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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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 00:00

A diverse array of agriculture, business, environment, hunger, taxpayer, and public interest groups hailed U.S. Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT) for introducing the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act. Their response to today’s press conference held at the House Triangle, reiterated  the devastating impact the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has had on the economy and consumers across the country and around the world. 

If passed into law, the new bill would eliminate the corn based ethanol mandate under...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 00:00

The Turkey Industry Highlights On-going and New Practices to Ensure Food Safety

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) said there was essentially nothing new  in today's report issued by the Pew Charitable Trusts regarding a 2011 voluntary ground turkey recall, because many of the steps outlined in the report have already been implemented by government and industry.

"Many aspects of the recall underscored the best in government-industry collaboration and transparency as both worked to respond to the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses, said NTF...

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 00:00

Includes Provision to Advert Meat and Poultry Inspector Furlough

The National Turkey Federation today praised the Senate for passing a continuing appropriations bill that includes a critical amendment that hopefully will prevent a furlough of meat and poultry inspectors this year. 

By a voice vote, the Senate approved a resolution authored by Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., that provides additional funding to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and that confirms the department has the budgetary flexibility necessary to avoid the furloughs...

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Monday, March 4, 2013 - 00:00

Outlines RFS’s negative effects on poultry producers, family farms, consumers and US economy

“The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is broken, but Congress can fix the rule by acting now and opening an inclusive, robust debate that leads to extensive reform,” said Dr. Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon, LLC, today at a media briefing with more than 50 reporters.  Dr. Elam presented his remarks on behalf of the National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. 

Congress in 2005 enacted the first RFS which mandated levels of ethanol to be blended with...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 00:00

Attribute to NTF President Joel Brandenberger

Washington, D.C., February 28, 2013 -

On behalf of our member organizations, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) is deeply concerned with the looming sequestration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) plans to furlough the nation's federal meat and poultry inspectors as a result. 

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 13:23

U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Hears Testimony for Reaching Immigration Reform

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security conducted a hearing today, “From H-2A to a Workable Agricultural Guestworker Program,” where the Food Manufacturers Immigration Coalition, of which the National Turkey Federation (NTF) is a member, illustrated the importance of a stable and permanent workforce that can help sustain the rural communities where meat and poultry facilities often operate.  

NTF and its coalition...

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Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 00:00

Robert H. “Twig” Strickler Receives NTF Lifetime Achievement Award

San Diego, CA—The National Turkey Federation (NTF) honored longtime turkey industry leader Robert H. “Twig” Strickler with the NTF Lifetime Achievement Award during its annual convention being held in San Diego.  Strickler received the award for being one of the pioneers in developing the modern turkey industry and producing fresh turkey retail products.  

NTF Chairman Steve Willardsen—who once worked for Strickler—presented him the award.

Strickler spent...

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Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 00:00

Incoming Officers Reflect Diversity of the Turkey Industry

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) today elected the 2013 Executive Committee (EC) during its annual convention being held in San Diego.  Elected by the NTF Board of Directors, the EC contains a diverse group of turkey industry leaders.  Among them is John Burkel—an independent turkey grower from Badger, Minnesota—who was elected 2013 NTF chairman.

The Board also elected Gary Cooper, chief operating officer of Cooper Farms in Ohio, as vice chairman; and, Jihad Douglas, president of...

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:23

San Diego, California, February 14, 2013 -

San Diego, CAThe National Turkey Federation (NTF) presented its 11th annual “Turkey on the Menu” (T.O.M.) Awards at its national convention today. The awards recognize food service providers in the categories of supermarket foodservice, fast food, quick casual, mid-scale, and full service dining who best featured innovative turkey dishes on their menus. 

NTF president Joel Brandenberger said, “The T.O.M. awards truly illustrate...

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Monday, February 11, 2013 - 00:00

Cutting an essential, legally mandated program not the way to address budget deficit, groups say

The National Turkey Federation (NTF), along with 37 organizations representing various aspects of animal agriculture, livestock and poultry producers, food processing and manufacturing, retail, international trade and transportation, wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to express strong concerns with the possibility of furloughing the nation's federal meat, poultry and egg products inspectors in the event sequestration goes...
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