News Releases and Statements

National Turkey Federation's most current news releases are listed first on this page.  
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Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 13:48

NTF believes today’s notice regarding the importation of cooked chicken from China is an essential first step in the process of restoring normal exports of U.S. turkey, and all poultry to China.  In 2013, the U.S. exported more than $70 million worth of turkey meat to China, but that trade has been suspended for more than two years now.


The process that begins today needs to be completed as soon as possible so that normal trade between our countries can resume.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 12:10

In a recent letter to the current administration, the North American Agriculture and Trade Coalition referred to the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) as a “bonanza for American Agriculture.”   The National Chicken Council (NCC), USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), and the National Turkey Federation (NTF) today echoed that sentiment in comments filed with the Office of the United States Trade Representative.  The agency requested public comment on possible modernization of NAFTA in order to inform development of U.S. negotiating positions.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:43

When Americans fire-up their grills for summertime meals, turkey will be seared, roasted, braised, and smoked like never before – featuring everything from kabobs, sausages and tenderloins to cutlets and turkey burgers. This June, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) pre-heats the grill for turkey to celebrate the 28th annual June is Turkey Lovers’ Month® and 2nd annual National Turkey Lovers’ Day, which also coincides with Father’s Day, Sunday...

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Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:14

NTF, along with 65 major animal agriculture groups, animal science organizations and veterinarians have united behind a new Animal Disease and Disaster Prevention Program, urging Congress to include this program in the 2018 Farm Bill. This broad coalition will be represented by Andy Snider of Michigan Turkey producers who will testify during the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill field hearing Saturday morning at Michigan State University. The group urges Congress to establish a forward-looking disease...

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Monday, April 24, 2017 - 18:12

The National Turkey Federation and America’s turkey producers applaud the Senate’s confirmation of Sonny Perdue as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Secretary Perdue brings to the job executive experience from his tenure as Georgia’s governor, a background in family farming and a special knowledge of poultry and meat production that comes with being a veterinarian.  NTF and its members are looking forward to his real-world approach to agriculture. He understands that agriculture is the foundation of our nation and that, given a strong economic environment, America has...

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:38

National Turkey Federation members are very pleased the Senate Agriculture Committee today recommended the full Senate confirm Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture. Governor Perdue brings experience and a dedication to agriculture as a farmer’s son and veterinary doctor. In his two terms as governor, the people of Georgia recognized his leadership and executive abilities.

Sonny Perdue is well qualified to lead USDA, and well thought of by those involved in the daily work of agriculture and food production. We look forward to the Senate’s confirmation vote so that he can begin...

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Friday, March 24, 2017 - 13:22

The National Turkey Federation today called on USDA to withdraw rules and proposals that would upend the contract relationships among growers and processors throughout the poultry business. Today, NTF submitted public comments to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). The comments detail the increased uncertainty and unintended consequences that would outweigh any purported benefits.

NTF cited concerns that include:

  • The overriding concern that the increased legal and regulatory uncertainty created by these...
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 09:43

National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg advocated for protection of the nation’s nearly $441 billion investment in poultry and livestock requiring a forward-looking, mandatory Animal Pest and Disease Prevention Program designed to limit the impacts of foreign diseases on American livestock and poultry producers.  In testimony before the House Agriculture Livestock Subcommittee on Tuesday, Wittenburg, a North Dakota turkey farmer, warned that the recent outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) among chickens illustrates the continued risk that must be addressed...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 15:16

The National Turkey Federation praised the President’s appointment of Ray Starling as the Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance within the National Economic Council. With experience in legislative and agricultural policy, Starling is former Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and served in senior advisory positions within North Carolina, the nation’s second-largest turkey producing state.  Starling’s appointment as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance revitalizes the position, after an...

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 15:14

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) Board of Directors has elected members of the 2017 Executive Committee during its February annual convention in Orlando, FL, Carl Wittenburg, President and Founder of Protein Alliance, Inc., was elected 2017 NTF chairman.

The Board also elected Jeff Sveen, Chairman of the Board for Dakota Provisions, as vice-chairman; and Glenn Leitch, President of Jennie-O Turkey Store, as secretary-treasurer. John Reicks, Vice President of Internal Operations for Tyson Foods, Inc., will stay on as Immediate Past Chairman.

Raised in Wyndmere, ND, on a...

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