Rep. John Burkel Joins Farmers for Poultry Day at the Capitol

Representative John Burkel (R-Badger) meets with MTGA members.

Virtual Event Featured Legislative Priorities for Poultry Farmers


BUFFALO, Minn. – The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota (CEAM) met with Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee member Representative John Burkel of Badger for Poultry Day at the Capitol. For the first time ever, the group of farmers shared their legislative priorities in a virtual setting.  


“Our farmers are grateful for Representative Burkel’s leadership on agriculture issues impacting the entire state. As a farmer, Burkel has first-hand knowledge of the challenges our folks face every day,” said Sarah Anderson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.


Workforce development and research on poultry health topped the list of priorities for the MTGA/CEAM group of poultry farmers. A fourth-generation turkey farmer and former Chair of the Northern Pride food facility in Thief River Falls, Agriculture Committee member John Burkel is well-poised to help to strengthen our rural economy.


There are no shortages of jobs within the turkey industry. MTGA is dedicated to connecting Minnesotans to the wealth of job opportunities within the turkey sector.


During the meeting with Representative Burkel, farmers also expressed their support for the continuation of the Agriculture Research, Education, Extension, and Technology Transfer (AGREETT) Fund at the Department of Agriculture. This program supports research important to poultry health.

MTGA is a trade association representing over 450 turkey farmers across the state. Many of our growers come from multi-generational family farms. Our organization also represents turkey processors and other industry stakeholders. Together, we advocate for the interests of the Minnesota turkey farmer and industry as a whole.

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