Turkey Industry Pioneer Receives NTF Lifetime Achievement Award

October 24, 2012
Washington, D.C.

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) honored Vance Larson, S&K Turkeys, who served as NTF chairman in 1986, with the NTF Lifetime Achievement Award.  Presented in Tampa, Fla., recently during the NTF Annual Convention, Larson received the award for being a leader and innovator in the turkey industry.

Pete Hermanson, a past NTF chairman (1988) and past Lifetime Achievement recipient (2004), presented Larson with the award.  In presenting the award, Hermanson said, "It was at NTF that Vance created his most lasting legacy in the industry...he had a passion for making NTF and the turkey industry the best organization possible."

Larson started in the turkey business when he was about 14 years old in Sergeant, Minn.  His family-owned turkey business began to grow and prosper and in 1965 the Larson family purchased the grain elevator in Sergeant, making it part of their operations.  In 1986, when he was elected NTF chairman, his operation was raising more than a quarter of a million turkeys annually, along with 5,000 hogs and 1,700 acres of corn.  He also served as president of Midwest Poultry Federation in 1983 and was a longtime force within the Minnesota turkey industry.

Hermanson concluded, "Vance's commitment to the turkey industry didn't end when his term as chairman was over or when he left the Executive Committee, he remained active in the federation serving through 2011 as a member of the Board of Directors."

NTF initiated the Lifetime Achievement Award program at its 1946 Annual Convention.  Since that time, 67 recipients have been recognized with this honor.