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, July 31, 2014 - 16:21

The National Turkey Federation praised USDA for moving forward with its Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule.  USDA released the final version of the rule today, which will allow poultry plants nationwide the option to implement an enhanced inspection program that focuses even greater attention on the prevention of microbiological hazards.  This enhanced program was previously was limited to 25 pilot plants, but now that the rule has been finalized, NTF said it expects many turkey plants to adopt the new system.

“USDA is to be commended for standing up for...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 18:59

The turkey industry is committed to working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement logical steps in modernizing the U.S. food-safety inspection system to ensure it remains the world’s best. 

NTF was pleased to see that USDA’s proposed Poultry Inspection Modernization Rule has been submitted to the Office of Budget and Management for final review. Because draft documents under review are considered deliberative and not available for public release, NTF has not seen the final rule, but did submit comments in support of the proposed rule. That draft detailed a...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 09:21

The U. S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) proposed rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on March 28, 2014.

Many of our member companies have already installed ELDs in their fleets and enjoy the benefits of the technology including enhanced recordkeeping and other...

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 15:41

National Turkey Federation board member John Zimmerman today told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that significant steps are required to prevent another winter of dangerously low propane supplies caused by worsening complications to pipeline distribution.

Zimmerman, who is also a past president of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, was among those working with the National Turkey Federation and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) to restore propane supplies. The Midwest was forced into crisis mode as more than 20 governors declared emergencies...

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 15:18

Matt Cook, National Turkey Federation board member and President of Norbest, Inc. presented the stark economic realities facing turkey producers in testimony Wednesday before the House Agriculture Livestock Subcommittee.

Cook detailed the volatility in feed supply costs caused by the diversion of corn to ethanol as well as the need for USDA to finalize the Poultry Inspection Modernization Rule, the importance of FDA expanding the exemptions in its feed mill food safety rule, continuing challenges with EPA on the Clean Water Act and the need for Congress to ensure there is not a...

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 14:46

The U. S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation submitted comments opposing the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed rules governing representation procedures.  The proposed rules, dubbed “Quickie Election rules” for their anticipated impact on the election process timeframe, were published in the Federal Register on February 6, 2014.

The comments were prepared by the Joint...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 15:22

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) urged the Food and Drug Administration to recognize proven, existing safeguards inherent where there is common ownership of turkeys and the feed mills supplying them and to exempt those mills from a new FDA regulation. 

In comments submitted Monday to FDA’s proposed rule on preventive controls in animal feed, NTF said a mill’s exclusive supply arrangement to feed the turkeys of common ownership provides an economic incentive greater than any regulation to produce the safest, highest quality feed.

“The core intent of the rule appears...

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 15:36

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) elected the 2014 Executive Committee (EC) during its annual convention being held in Orlando last week. Elected by the NTF Board of Directors, the EC contains a diverse group of turkey industry leaders.  Among them is Gary Cooper, chief operating officer of Cooper Farms in Ohio —who was elected 2014 NTF chairman.

The Board also elected Jihad Douglas, president of Aviagen Turkeys, as vice-chairman; John Reicks, vice president of operations of Hillshire Brands, as secretary-treasurer.  John Burkel—an independent turkey grower from Badger...

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 13:06

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) today announced City Barbeque as the recipient of its 12th annual “Turkey on the Menu” (T.O.M.) award in the “fast casual” category at its national convention.  The T.O.M. award recognizes food service providers nominated by NTF members in the categories of fast casual, mid-scale, full service dining, and non-traditional. City Barbeque was started by a competition barbeque team in 1999, headquartered in Dublin, Ohio with 23 locations in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, City Barbeque honors heritage and tradition that the best regions of...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 13:29

The National Turkey Federation and Minnesota Turkey Growers Association are pressing an effective coordinated solution to the widening critical shortage of propane to ensure key members of Congress have the attention of federal officials. Turkey growers have been among the first to organize on behalf of rural residents whose homes and poultry barns share farmland in the isolated Midwest and ice-covered South.  Propane is their only fuel supply to keep rural families safe and their barn animals alive in bitter cold snow and ice.  More than 20 states have issued disaster...

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