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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Friday, March 23, 2018 - 12:49

U.S. poultry and egg producers praised Congress for passing legislation that provides farmers relief from federal emergency response laws that were never intended to apply to routine, non-emergency farming and ranching activities. Included in the omnibus government spending packaging approved by Congress was the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act. The legislation reverses a federal circuit court ruling from last year and limits the circumstances in which farms would need to report air emissions from poultry and livestock operations under the Comprehensive Environmental Response...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 15:56

With a federal court order in six weeks set to impose a massive reporting deadline on farmers, the National Turkey Federation, National Chicken Council, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and United Egg Producers applauded Wednesday’s bi-partisan House legislation which makes law a policy that had the full support of the Bush and Obama Administrations, with commonsense clarity for on-farm reporting of air emissions from animal manure.  

Introduced by Reps. Billy Long (R-MO) and Jim Costa (D-CA) with 83 cosponsors, the “Agricultural Certainty for Reporting Emissions” (ACRE Act...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 13:23

The National Turkey Federation, National Chicken Council, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and United Egg Producers praised a breakthrough bi-partisan bill introduced today by 20 senators to correct a pending federal court requirement that nearly a quarter of a million farmers must calculate and report to federal emergency response authorities the natural emission of ammonia from poultry and livestock manure.

“This is significant breakthrough legislation restoring CERCLA reporting to its intended purpose, a united legislative effort that has been nearly 15 years in the making,...

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 13:13

Closing the distance from farm to fork, America’s turkey farmers, represented by the National Turkey Federation, have prepared a new series of videos and resources offering common-sense answers about raising healthy turkey flocks on family farms.

The videos are available at

Featuring a series of videos introducing consumers to turkeys raised on corn and soybeans in climate-comfortable protective barns, Minnesota turkey farmer John Zimmerman answers questions in an approachable manner with the view...

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 17:39

Today, National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey named “Drumstick” to President Donald J. Trump during a White House ceremony celebrating the 70th anniversary of the event that has occurred since 1947.

“As we gather together with our families on Thanksgiving and give thanks for our many blessings, we are reminded of the national family to which we all belong as citizens of this incredible country,” said President Trump. “This Thursday, as we give thanks for our cherished loved ones, let us also renew our bonds of trust...

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 14:49

The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 82 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline according to the 2016 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2016 was 4.2 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), down from 4.3 in 2015. The poultry industry’s rate of 4.2 was below the...

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 14:02

At the 2017 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Fla., 147 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.

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

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Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 13:48

NTF believes today’s notice regarding the importation of cooked chicken from China is an essential first step in the process of restoring normal exports of U.S. turkey, and all poultry to China.  In 2013, the U.S. exported more than $70 million worth of turkey meat to China, but that trade has been suspended for more than two years now.

The process that begins today needs to be completed as soon as possible so that normal trade between our countries can resume.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 12:10

In a recent letter to the current administration, the North American Agriculture and Trade Coalition referred to the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) as a “bonanza for American Agriculture.”   The National Chicken Council (NCC), USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), and the National Turkey Federation (NTF) today echoed that sentiment in comments filed with the Office of the United States Trade Representative.  The agency requested public comment on possible modernization of NAFTA in order to inform development of U.S. negotiating positions.


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Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:43

When Americans fire-up their grills for summertime meals, turkey will be seared, roasted, braised, and smoked like never before – featuring everything from kabobs, sausages and tenderloins to cutlets and turkey burgers. This June, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) pre-heats the grill for turkey to celebrate the 28th annual June is Turkey Lovers’ Month® and 2nd annual National Turkey Lovers’ Day, which also coincides with Father’s Day, Sunday...

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