Our History


Dakota Provisions came from the vision of 44 turkey growers who were looking for new ways to keep their family turkey farms thriving. The growers realized that for their farms to survive, they needed to not only grow but also process the turkey they raised. Under the leadership of Kenneth D. Rutledge, who had 31 years of experience in poultry processing, the growers invested in a technologically advanced processing facility.

The Dakota Provisions processing plant opened in December 2005. What began as a grassroots effort of 44 growers across the heart of the Midwest has turned into a world-class processing facility that produces 320 million pounds of product each year.