Brey to represent Minnesota Turkey, Research Promotion Council at Midwest industry event


BUFFALO — Brown County turkey grower Loren “Butch” Brey was appointed by the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) to serve on the Midwest Poultry Federation (MPF) Board of Directors for their 2020 virtual convention in August. MPF’s primary purpose is to educate individuals for advancing the Midwest poultry industry.

“I’m honored to serve on the board that presents the Midwest poultry industry and help them navigate through the challenges COVID has presented for our annual convention,” Brey said.

Brey is the owner of Brey Farms in Brown County where he and his wife Brenda raise breeder hens. He has been involved in the turkey industry for 31 years and knows a thing a two about growing turkeys.

“Minnesota is the number one producer of turkeys in the nation,” Minnesota Turkey Grower Association Executive Director Sarah Anderson said. “Butch is a strong voice for Minnesota turkey growers – an industry that has over a $1 billion impact on the state’s economy.”

To accommodate for the virtual platform, MPF shared links with attendees to participate in their virtual trade show and education sessions. Attendees were able to virtually interact with show exhibitors and live chat with other attendees. For those who weren’t able to attend the entire convention, the show will remain “on-demand” and is accessible through August 31.

“This convention is a tremendous opportunity for turkey growers to interact with one another, ask questions to industry professionals and learn about cutting edge technology at the trade show,” Brey said.

In addition to raising turkeys, Brey grows corn and soybeans. He and his wife have two daughters, Morgan and Courtney, and last December, welcomed grandson Bennet. In his free time, Loren enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time at the lake with his family.

The MTRPC is an organization of turkey farmers formed by the state legislature in 1965 through the Minnesota Commodities Promotion Act. MTRPC is the oldest commodity council in the state and represents over 450 independent turkey growers.


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