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, July 26, 2013 - 00:00

The National Turkey Federation welcomed Wednesday afternoon’s House Energy and Commerce Committee’s opening round of hearings  to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Stating that it is time to undertake an assessment of the RFS, the Committee began today with witnesses from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the chief economist from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“The National Turkey Federation encourages pointed discussion of the RFS,” said Joel Brandenberger, president of the National...

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 00:00

Following an announcement by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that they have introduced the bi-partisan Renewable Fuels Standard Repeal Act, (S. 1195) the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Chicken Council (NCC) and the National Turkey Federation (NTF) urge Congress to repeal the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

“RFS has been such a poorly managed mess, it’s time to drain the swamp,” said NTF President Joel Brandenberger. “The RFS needs a fresh start in order to put in place a smarter policy on the mix of fuel and feed.”...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 00:00

Today, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) hosts100 motorcyclists  on Capitol Hill, for the AMA “E15 Fuel for Thought Lobby Day” to highlight problems from by E15 fuel in motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines.

Motorcycles will circle the U.S. Capitol, followed by a rally. Participants will then visit their members of Congress in support of legislation new research on E15 effects in motorcycles and ATVs.

The National Turkey Federation (...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 00:00

National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger today told the House Oversight Subcommittee on Energy Policy that EPA’s failed management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver process has distorted feed costs for turkey, livestock and all poultry producers. Ultimately, Brandenberger told the subcommittee, that distortion has unnecessarily increased the prices consumers pay for food at restaurants and grocery stores.

“While the government cannot control the weather or almost any other factor that can come to bear on the U.S. corn supply, it fortunately has one tool...

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Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 00:00

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) commended the House Agriculture Committee for swiftly passing its version of the Farm Bill.

The legislation, known officially as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013, passed by a bipartisan vote of 36-10.  It now awaits floor consideration in the House of Representatives next month.

“The National Turkey Federation appreciates Chairman Frank Lucas, (R-OK) and Ranking Member...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 00:00

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) today applauded the Senate Committee on Agriculture for their quick movement in passing the 2013 Farm Bill legislation. The committee passed the bill by a vote of 15 to 5.  The bill will now go to the Senate floor for further action.

“The National Turkey Federation thanks Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS) for leading the initiative on this critical piece of agricultural policy,” said Damon Wells, Senior-Vice President of Government Relations for the NTF.  “We look forward to the House...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 00:00

The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and the

Food Manufacturers Immigration Coalition (FMIC) today announced their partnership oncomprehensive immigration reform in a letter sent to the Senate “Gang of Eight,” praising them for their efforts on S. 744. The labor-business coalition is also seeking improvements to the Senate bill in the areas of visa allocation...
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 00:00

Seven livestock and poultry groups submitted comments to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the negative effects the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) has had on agriculture, including the high cost of feed facing livestock and poultry producers. The comments answer several questions posed by the Committee on the impact of the RFS.

“The RFS has been the major...
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 00:00

Contact:  Mary Raguso, 202-730-9639

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) strongly disputes the misleading findings of a Consumer Reports article about ground turkey, which makes a number of alarming claims based on an extremely small sampling of ground turkey products.

Consumer Reports had the opportunity to foster a serious, thoughtful discussion about food safety, but instead it chose to sensationalize findings and mislead people,” said NTF President Joel Brandenberger.

NTF refuted numerous misleading claims, and...

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 00:00

USDA Proposed Poultry Slaughter Inspection Rule Is a Modern, Sensible Approach that Focuses On Public Health

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) reiterates its support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed new poultry inspection system, and views the proposed rule as the appropriate next step in protecting public health through modern, science-based food safety techniques.

“The proposed rule is a modern, sensible approach that will allow the food safety inspectors to focus on public health,” NTF President Joel Brandenberger said.  The proposed rule will...

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