On Tuesday, July 16, in the throes of NTF’s 2019 Leadership Conference, Executive Committee member and Minnesota turkey grower John Zimmerman went to Capitol Hill to represent the turkey industry at a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on the state of poultry and livestock economies. Zimmerman spoke to the specific challenges faced by the turkey industry such as labor shortages, trade access to foreign markets, animal disease and prevention and driving growth in the industry. He was joined by five other panelists from across the animal agriculture industry. Listen to Zimmerman’s opening statement here.
A major part of NTF’s work involves advancing the turkey industry’s priorities on Capitol Hill. Informed policymaking begins with hearing from the stakeholders, and NTF appreciates the opportunity to share the turkey industry’s own unique challenges and opportunities in front of key lawmakers.