Joe C. Nielsen, a 20-year veteran of the turkey industry, has been elected chairman of the board of Norbest Inc., the Utah-based international turkey processing and marketing cooperative.

Nielsen succeeds Richard F. Shinn Jr., Dunning, Neb., who held the post from 1975 to 1977 and since 1984. John Stoller, Dayton, Ore., one of seven members on the Norbest board, was elected vice chairman.In addition to serving as chairman of the Norbest board, Nielsen will continue as president of Moroni Feed Co., Moroni, Sanpete County, a post he has held for five years.

Moroni Feed is a cooperative incorporated in 1938 that has evolved into a feed division, a turkey hatchery, a processing plant and a farmer's local co-op service. It produces 4 million turkey poults annually and employs between 800 and 850 people during the peak season.

A native of Ephraim, Nielsen graduated from Snow College and graduated from the University of Utah in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Stoller is president of John W. Stoller Inc., a turkey growing firm he founded in 1972, which produces 1 million turkeys annual for processing by the Oregon Turkey Growers, Salem, Ore., a member of the Norbest cooperative.