News Releases and Statements

National Turkey Federation's most current news releases are listed first on this page.  
For prior years, visit the News Archives.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 17:28

President Barack Obama received the National Thanksgiving Turkey named “Abe” from National Turkey Federation Chairman Dr. Jihad Douglas Wednesday afternoon at the White House. The event marks the 68th anniversary of the presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in celebration of a uniquely American holiday.

“We go through challenging times, and so often the news of the day can make folks discouraged. But the fact is, is that we live in the greatest country on Earth, and we are blessed in so many ways, most of all because we have families and friends and people we care about...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 15:07

Store prices for frozen turkey drops 18 cents/pound from previous week
USDA’s latest weekly survey of advertised retail prices for the consumers’ choice of frozen turkey hens dropped 18 cents per pound from the previous week and remained just a penny cheaper per pound than last year in the week before Thanksgiving, as observed by the National Turkey Federation. The official USDA report is the most current authoritative assessment of retail turkey prices, surveying 20,591 retail supermarket outlets through November 19.  

The USDA National Retail Report on...

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Friday, September 18, 2015 - 11:54

The National Turkey Federation has released to members its comprehensive response manual for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), providing an updated resource for NTF members with advice and checklists to help coordinate and respond against future HPAI infection.

“These tools will help NTF members to deal with an HPAI outbreak as well as reassure our key stakeholders that the poultry industry is working decisively and effectively to protect public health and the food supply,” said NTF Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Vice President Lisa Wallenda Picard. 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 18:03

“I am currently living the avian influenza nightmare,” said Iowa turkey farmer Brad Moline.  Testifying Tuesday afternoon on behalf of the National Turkey Federation’s growers and processors before the Senate Agriculture Committee, Moline said two thirds of his family’s farm income has been wiped-out with the loss of all 12 growing barns containing more than 56,000 turkeys. The nationwide loss from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) of nearly 8 million turkeys and an economic impact of nearly $500 million and 400 employee layoffs has weighed heavily in communities where each of...

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Monday, March 9, 2015 - 18:58

Protective actions against Avian Influenza in poultry safeguard the food supply and are in place to prevent exposure to other poultry flocks. 

More about Avian Influenza

 

  • Recent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) cases have occurred in individual turkey flocks in states...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 16:32

“The National Turkey Federation applauds the bi‐partisan, bi‐cameral strategy of Senators Pat Toomey (R‐PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D‐CA) to introduce RFS reform similar to the House measure of Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R‐VA), Jim Costa (D‐CA), Peter Welch (D‐VT) and Steve Womack (RAR). With both House and Senate focused on reform, Congress can succeed in removing the sluggish ethanol mandate clogging America’s food and fuel system,” said National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger.

“The government‐mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is unequivocally broken. The most recent...

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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 15:46

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) Board of Directors has elected members of the 2015 Executive Committee during its February annual convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Jihad Douglas, president of Aviagen Turkeys, Inc. was elected 2015 NTF chairman.

The Board also elected John Reicks, vice president of internal operations for Tyson Foods, Inc., as vice-chairman; Carl Wittenburg, president of Protein Alliance, Inc., as secretary-treasurer. Gary Cooper, chief operating officer of Cooper Farms, assumes the position of immediate past chairman.

Jihad Douglas completed his...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:36

WASHINGTON, DC – “The government mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is unequivocally broken.  The most recent example is the EPA failure to follow-through on its plan to stop increasing the amount of feed corn siphoned off into fuel. ‘The RFS Reform Act’ takes decisive action to remove the corn ethanol mandate and its negative consequences to food production and consumers everywhere,” said National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger.  

“The National Turkey Federation encourages Congress to finally take action and pass the reform legislation led by Reps. Bob...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 14:55

The National Turkey Federation calls on Congress to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), for effective negotiation and conclusion of beneficial trade agreements.

"Trade Promotion Authority gives our trade negotiators the maximum flexibility to get a deal that expands turkey sales abroad and that benefit all American poultry and livestock producers. Congress retains the final say on whether a deal should be approved, and we urge the House and Senate to move swiftly to grant this authority," said NTF President Joel Brandenberger....

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 13:14

Americans can continue to enjoy turkey products with full confidence, according to the National Turkey Federation.

 “USDA’s effective response to target avian influenza at a remote central California turkey ranch underscores why consumers can be secure in the fundamental safety of the food supply and continue to enjoy turkey,” said Lisa Wallenda Picard, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the National Turkey Federation.

“Though this strain of avian...

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