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.

We also welcome the opportunity to talk with you or to arrange an interview.

Email NTF’s Communications Department or call us at 202.898.1000.

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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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 10:05

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) and the American Meat Institute (AMI) have released a video presentation of a turkey farm and processing plant hosted by leading animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, Ph.D., professor of animal science at Colorado State University. The video is available on NTF’s YouTube channel or by visiting AMI’s “Glass Walls Project” at www.AnimalHandling.org 

Grandin guides the viewing public with an expert eye on the growth and delivery of 253 million turkeys each year. In...
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Monday, September 23, 2013 - 12:34


Federal law requires USDA inspectors be on-site at meat and poultry processing plants.  USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service employs 8,000 in-plant and other frontline personnel who protect public health in 6,200 federally inspected slaughter and processing establishments, in laboratories, and in commerce nationwide.

These federal officials stay on the job with day-to-day inspection. They verify that these establishments follow all food safety and humane...

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 14:15

House and Senate negotiators are set to reconcile differences, now that the House has approved its version of nutrition assistance, separate from its July passage of the 2013 Farm Bill.  The Senate's Farm Bill contains both farm programs and nutrition assistance.  The House vote on September 19 paved the way for selecting the conferees to negotiate the House version in meetings with Senators.  However, the separation of farm and nutrition in the House version, as well as work requirements for nutrition assistance that lower spending levels are stark differences with the...

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Monday, August 19, 2013 - 15:44

The Turkey on the Menu (T.O.M.) Award promotes turkey’s versatility and taste to recognize excellence of foodservice operations featuring turkey on their menus. 

Nominations
During September, each NTF processor member is asked to select at least one foodservice operation of any size (restaurant chain, single location or curbside operation) — and may ask that their nomination remain anonymous. Past award winners may be re-nominated, provided the turkey item is a new menu offering from that foodservice...
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