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VIDEO: Turkey prices hit lowest level in a decade

COVID-19 related disruptions drive down demand for birds at the beginning of the holiday season in the U.S.
Ahead of the Thanksgiving season, Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon LLC, said the average retail price of turkey hit its lowest level in a decade after a 7% drop from last year.
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Trump saves his best turkey pardon for last

President keeps 2020 National Thanksgiving Turkey celebration positive and nonpartisan
The annual National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony was a nice one to be remembered, or at least it was from the perspective of watching the video of it online.
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Groups allege Cargill makes false claims about turkey

Cargill disputes allegations, saying Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms brands have met requirements to be USDA Process Verified since May 2015
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), alleging that Cargill has made false advertising and marketing claims concerning its Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkey products.
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Jennie-O to still feel COVID-19’s impact in 2021

Interruptions in production in 2020 continues to financially affect the company’s live operations
Financial impacts to supply chain challenges of 2020 will likely still be felt by Jennie-O Turkey Store in 2021, the chief financial officer of parent company Hormel Foods said.
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NTF chair: Turkey industry couldn’t change in heartbeat

Turkey industry adapted to COVID-19 challenges as well is it could, but challenges remained
The chairman of the National Turkey Federation said that the U.S. turkey industry has worked hard to navigate the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but added that struggles remain because it is difficult to “change things in a heartbeat.”
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A sneak peek at the 2020 presidential turkeys

Corn and Cob make their way from the Ron Kardel Farm to the nation’s capital
Many annual traditions have understandably had to be postponed in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But luckily, the presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey will not be one of them.
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USDA: Turkey retail prices may not reflect market prices

Wholesale turkey prices are actually running higher than they were a year ago, USDA analyst Shayle Shagam says
Consumers may be noticing turkey prices at retail are on par with and even lower than what they paid in advance of Thanksgiving one year ago. However, Shayle Shagam, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) livestock analyst, said wholesale prices are actually above what they were a year ago.
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