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NTF Expands Turkey Smoke Series with Kansas City Barbeque Society

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is pleased to continue its partnership with the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) to kick off the third year of the Turkey Smoke Series, which encourages both professional and amateur pitmasters to showcase the versatility and creativity of using turkey on the smoker or grill. The Turkey Smoke Series will feature a turkey category in barbeque competitions across the United States during the 2022 barbeque season. Pitmasters and Contest Organizers love that the Turkey Smoke Series...

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Dec 7 8:30 AM, General News



President Biden Pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey

National Turkey Federation (NTF) Chairman Phil Seger presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey named “Peanut Butter” to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. today during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. “Peanut Butter” and his alternate, “Jelly,” received a formal pardon from the president and will now reside on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation is a time-honored American tradition dating back to 1947.

“It is an honor to participate in this truly unique tradition, and I thank President Biden for welcoming the National Turkey Federation..."

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Nov 22 8:02 AM, General News


NTF to Welcome National Thanksgiving Turkey and Alternate to Nation’s Capital

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) will host a press conference, including a livestream, at the Willard InterContinental to welcome two Indiana turkeys to the nation’s capital. This press conference will be held the day prior to the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the White House. NTF Chairman Phil Seger will welcome the turkeys to Washington, D.C. and announce the names of the turkeys. This great American Thanksgiving tradition kicking off the holiday season dates to 1947 with President Harry Truman.

Who: NTF Chairman Phil Seger, the prospective...

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Nov 17 8:00 AM, General News


10 Reasons to Smoke Your Holiday Turkey

Looking for ways to add some flair to your holiday fowl? Why not put it on the grates for a smoke bath? We know that there are sticklers for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But for those who are interested in thinking outside the oven, we have compiled our top 10 reasons to smoke your holiday turkey.

1. Taste
This one should be obvious, smoked turkey is delicious! The compounds released through your smoker’s combustion will add rich roasted notes to the turkey as it soaks up those...

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Nov 11 8:00 AM, General News


REPORTER: Sustainability in Focus

This article was originally featured in the Fall 2021 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.

Sustainability within the food supply chain has been one of the biggest themes of 2021. It comes as no surprise given the persistent supply chain challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and growing consumer interest in their food. The term sustainability has popped up everywhere in the past several years and consumers’ definition of the term is anything but uniform. However, it’s not just a buzzword, and sustainability is certainly not a new concept...

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Oct 13 8:04 AM, Urner Barry


Poultry Industry and OSHA Partner on Safe + Sound Week

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council (NCC) and National Turkey Federation (NTF) are pleased to again partner with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for Safe + Sound Week, August 9 – 15. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide effort to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation and a systematic approach to finding and correcting hazards in the workplace.

Safe + Sound Week is co-sponsored by the National Safety Council, American Industrial...

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Jul 2 8:22 AM, General News


NTF Partners with Kansas City Barbeque Society to Continue Turkey Smoke Series

To encourage both professional and amateur pitmasters to showcase the versatility and creativity of using turkey on the smoker or grill, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) is pleased to partner with the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) to kick off the second year of the Turkey Smoke Series. The Turkey Smoke Series will incorporate a turkey category into barbeque competitions throughout the United States during the 2021 barbeque season, adding thousands of dollars in extra prize money and bragging rights among pitmaster competitors at numerous KCBS-sanctioned barbeque contests. Winning recipes will also be featured across KCBS and NTF digital platforms.

“The inaugural year of the Turkey Smoke Series was very well received by competition pitmasters, contest organizers and Certified Barbeque Judges,” said Emily Detwiler, Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. “Competition pitmasters from both the Master and Backyard Series enjoyed the creativity and...

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Mar 11 9:00 AM, General News


National Turkey Federation Elects Farbest Farms’ Phil Seger as 2021 Chairman

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) announced the 2021 officer team and Executive Committee members elected by the Board of Directors.

Phil Seger of Farbest Farms, Inc. was elected 2021 NTF chairman. Ronnie Parker of Circle S Ranch will serve as vice chairman and John Niemann of Cargill as secretary-treasurer. Ron Kardel, an Iowa turkey grower and Vice Chairman of the Board of West Liberty Foods, LLC, will move into...

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Feb 22 8:34 AM, General News


NTF Applauds Expanded Eligibility for CFAP 2

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) welcomed the announcement that USDA will provide additional assistance to contract turkey farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2).

“No industry has escaped the economic challenges of COVID-19, including turkey farming families across the country,” said Joel Brandenberger, NTF president. “The announcement by Secretary Perdue...

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Jan 19 8:23 AM, General News







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