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Lawmakers host turkey burger cookout at Capitol

MinnPost photo by Briana Bierschbach
GOP state Sen. Jeremy Miller getting a turkey burger.

Minnesota legislators continue to support the state’s turkey industry — and assure consumers that it’s safe to eat turkey — by holding  a turkey burger cookout at lunch today on the Capitol grounds.

Legislators have already authorized $900,000 in state emergency funding to help in the avian flu crisis which has led Minnesota farmers to destroy more than five million birds. More state aid is likely.

Rural legislators are hosting today’s cookout, which is free and open to the public. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Capitol.

Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton served a turkey lunch to his interns to reassure consumers.

GOP state Sen. Carla Nelson serving burgers.
MinnPost photo by Briana Bierschbach
GOP state Sen. Carla Nelson serving burgers.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by David Hoffman on 05/06/2015 - 02:20 pm.

    Turkey burgers.

    Darn it, more problems with turkey means the price for turkey products will rise again. The pork producers are consistently the lowest per pound of edible product in my area of the State of Georgia. Beef is unaffordable. Chicken products can be higher than pork products on a per pound of edible product basis. Aldi’s and Kroger grocery stores do have some ground turkey products on sale at affordable prices ooccasionally. We need the equivalent of frozen chicken leg quarters, frozen turkey leg quarters, to be more widely available. Lowest cost per pound of edible chicken product comes in a 10 pound bag. Maybe the turkey industry could do something similar.

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