Bob Petersen, retired employee of Willmar Poultry Company, was honored for his many years of service to Minnesota’s turkey industry with the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association's 2011 Allied Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award, which acknowledges long-term service to the industry, long-term support of the MTGA, a solid reputation and a commitment to enhancing Minnesota's turkey industry, was presented at the MTGA's summer meeting. “This year’s recipient was truly a no brainer for the MTGA to choose for this award," said MTGA Allied Committee Chairman Gregg Veldman of Novus International. "Petersen is a well-known ‘turkey specialist’ who loved to build strong relationships with turkey farmers in order to understand and best help them with their turkey management.”

Petersen’s role at WPC was to diagnose disease, discuss turkey management strategies with growers and to sell them feed through FSE. In the early 2000s, Petersen partially retired, working part-time with a handful of clients.