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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...
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...
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...
U.S. Poultry Industry Provides 2.1 Million Jobs; Economic Impact Up 15 Percent in Two Years
The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers have released 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 2,139,617 jobs, $121.1 billion in wages, $576.6 billion in economic activity and...
President Trump Welcomes NTF and National Thanksgiving Turkey to the White House
National Turkey Federation (NTF) Chairman Ron Kardel presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey named “Corn” to President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.
“Corn” and his alternate, “Cob,” received a formal pardon from the president and will now reside on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation is a time-honored American tradition, dating back to...
National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony
On Monday, November 23, the National Turkey Federation will host a media availability, including a livestream, at the Willard InterContinental to welcome two very special turkeys to the Nation's capital. The event is held the day prior to the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the White House, where President Trump will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey. This year, the 73rd anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation will be celebrated as the President reviews our Nation's traditions and wishes all Americans a happy holiday.
Ron Kardel, Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, will announce the names of the turkeys and launch the White House's social media poll to pick which turkey will serve as...
Protein Industry Reacts to Latest Coronavirus Aid Package
Following the announcement from President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue regarding an additional $14 billion in potential COVID-19 aid to agriculture producers, the protein industry provided their thoughts on the news.
Find the announcement regarding Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) here.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) released a statement about what CFAP 2 could mean for beef producers in the country.
“We are pleased to see that USDA is using unspent funds in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to provide further relief to cattle producers who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic," said NCBA Vice President Of Government Affairs Ethan Lane...
NTF Supports Efforts to Provide Relief for Turkey Farmers
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) applauds the introduction of S. 4353 by Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.), which would ensure independent turkey farmers are eligible to apply for future Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments. Joel Brandenberger, NTF president, released the following statement on the bill as well as other pending congressional efforts to provide relief to turkey farmers who have experienced losses related to COVID-19:
“NTF applauds Senator Smith’s introduction of S. 4353 and her ongoing efforts to support turkey farmers in Minnesota and across the country. The effects of COVID-19 have been felt throughout...
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