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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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 20:03

Livestock and poultry organizations today praised House lawmakers for approving an agriculture funding bill that prevents the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from finalizing its proposed regulation on livestock and poultry marketing contracts.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 20:03

A turkey industry representative told a Senate Committee that production costs are the greatest challenge currently facing the turkey industry.

 

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 20:03

 National Turkey Federation (NTF) President Joel Brandenberger told a House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee that the Grain Inspection, Packer and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) proposed marketing rule would have devastating impacts on the poultry and livestock industries should the regulations be implemented as currently written by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Brandenberger told the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade that there are three aspects of GIPSA’s...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 20:03

The connection between rising food prices and federal support for corn-based ethanol is explained in a new website, http://www.cornforfoodnotfuel.com/, launched today by organizations whose members produce and process the majority of meat and poultry in the United States.

Food prices are up – meat and poultry specifically up 8.5 percent from a year ago – and many consumers are asking why. According to the new website, the...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 20:03

A coalition of livestock and poultry groups released a statement today commending Sens. Jim Webb, D-Va., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., along with 10 of their colleagues, for asking Senate leadership to terminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and tariff on imported ethanol as soon as possible. 

“The 73-27 Senate vote on June 16 made it clear that there was no further need for the VEETC or import tariff.  Unfortunately, the current compromise continues...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 20:03

National Turkey Federation (NTF) President Joel Brandenberger announced the appointment of Lisa Wallenda Picard, formerly chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), as NTF’s new vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.

At NTF, she will be responsible for maintaining the federation’s position as a national leader in scientific and regulatory affairs and will serve as the primary resource for NTF members...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 20:03

 A turkey industry representative told a House Agriculture Subcommittee  the federally mandated use of ethanol has created an immediate and legitimate concern about the availability and cost of feed ingredients for poultry and livestock.

Ted Seger, president and part owner of Farbest Foods Inc. and past chairman of the National Turkey Federation (NTF...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 20:03

 The U.S. poultry and egg industry applauds the decision yesterday to send the three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress for approval. Our industry has strongly supported these agreements since negotiations were concluded more than four years ago.

The future of the U.S. poultry and egg industry depends on the continued expansion of exports. The three FTAs could generate almost $1.4 billion in additional U.S. poultry and egg exports annually. According to USDA calculations, the industry’s...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 20:03

 Representatives from the livestock and poultry industries joined forces today, Oct. 5, 2011, to commend U.S. Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Jim Costa (D-Calif.) for introducing the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) Flexibility Act. The legislation calls for a twice annual review of the corn stocks-to-use ratio. If the ratio falls below a threshold of 10 percent, the RFS could be reduced. The groups said the legislation will provide relief in times of tight corn supplies while also...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 20:03

 Year-round outdoor cooking is on the rise as consumers are becoming more adventurous chefs, forgoing the oven or stove-top and opting for turkey and trimmings cooked on the grill, smoker or fryer. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) 2011 State of the Barbecue Industry report, 62 percent of consumers are cooking outdoors year-round and 15 percent are cooking part of their Thanksgiving meals outside, up 9 percent from 2009. Whether it’s for the convenience,...

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