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Wittenburgs' turkey growing efforts rewarded

The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) honored Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg of Alexandria for their efforts to grow and strengthen the North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention, which is held annually in Fargo.

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2012-13 Minnesota Turkey Growers Association President Duane Jaenicke (left) honored Sharlene and Carl Wittenburg of Alexandria for their efforts to grow and strengthen the North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention. (Contributed photo)

The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) honored Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg of Alexandria for their efforts to grow and strengthen the North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention, which is held annually in Fargo.

The couple received the MTGA President's Award from outgoing president Duane Jaenicke of Roseau.

The MTGA President's Award is given annually to individuals chosen specifically for their dedication and commitment to the goals of the organization.

"I consider one of the most important goals of the MTGA is to strengthen grower profitability," Jaenicke said. "This is done by providing growers with relevant information to improve their farms, businesses and ability to raise turkeys. The North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention meets that criteria in large part because of the leadership and tireless efforts of Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg."

The North Dakota Poultry Industries Convention attracts a large group of attendees from Minnesota each year to Fargo and has seen tremendous growth over the past five years.

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The official award presentation took place at the MTGA's annual meeting in St. Paul on March 13.

The Wittenburgs raise turkeys and also co-own Protein Alliance, a full-service trading company, which represents Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls in the sales of all their products.

The company also works with all of the turkey processors in the country, buying and selling all forms of turkey products to domestic and export customers.

For more information on the MTGA

or its President's Award program, call (763) 682-2171 or visit www.Minnesotaturkey.com .

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