer, I am proud of our industry's history in Minnesota. Turkey is a versatile, delicious, low fat and high protein option for families to enjoy daily,” said the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council President, Pete Klaphake.

Turkey farm families, turkey processors, and the allied industry that supports both sectors are passionate about raising locally grown, wholesome, and nutritious turkey for their families and yours. MTGA and MTRPC invite you to celebrate Turkey Lover’s Day in Minnesota on June 18, 2023! Discover delicious and innovative ways to prepare turkey on June 18th and every day at or

Find the Turkey Lover’s Day proclamation on Governor Walz’s proclamation page on June 18th

About MTGA

MTGA is the oldest nonprofit association dedicated to fostering a booming Minnesota turkey industry and its ability to positively contribute to consumers, the economy, the environment, and its members. Minnesota is currently ranked #1 for turkey production in the U.S., with its 450 turkey farmers raising an estimated 40 million turkeys annually. MTGA also represents turkey processors and industry stakeholders, together advocating for the interests of the Minnesota turkey farmer and industry as a whole.



MTRPC is the check-off commodity organization in Minnesota. Growers voluntarily support the programming of MTRPC via funds paid through the check-off. MTRPC works diligently to encourage consumers to eat more turkey year-round, sponsor innovative turkey research, and inform a variety of audiences about the benefits of turkey.

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