NTF Statement on Sequestration

February 28, 2013
Washington, DC

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. 

NTF recognizes USDA is attempting to implement a sequestration plan aimed at minimizing the potential disruption to meat and poultry production.  Nonetheless, a furlough of any length would delay processing and cause significant consequences including loss of income, potential feed shortages, higher grocery prices, potential harm to animals, and expected job cuts.  The turkey industry alone employs more than 145,000 people.

The economic, legal, and safety ramifications caused by a furlough are unprecedented and far reaching, and simply not in the public’s best interest. NTF has been adamant from the outset in telling Congress and the administration that sequestration should not affect the essential services our government provides to protect the nation's food supply.