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Nebraska Turkey Producers Continue Tradition of Presenting Norbest Turkeys to Gov. Heineman

by 5m Editor
23 November 2006, at 5:03pm

LINCOLN - Governor Dave Heineman today received two holiday Norbest-Nebraska Grown turkeys and one Norbest Hickory Smoked turkey from the Nebraska turkey producers in recognition of the upcoming holiday season. The Governor announced that he would donate the turkeys to the People’s City Mission in Lincoln.

“Many of us share in the American tradition of inviting friends and family members over to enjoy companionship and a good meal,” Governor Heineman said. “Here in Nebraska, a large part of that Thanksgiving tradition is supporting our state’s agricultural producers with what we serve.

I know that my family and I eat Nebraska-grown Norbest turkeys whenever we can, because of its fresh, high quality taste, and I am pleased to share that tradition with the People’s City Mission and the residents it serves.”

Jerry Felber, President of the Nebraska Turkey Federation, said, “We are pleased to continue the tradition of presenting turkeys to the Governor to kick off the holiday season. We are also grateful for the leadership role Governor Heineman has taken in promoting Nebraska products both domestically and internationally, with an emphasis in value-added agriculture.”

Approximately four million turkeys are produced in Nebraska each year and processed by the Nebraska Turkey Growers Cooperative plant in Gibbon, the state’s only turkey-processing plant. The majority of those turkeys are packaged under the Norbest-Nebraska Grown label. Nebraska cash receipts from turkey production total more than $40 million annually.

The Nebraska Turkey Growers Cooperative has provided quality turkey products for more than 65 years. Norbest is over 70 years old and is the world’s oldest and largest turkey marketing cooperative.

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