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					Minnesota Turkey Growers
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Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
• Mission: Dedicated to fostering a successful
  Minnesota turkey industry and its ability to make
  positive contributions to consumers, the economy,
  the environment and to its members.
• Founded in 1939
• Membership includes Minnesota growers, processors
  and industry suppliers

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Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion
• Sister organization of MTGA established by
  state statute in 1966
• Operates under supervision of the Minnesota
  Department of Agriculture
• Primarily funded by voluntary grower check-off

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Did you know…

    Minnesota ranks #1 in turkey
    Production and processing!

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Minnesota’s Turkey Industry
  • Approximately 250 growers operate 600 turkey
  • 48 million turkeys raised (2007)
  • Each turkey generates $11.68 in direct economic
    activity to the state
  • Growers and industry suppliers support 26,000
    jobs and generate over $600 million in economic
    activity in MN
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Who Eats Minnesota-Grown Turkey?
• Minnesotans consume just 10% of the turkeys
  raised here
• 90% of turkey products processed in state are
  marketed outside of MN
   – International exports account for 15%
• Top 5 export markets for U.S. turkey meat are
  Mexico, China, Russia, Canada, Hong Kong (2006)

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Where Are Most of MN’s Turkeys Raised?
 Top turkey-producing counties, in millions (2002)

    •   Kandiyohi – 6.52
    •   Stearns – 4.5
    •   Swift – 4.44
    •   Morrison – 3.4
    •   Todd – 3.06
    •   Meeker – 2.96
    •   Ottertail – 2.86
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Minnesota’s Turkey Industry
• Kandiyohi, Stearns and Swift are also ranked
  in the top 10 producing counties in the U.S.
• Minnesota is home to 4 turkey processing
  companies with 8 processing plants around
  the state
• Minnesota’s processors collectively market
  approximately 2,000 turkey products
  (consumer and foodservice)
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Minnesota’s Processors – Quick Facts
Jennie-O Turkey Store
• 2nd largest turkey company in U.S.
• Subsidiary of Hormel Foods
• Plants in Willmar, Montevideo, Pelican Rapids
  and Faribault (and 1 plant in Barron, WI)
• MN plants employ about 5,300 workers
• $1.162 billion in annual sales

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Northern Pride
•   Grower-owned cooperative
•   1 plant in Thief River Falls
•   Employs approximately 210 people
•   $25 million in annual sales
•   Products labeled under Northern Pride, Snowland,
    Harvest Gold, Serv & Save, Premium Specialty &
    Premium Specialty Free Range, as well as private

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North Star Foods
• Value-added processor
   – Turkey and other meat commodities
• 1 plant in St. Charles

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Turkey Valley Farms
• Owned by a group of Minnesota
  turkey growers
• 1 plant in Marshall
• Employs approximately 300 workers
• $60 million in annual sales
• Products labeled under Turkey Valley Farms, Holden
  Farms, Country Day, Midwest Best, Country Buy, as
  well as private label

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Turkey. The Perfect Protein®
 • Is a high-quality protein
 • Has more protein and less total
   fat per portion than chicken, beef or pork
 • Provides a tremendous variety of products
   that are fast, easy and versatile
    – Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Turkey Products – Beyond the Whole Bird
• Parts – Tenderloin, cutlet, thigh, drumstick and more
• Ground – Fresh and frozen, seasoned, pre-shaped patties
• Italian and Breakfast Turkey Sausage, Bratwurst,
  Kielbasa, Turkey Ham, Franks and Bacon
• Fully Cooked Deli Products – Sliced and
  cubed turkey breast, bologna, salami,
  pastrami and more
• Microwaveable/Ready
  to Heat Entrees – In a
  variety of flavor profiles
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How Turkey Compares to Other Proteins*
                                    Calories        Total Fat,   Saturated Fat,   Cholesterol,   Protein,
                                                     grams          grams          milligrams     grams

 Turkey Breast                        120                1             0              55           26
 Beef (top loin, steak)               180                8             3              65           24

 Beef (eye round)                     140                4             2              60           25
 Chicken Breast                       120               1.5            .5             70           24

 Pork (top loin, chop)                170                7             2              70           26

 Pork (tenderloin roast)              140                4             1              65           24

*3-ounce cooked serving of meat, trimmed of visible fat/skin
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Minnesota’s Turkey Industry
•   Healthy Flocks
•   Caring for the Environment
•   The Impact of Ethanol
•   Economic and Employment

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Healthy Flocks:
 Priority One
• Turkey growers care
  more than anyone about
  their flocks
• Minimizing stress or risk
  of illness is the goal
• Well-treated animals
  grow to full-potential
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Healthy Flocks:
 Caring for Turkeys
• Growers assess flock well-
  being on a daily basis
• Turkeys are raised in
  environmentally controlled,
  scientifically designed barns
  to protect from predators,
  disease, inclement weather
• Turkeys roam freely in their
  barns and have access to
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Healthy Flocks:
 Appropriate Use of Antibiotics
• When necessary, growers may use approved
  antibiotics to keep turkeys healthy
• Antibiotics play an important role to ensure abundant
  and safe food products
• A withdrawal period is required after antibiotics are
  administered and before processing
• Flocks are tested for antibiotic residue prior to
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Healthy Flocks:
 A Common Misconception
• Hormones and steroids are not approved or
  available for use in turkey production in the U.S.

             Hormones / Steroids

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Healthy Flocks:
  A Collaborative Effort
•   Growers work closely with a variety of organizations
     – State and federal government agencies (Minnesota Board of Animal
       Health, USDA Food Safety Inspection Service), University of Minnesota,
       MTGA and NTF
•   Coordinated research efforts
•   Cooperative avian influenza monitoring program
     – 30-year history of active surveillance
     – Ongoing preparedness toward prevention, detection, control and
•   UMore Park (University of Minnesota)
     – Showcase turkey production to media and other groups at Thanksgiving
     – Partners for annual product donation to food shelves across Minnesota
         • Over 100,000 lbs of turkey product donated since 2001         1/2008 rev.
Caring for the Environment
• Minnesota turkey growers take
  very seriously their responsibility
  to be good stewards of the
• As good neighbors and
  responsible citizens, Minnesota
  turkey growers follow all siting,
  permitting and other related
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Caring for the Environment:
 Managing Turkey Litter
• Proper handling is an important element of any turkey
  farm manure management system
• Turkey litter is an excellent “green” fertilizer for plants
  and crops; providing nutrients and also building soil
  quality and drainage
• Minnesota is home to nation’s first power plant
  converting turkey litter to electricity

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The Impact of Ethanol
• An alternative fuel with unintended
• By 2012 the ethanol blend mandate nearly
  doubles to 7.5 billion gallons
• Due to competition for ethanol, the price of
  corn has nearly doubled from a year ago
• Because turkeys consume a diet mainly of
  corn and soybean meal, the price of corn
  has a huge impact on the growers’ bottom
• Research is underway to evaluate other
  options for biofuels, such as cellulosic
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Economic and Employment Engine:
 Minnesota Animal Agriculture
• Animal agriculture in Minnesota contributes
  more than $10 billion annually to the state’s
• Directly and indirectly, animal agriculture
  employs nearly 100,000 Minnesotans
  – That’s more than Northwest Airlines, 3M and Medtronic combined!

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Economic and Employment Engine:
 Minnesota’s Poultry Industry
• Turkeys create economic and employment
  growth in greater Minnesota
• Minnesota’s poultry industry adds $1 billion to
  the state’s economy
• The poultry industry supports 26,000 jobs in

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Economic and Employment Engine:
 Opportunities in Agriculture
• A variety of employment opportunities are
  available in and related to the turkey industry
• The turkey industry supports the need for
  employment and immigration legislation that
  ensures qualified workers and maintains the
  industry’s viability
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Economic and Employment Engine:
  Career Opportunities in Poultry
  –   Association Management         –   By-product Utilization
  –   Economics                      –   Feed Mill Management
  –   Food Science                   –   Genetics
  –   Hatchery Management            –   Marketing
  –   Microbiology                   –   Nutrient Management
  –   Nutrition                      –   Pharmaceuticals
  –   Processing                     –   Product Development
  –   Production                     –   Research & Development
  –   Sales                          –   Engineering
  –   Veterinary Science             –   Building Systems Design
  –   Quality Assurance/Regulatory   –   And more…
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 Proud to be part of
ag family since 1939!

  Minnesota agriculture – good for us all.
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