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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Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:38

National Turkey Federation members are very pleased the Senate Agriculture Committee today recommended the full Senate confirm Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture. Governor Perdue brings experience and a dedication to agriculture as a farmer’s son and veterinary doctor. In his two terms as governor, the people of Georgia recognized his leadership and executive abilities.

Sonny Perdue is well qualified to lead USDA, and well thought of by those involved in the daily work of agriculture and food production. We look forward to the Senate’s confirmation vote so that he can begin...

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Friday, March 24, 2017 - 13:22

The National Turkey Federation today called on USDA to withdraw rules and proposals that would upend the contract relationships among growers and processors throughout the poultry business. Today, NTF submitted public comments to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). The comments detail the increased uncertainty and unintended consequences that would outweigh any purported benefits.

NTF cited concerns that include:

  • The overriding concern that the increased legal and regulatory uncertainty created by these...
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 09:43

National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg advocated for protection of the nation’s nearly $441 billion investment in poultry and livestock requiring a forward-looking, mandatory Animal Pest and Disease Prevention Program designed to limit the impacts of foreign diseases on American livestock and poultry producers.  In testimony before the House Agriculture Livestock Subcommittee on Tuesday, Wittenburg, a North Dakota turkey farmer, warned that the recent outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) among chickens illustrates the continued risk that must be addressed...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 15:16

The National Turkey Federation praised the President’s appointment of Ray Starling as the Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance within the National Economic Council. With experience in legislative and agricultural policy, Starling is former Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and served in senior advisory positions within North Carolina, the nation’s second-largest turkey producing state.  Starling’s appointment as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance revitalizes the position, after an...

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 15:14

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) Board of Directors has elected members of the 2017 Executive Committee during its February annual convention in Orlando, FL, Carl Wittenburg, President and Founder of Protein Alliance, Inc., was elected 2017 NTF chairman.

The Board also elected Jeff Sveen, Chairman of the Board for Dakota Provisions, as vice-chairman; and Glenn Leitch, President of Jennie-O Turkey Store, as secretary-treasurer. John Reicks, Vice President of Internal Operations for Tyson Foods, Inc., will stay on as Immediate Past Chairman.

Raised in Wyndmere, ND, on a...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 15:35

Updated study quantifies the economic impact of the poultry industry in the United States

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 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 U.S. poultry industry provides 1,682,269 jobs, $96 billion in wages, $441.15 billion in economic activity and $34 billion in...

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Monday, November 28, 2016 - 16:48

National Turkey Federation Chairman John Reicks today presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey to President Barack Obama during a Wednesday afternoon ceremony at the White House.  Presentation of the turkey, named “Tot,” marked the 69th anniversary of the presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in celebration of the uniquely American holiday.

“Thanksgiving is also a reminder of the source of our national strength,” said President Obama.  “That out of many we are one, that we are bound not by any one race or religion, but rather by an adherence to a common creed...

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 12:36

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 31st annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.87, a 24-cent decrease from last year’s average of $50.11.

The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in at a total of $22.74 this year. That’s roughly $1.42 per pound, a decrease of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 30 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2015.

“Consumers will pay less than $5 per person for a classic Thanksgiving dinner this year,” AFBF Director of Market...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 09:02

The incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the poultry sector, which includes slaughter and processing, remains at an all-time low, according to the 2015 Injury and Illness Report released last Friday by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2015 was 4.3 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), the same rate as 2014, and lower than the 2015 rate of 4.7 for the entire food manufacturing sector.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 10:01

“The National Turkey Federation applauds the House Ag committee’s examination of the financial mechanics needed to create a favorable and practical way for Cuba to import 80 percent of its food just 90 miles from its shores.  America’s turkey farmers recognize the potential of the Cuban market and support the repeal of restrictions on export financing.  US producers, if given the opportunity to compete in Cuba, can offer terms that are competitive when also allowed access to Department of Agriculture marketing programs that help the US compete in foreign markets.”

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