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Keith Burger presented MTGA’s Ranelius Award

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association has announced that its prestigious Ranelius Award for 2017 was presented to Keith Burger, Turkey Valley Farms, Marshall, Minn., during the group’s annual meeting in March.

“The Ranelius Award is the most prestigious honor given by the MTGA,” said MTGA President Chris Huisinga, Willmar, Minn. “It signifies leadership and dedication to the industry based on contributions made to enhance Minnesota’s turkey industry, and Keith Burger is well deserved of this special honor.”

Burger has had a long a productive career in the poultry industry, which started in 1969 and continued with stints at Wayne Poultry (which became Iowa Turkey Products), Cargill and most recently Turkey Valley Farms.

Burger oversaw reconstruction of the Marshall, Minn., plant and served as its general manager until he announced his retirement at the end of 2016 — although, truth be told, he has remained active with Turkey Valley Farms, helping with the transition of the new plant management team, the association noted.

Burger has also been involved with implementing and writing of new procedures in the industry, attending many National Turkey Federation Tech & Regulation meetings in Washington, D.C., as well as attending seminars to expand his knowledge of the world of turkeys.

Burger and his wife, Mary, have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

The Ranelius Award is named for Sven Ranelius, a founding father of the MTGA, often described as a quiet, unselfish person who was very dedicated to the turkey industry in Minnesota. Nominees are evaluated on two central criteria: their contribution to the industry over a period of time; and the quality of that contribution.

More information about the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association can be obtained at

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