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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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 11:08

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, and United Egg Producers have made available an updated economic impact study that highlights the increased positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages, and federal and state revenue in the United States. A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the poultry industry collectively increased from 2012 to 2014 the number of jobs from 1,337,020 to 1,814,200, amount of wages from $63 billion to $100.2 billion, total economic activity from $265.5 billion to $469.6...

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 16:57

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is proud to be a member of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC). We share the belief that the improvement of agricultural trade between the U.S. and Cuba is the foundation for building successful and enduring relations between countries.

"While there have been limited turkey exports to Cuba, the Administration’s recent policy changes will allow an increase in agriculture trade. We are excited to share our delicious, healthy products with the Cuban people", said Joel Brandenberger, NTF president.   

Over the...

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 15:18

The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 80 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline according to the 2013 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Poultry processing’s 2013 rate of 4.5 represents an outstanding 80.2 percent decrease from 1994 (the oldest data available on the BLS website), when the recorded rate was 22.7. This demonstrates the enormous progress the industry has made in improving safety for its...

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 17:00

The National Turkey Federation today presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey to President Barack Obama from National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper of Cooper Farms.  This marks the 67th presentation to U.S. Presidents since 1947 by the National Turkey Federation.

“Tomorrow is a pretty special moment when we give thanks for the people we love, and where we're mindful of the incredible blessings that we have received,” said President Obama.  “We remember the folks who can’t spend their holiday at home, especially the brave men and women in uniform who help keep...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:34

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized 96 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. The annual safety awards were presented during the 2014 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Destin, Fla.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consist of members from U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent...

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 18:03

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) along with state, regional and federal leaders has been working since last winter with top senators to provide solutions to ensure adequate cold-weather propane supplies. Today, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced “Propane Supply for Heating Act of 2014,” cosponsored by Senate Energy Committee’s top leadership, including Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).     

“Last winter’s lessons must be applied to safeguard the lives and livelihood of rural residents dependent on propane for farmhouses and livestock barns...

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 16:21

The National Turkey Federation praised USDA for moving forward with its Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule.  USDA released the final version of the rule today, which will allow poultry plants nationwide the option to implement an enhanced inspection program that focuses even greater attention on the prevention of microbiological hazards.  This enhanced program was previously was limited to 25 pilot plants, but now that the rule has been finalized, NTF said it expects many turkey plants to adopt the new system.

“USDA is to be commended for standing up for...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 18:59

The turkey industry is committed to working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement logical steps in modernizing the U.S. food-safety inspection system to ensure it remains the world’s best. 

NTF was pleased to see that USDA’s proposed Poultry Inspection Modernization Rule has been submitted to the Office of Budget and Management for final review. Because draft documents under review are considered deliberative and not available for public release, NTF has not seen the final rule, but did submit comments in support of the proposed rule. That draft detailed a...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 09:21

The U. S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) proposed rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on March 28, 2014.

Many of our member companies have already installed ELDs in their fleets and enjoy the benefits of the technology including enhanced recordkeeping and other...

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 15:41

National Turkey Federation board member John Zimmerman today told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that significant steps are required to prevent another winter of dangerously low propane supplies caused by worsening complications to pipeline distribution.

Zimmerman, who is also a past president of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, was among those working with the National Turkey Federation and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) to restore propane supplies. The Midwest was forced into crisis mode as more than 20 governors declared emergencies...

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