News Releases and Statements

National Turkey Federation's most current news releases are listed first on this page.  
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 14:46

The U. S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation submitted comments opposing the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed rules governing representation procedures.  The proposed rules, dubbed “Quickie Election rules” for their anticipated impact on the election process timeframe, were published in the Federal Register on February 6, 2014.

The comments were prepared by the Joint...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 15:22

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) urged the Food and Drug Administration to recognize proven, existing safeguards inherent where there is common ownership of turkeys and the feed mills supplying them and to exempt those mills from a new FDA regulation. 

In comments submitted Monday to FDA’s proposed rule on preventive controls in animal feed, NTF said a mill’s exclusive supply arrangement to feed the turkeys of common ownership provides an economic incentive greater than any regulation to produce the safest, highest quality feed.

“The core intent of the rule appears...

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 15:36

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) elected the 2014 Executive Committee (EC) during its annual convention being held in Orlando last week. Elected by the NTF Board of Directors, the EC contains a diverse group of turkey industry leaders.  Among them is Gary Cooper, chief operating officer of Cooper Farms in Ohio —who was elected 2014 NTF chairman.

The Board also elected Jihad Douglas, president of Aviagen Turkeys, as vice-chairman; John Reicks, vice president of operations of Hillshire Brands, as secretary-treasurer.  John Burkel—an independent turkey grower from Badger...

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 13:06

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) today announced City Barbeque as the recipient of its 12th annual “Turkey on the Menu” (T.O.M.) award in the “fast casual” category at its national convention.  The T.O.M. award recognizes food service providers nominated by NTF members in the categories of fast casual, mid-scale, full service dining, and non-traditional. City Barbeque was started by a competition barbeque team in 1999, headquartered in Dublin, Ohio with 23 locations in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, City Barbeque honors heritage and tradition that the best regions of...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 13:29

The National Turkey Federation and Minnesota Turkey Growers Association are pressing an effective coordinated solution to the widening critical shortage of propane to ensure key members of Congress have the attention of federal officials. Turkey growers have been among the first to organize on behalf of rural residents whose homes and poultry barns share farmland in the isolated Midwest and ice-covered South.  Propane is their only fuel supply to keep rural families safe and their barn animals alive in bitter cold snow and ice.  More than 20 states have issued disaster...

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Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 11:57

            The National Turkey Federation and National Chicken Council, with a coalition of poultry and livestock groups, announced their support for the “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act” which was introduced today by Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Kay Hagan (D-NC).  In a coalition letter urging each member of the U.S. Senate to commit support as cosponsors, the bipartisan legislation was hailed as a simple, effective solution to the problems caused by corn diverted to ethanol, driving up feed costs and consumer prices for...

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Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 13:20
“USDA’s average wholesale broiler meat prices leapt from 68 cents in 2005 to a record high 91 cents in December, 2012—a 35 percent increase. Turkey meat soared from 79 cents in 2005 to a record high of 120 cents a few months ago.  
And it’s not just poultry that costs more....
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 16:52
  Salmonella bacteria are the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illness. These ...
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:50

National Turkey Federation Keeps Focus on RFS Volatility of Feed Costs
Turkey producers say less corn siphoned away from feed is first remedy

            WASHINGTON, D.C.,  Dec 4, 2013– The National Turkey Federation on Thursday will encourage government regulators at a national public hearing to proceed with their one-year proposed decrease in the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) but will warn that Congress still must pass legislation fully reforming the...

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 15:26

WASHINGTON – Nov. 27, 2013 – President Barack Obama today accepted the National Thanksgiving Turkey from National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota.  The presentation has occurred each year since 1947.

“This is a quintessentially American holiday, and during this time we give thanks to our friends and our family, for citizens who show compassion to those in need, and for neighbors who help strangers they’ve never met.  We give thanks for the blessings of freedom and opportunity that previous generations worked so hard to secure...

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