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BUFFALO, Minn. — The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and the Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council (MTRPC) welcomes Brad Finstad to serve as their interim executive director. He joined MTGA in October.

As a fourth-generation farmer, Finstad has been involved in the agricultural industry since childhood. He currently partners with extended relatives to run the family farm.

“Brad’s farming roots make him a natural fit for working with our growers.  His experience will add great support to our industry, that is so important to Minnesota’s economy,” said MTRPC President, Pete Klaphake.

Finstad previously served as the CEO with the Center for Rural Policy and Development from 2008-2017 and was also the state director for the USDA Rural Development from 2017-2021.  Most recently, he served as the president for Frontier Labs MN.  Finstad brings strong leadership experience to this role and has been highly involved in the agricultural industry for many years, the associated noted.

“We believe Brad’s experience in government will help our turkey farmers navigate legislative changes on both the state and federal level.  We are excited for him to join our team,” said MTGA President, Jes Westbrock.

Finstad currently resides in New Ulm, Minn., with his wife, Jaclyn, and their seven children.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education with an emphasis in rural leadership development from the University of Minnesota.

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