News Releases and Statements

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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 

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. 

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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