Who We Are

Willmar Poultry Company (WPC) was formed in 1945 to produce day-old turkey poults to supply a local market.  Through the years WPC steadily grew, which accelerated when Ag Forte was formed in 2000 through the acquisition of hatcheries in Missouri, Virginia and Ohio. Today, Ag Forte serves customers throughout the United States and even though we have grown a lot over the years, we are a still a small town family owned business with strong roots in farming. We bring a quality, innovative perspective on how to raise the best birds possible for the farmers that we serve. 

Our Purpose & Values

AgForte strives to lead the way in the turkey industry as the preferred poult supplier.


We will work to build a better future for those that follow in our footsteps.


We will be honest and do the right thing.


We will deliver extraordinary results that exceed expectations.


We will utilize our unique strengths to maximize our collective success.

Employee Well-Being

We will provide safety, stability and opportunity for our people.

What We Do

Our core competency is in the breeding and hatching of turkey poults. As your operation’s poult supplier of choice, we are committed to providing you the highest quality poults at the greatest value. You are our top priority. In order to best serve your needs, we have gathered the best team in the breeding and hatching industries.

Over 75 Million turkey eggs hatched every year

Our History

Albert Huisinga & Albin Norling

It all began in 1945, when three local farmers (Albert Huisinga, Herman Nelson, and Albin Norling) came together and started a company to process their own turkey meat. That company was Willmar Poultry and Egg Company. The founders set out to improve the turkey processing and hatching industries through “doing things better”. This established a successive pattern of focus on technological, process and personnel improvement for future generations of businesses and employees to follow. Our business is founded on one single word: Innovation.

Our visceral commitment to innovation has helped WPC confront the challenges that we have faced over the past six decades. Following a devastating fire in 1978 that could have easily ended the company’s existence, our leaders persevered and built from the ashes a state of the art hatchery that utilized computer technology to produce the best hatching results of any major turkey hatchery in the U.S. This hatchery was then and remains today the largest turkey hatchery in the world and continues on the leading edge of the development and implementation of turkey hatching and poult delivery technology.

1945Building Purchase

WillmarHatchery First hatchery to adopt automated hatching technology.

Today Willmar Poultry Company (WPC) represents more than 60 years of industry leadership in poultry genetics, biotechnology, agriculture, and engineering. We use our expertise in these areas to provide the highest quality eggs and poults at the greatest value to integrated food marketing companies, our own commercial production farms and independent turkey growers.

Ag Forte Headquarters is located on the beautiful MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar, MN