President Biden pardoned North Carolina’s turkey

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NTF is celebrating the 75-year tradition of the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation

NTF Chairman Ronnie Parker raised turkeys in Monroe, North Carolina. (Photo provided)

WASHINGTON — Chairman of the National Federation of Turkey (NTF). Ronnie Parker presented the President with the National Thanksgiving of Turkey called “Chocolate”. Joseph R. Biden Jr today during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. “Chocolate” and his replacement “Chip” were officially pardoned at the holiday table and will now reside at Tali’s Education Department in Turkey at North Carolina State University Art Raleigh, North Carolina. This year’s presentation marked an exciting milestone as NTF celebrated the 75th anniversary of this time-honored American tradition that dates back to 1947.

Chocolate, the national Thanksgiving turkey, strutted his stuff for the kids in attendance! (Photo provided)

“When I began my career in the turkey industry 44 years ago, I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to present the National Thanksgiving Turkey Day at the White House.” – said the chairman of the NTF Ronnie Parker. “I want to thank President Biden for welcoming the National Federation of Turkey and my family to the White House. Chocolate and Chip had a great day for two turkeys with North Carolina! While this event is a fun tradition that goes back 75 years, it’s also an important reminder of the importance of America’s turkey producers and agriculture in bringing food to the table. It is an honor to represent these hard working men and women. Happy Thanksgiving!”

Ronnie Parker and Lexi Starnes pose with members of the presidential pack at a farm in North Carolina. (Photo provided)

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National Thanksgiving Day 2022 in Turkey and in the alternative were created in Monroe, North CarolinaChairman of NTF Ronnie Parker. Parker is a 44-year veteran of the turkey industry and serves as the CEO of Circle S Ranch. Parker introduced the National Thanksgiving Turkey along with Lexi Starnesa member of the 4th generation of the Starnes family involved in the operation of Circle S Ranch. While in Washington, DC, Chocolate and Chip stayed at the historic Willard InterContinental. After the visit to the White House, the turkeys will go to North Carolina State University, where they will be under the care of experienced veterinarians, faculty and students of the Prestage Poultry Department.

NTF’s participation in the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation began in 1947 with President Harry Truman. It lasted for 75 years through 14 successive administrations.

About the National Federation of Turkey

The National Turkey Federation is a national advocate for America’s turkey farmers and producers, raising awareness of its members’ products while strengthening their ability to profitably and safely deliver useful quality and nutritious food for consumers worldwide. More information is available at

– National Federation of Turkey President Biden pardoned North Carolina’s turkey

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