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, May 25, 2016 - 13:59

Our employees are our most important asset and their safety is of paramount importance.  As such, the National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association fully cooperated with GAO for more than a year, through stakeholder interviews and processing plant visits, as GAO worked on its report, released today.  We are pleased to see the report emphasizes the fact that injuries and illnesses have decreased dramatically in the poultry processing industry over the past several years.  ...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 17:35
The National Turkey Federation and its members appreciate the leadership of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) with the introduction of S. 2827, “Willing Workers and Willing Employers Act of 2016”.
This legislation is an encouraging addition to the conversation about foreign-born workers in the semi-skilled sector of the economy. It creates a common-sense pilot program that allows the U.S. government to ensure that workers and employers are utilizing the system as it was intended, that visa holders are complying with its rules, and that the program is operating in...
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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 17:11

The National Turkey Federation, along with 225 other agricultural and food organizations and the Administration, are supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and are now encouraging Congress to approve.

The TPP is a trade agreement across 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region that will increase new market opportunities for U.S. exporters well as encourage economic growth. For U.S. turkey farmers, this will allow increased market access to Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and more.

“While TPP will help remove trade barriers and allow future market access, it is also an...

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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 13:26

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) Board of Directors has elected members of the 2016 Executive Committee during its February annual convention in Tucson, Arizona. John Reicks, Vice President of Internal Operations for Tyson Foods, Inc., was elected 2016 NTF chairman.

The Board also elected Carl Wittenburg, president of Protein Alliance, Inc., as vice-chairman; and Jeff Sveen of Dakota Provisions, as secretary-treasurer. Jihad Douglas, president of Aviagen Turkeys will stay on as Immediate Past Chairman.

John Reicks, a seasoned veteran of the meat and food industry for more...

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 17:28

President Barack Obama received the National Thanksgiving Turkey named “Abe” from National Turkey Federation Chairman Dr. Jihad Douglas Wednesday afternoon at the White House. The event marks the 68th anniversary of the presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in celebration of a uniquely American holiday.

“We go through challenging times, and so often the news of the day can make folks discouraged. But the fact is, is that we live in the greatest country on Earth, and we are blessed in so many ways, most of all because we have families and friends and people we care about...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 15:07

Store prices for frozen turkey drops 18 cents/pound from previous week
USDA’s latest weekly survey of advertised retail prices for the consumers’ choice of frozen turkey hens dropped 18 cents per pound from the previous week and remained just a penny cheaper per pound than last year in the week before Thanksgiving, as observed by the National Turkey Federation. The official USDA report is the most current authoritative assessment of retail turkey prices, surveying 20,591 retail supermarket outlets through November 19.  

The USDA National Retail Report on...

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Friday, September 18, 2015 - 11:54

The National Turkey Federation has released to members its comprehensive response manual for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), providing an updated resource for NTF members with advice and checklists to help coordinate and respond against future HPAI infection.

“These tools will help NTF members to deal with an HPAI outbreak as well as reassure our key stakeholders that the poultry industry is working decisively and effectively to protect public health and the food supply,” said NTF Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Vice President Lisa Wallenda Picard. 


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 18:03

“I am currently living the avian influenza nightmare,” said Iowa turkey farmer Brad Moline.  Testifying Tuesday afternoon on behalf of the National Turkey Federation’s growers and processors before the Senate Agriculture Committee, Moline said two thirds of his family’s farm income has been wiped-out with the loss of all 12 growing barns containing more than 56,000 turkeys. The nationwide loss from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) of nearly 8 million turkeys and an economic impact of nearly $500 million and 400 employee layoffs has weighed heavily in communities where each of...

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Monday, March 9, 2015 - 18:58

Protective actions against Avian Influenza in poultry safeguard the food supply and are in place to prevent exposure to other poultry flocks. 

More about Avian Influenza


  • Recent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) cases have occurred in individual turkey flocks in states...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 16:32

“The National Turkey Federation applauds the bi‐partisan, bi‐cameral strategy of Senators Pat Toomey (R‐PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D‐CA) to introduce RFS reform similar to the House measure of Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R‐VA), Jim Costa (D‐CA), Peter Welch (D‐VT) and Steve Womack (RAR). With both House and Senate focused on reform, Congress can succeed in removing the sluggish ethanol mandate clogging America’s food and fuel system,” said National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger.

“The government‐mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is unequivocally broken. The most recent...

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