Turkey Industry Applauds USDA’s Turkey Breast Purchase Announcement

October 24, 2012
Washington, D.C.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sherrie Rosenblatt, National Turkey Federation 202-898-0100 ext. 7227 srosenblatt@turkeyfed.org The turkey industry applauded today’s announcement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that the Agriculture Department will be making up to a $60 million bonus purchase of turkey meat to help stabilize falling turkey prices. Vilsack’s announcement came during testimony before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. The secretary said USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intends to expedite a major bonus purchase of turkey meat within the next six weeks to help turkey growers and processors who have been hurt in the current recession. “The turkey industry thanks Secretary Vilsack and the poultry division at AMS for their favorable response to our recent request for a bonus purchase,” said NTF’s President Joel Brandenberger. “This purchase hopefully will help reverse a downward trend in turkey prices. It also will be helpful as USDA strives to meet its nutrition goals by providing this nutrient rich protein for the department’s feeding programs.” NTF in January had asked Vilsack for a bonus purchase of approximately 50 million pounds of boneless, skinless turkey breast meat. NTF said economists estimate that a 50 million-pound purchase would not restore breast meat prices to where they were before the recession began, but would begin the process of returning them to their historical average of the last four years. About the National Turkey Federation The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for all segments of the $8 billion turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities that increase demand for its members' products by protecting and enhancing their ability to profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious products. Its award-winning Web site, www.EatTurkey.com, offers consumers, food professionals and the media an extensive library of information including healthy eating and restaurant trends, turkey cuts and purchasing tips, turkey nutrition and cooking techniques, and turkey facts and trivia. Additionally, the site presents a searchable database of more than 1,800 recipes, offers a recipe E-mail program and provides special seasonal and holiday ideas. The National Turkey Federation is headquartered in Washington, D.C. ###