News Releases and Statements

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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 15:46

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) Board of Directors has elected members of the 2015 Executive Committee during its February annual convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Jihad Douglas, president of Aviagen Turkeys, Inc. was elected 2015 NTF chairman.

The Board also elected John Reicks, vice president of internal operations for Tyson Foods, Inc., as vice-chairman; Carl Wittenburg, president of Protein Alliance, Inc., as secretary-treasurer. Gary Cooper, chief operating officer of Cooper Farms, assumes the position of immediate past chairman.

Jihad Douglas completed his...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:36

WASHINGTON, DC – “The government mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is unequivocally broken.  The most recent example is the EPA failure to follow-through on its plan to stop increasing the amount of feed corn siphoned off into fuel. ‘The RFS Reform Act’ takes decisive action to remove the corn ethanol mandate and its negative consequences to food production and consumers everywhere,” said National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger.  

“The National Turkey Federation encourages Congress to finally take action and pass the reform legislation led by Reps. Bob...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 14:55

The National Turkey Federation calls on Congress to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), for effective negotiation and conclusion of beneficial trade agreements.

"Trade Promotion Authority gives our trade negotiators the maximum flexibility to get a deal that expands turkey sales abroad and that benefit all American poultry and livestock producers. Congress retains the final say on whether a deal should be approved, and we urge the House and Senate to move swiftly to grant this authority," said NTF President Joel Brandenberger....

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 13:14

Americans can continue to enjoy turkey products with full confidence, according to the National Turkey Federation.

 “USDA’s effective response to target avian influenza at a remote central California turkey ranch underscores why consumers can be secure in the fundamental safety of the food supply and continue to enjoy turkey,” said Lisa Wallenda Picard, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the National Turkey Federation.

“Though this strain of avian...

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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 11:08

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, and United Egg Producers have made available an updated economic impact study that highlights the increased positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages, and federal and state revenue in the United States. A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the poultry industry collectively increased from 2012 to 2014 the number of jobs from 1,337,020 to 1,814,200, amount of wages from $63 billion to $100.2 billion, total economic activity from $265.5 billion to $469.6...

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 16:57

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is proud to be a member of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC). We share the belief that the improvement of agricultural trade between the U.S. and Cuba is the foundation for building successful and enduring relations between countries.

"While there have been limited turkey exports to Cuba, the Administration’s recent policy changes will allow an increase in agriculture trade. We are excited to share our delicious, healthy products with the Cuban people", said Joel Brandenberger, NTF president.   

Over the...

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 15:18

The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 80 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline according to the 2013 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Poultry processing’s 2013 rate of 4.5 represents an outstanding 80.2 percent decrease from 1994 (the oldest data available on the BLS website), when the recorded rate was 22.7. This demonstrates the enormous progress the industry has made in improving safety for its...

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 17:00

The National Turkey Federation today presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey to President Barack Obama from National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper of Cooper Farms.  This marks the 67th presentation to U.S. Presidents since 1947 by the National Turkey Federation.

“Tomorrow is a pretty special moment when we give thanks for the people we love, and where we're mindful of the incredible blessings that we have received,” said President Obama.  “We remember the folks who can’t spend their holiday at home, especially the brave men and women in uniform who help keep...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:34

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized 96 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. The annual safety awards were presented during the 2014 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Destin, Fla.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consist of members from U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent...

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 18:03

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) along with state, regional and federal leaders has been working since last winter with top senators to provide solutions to ensure adequate cold-weather propane supplies. Today, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced “Propane Supply for Heating Act of 2014,” cosponsored by Senate Energy Committee’s top leadership, including Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).     

“Last winter’s lessons must be applied to safeguard the lives and livelihood of rural residents dependent on propane for farmhouses and livestock barns...

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