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.

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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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Friday, July 26, 2013 - 11:16

Four meat and poultry associations today filed an Amici curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court urging the court to uphold a lower court decision that permitted collective bargaining agreements (CBA) to address compensation for clothes-changing time.

The associations include the American Meat Institute, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and North American Meat Association.

The brief was filed in support of a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, as well as several other appellate courts, that “affirms the long-...

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Friday, July 26, 2013 - 00:00

The National Turkey Federation welcomed Wednesday afternoon’s House Energy and Commerce Committee’s opening round of hearings  to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Stating that it is time to undertake an assessment of the RFS, the Committee began today with witnesses from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the chief economist from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“The National Turkey Federation encourages pointed discussion of the RFS,” said Joel Brandenberger, president of the National...

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 00:00

Following an announcement by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that they have introduced the bi-partisan Renewable Fuels Standard Repeal Act, (S. 1195) the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Chicken Council (NCC) and the National Turkey Federation (NTF) urge Congress to repeal the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

“RFS has been such a poorly managed mess, it’s time to drain the swamp,” said NTF President Joel Brandenberger. “The RFS needs a fresh start in order to put in place a smarter policy on the mix of fuel and feed.”...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 00:00

Today, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) hosts100 motorcyclists  on Capitol Hill, for the AMA “E15 Fuel for Thought Lobby Day” to highlight problems from by E15 fuel in motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines.

Motorcycles will circle the U.S. Capitol, followed by a rally. Participants will then visit their members of Congress in support of legislation new research on E15 effects in motorcycles and ATVs.

The National Turkey Federation (...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 00:00

National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger today told the House Oversight Subcommittee on Energy Policy that EPA’s failed management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver process has distorted feed costs for turkey, livestock and all poultry producers. Ultimately, Brandenberger told the subcommittee, that distortion has unnecessarily increased the prices consumers pay for food at restaurants and grocery stores.

“While the government cannot control the weather or almost any other factor that can come to bear on the U.S. corn supply, it fortunately has one tool...

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Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 00:00

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) commended the House Agriculture Committee for swiftly passing its version of the Farm Bill.

The legislation, known officially as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013, passed by a bipartisan vote of 36-10.  It now awaits floor consideration in the House of Representatives next month.

“The National Turkey Federation appreciates Chairman Frank Lucas, (R-OK) and Ranking Member...

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