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Trump Pardens Corn the Turkey at White House
USAgNet - 11/25/2020

National Turkey Federation Chairman Ron Kardel presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey named "Corn" to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump this week 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. The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation is a time-honored American tradition, dating back to 1947.

"This week is a time for all of us to remember that we live in the greatest and most generous country on Earth," said President Trump. "Every American can be united in thanksgiving to God for the incredible gifts He has bestowed upon us--the blessings of family, community, and this exceptional country."

The National Thanksgiving Turkey and alternate were raised by NTF Chairman Ron Kardel. Kardel is a sixth-generation Iowa farmer and raises turkeys, corn and soybeans on his family farm in Walcott, Iowa. He has farmed full-time for the past 45 years and is a founder and vice chairman of the board of West Liberty Foods, LLC, a grower-owned cooperative. Kardel was joined by his wife of 44 years, Susie, his three children, their spouses and seven grandchildren.

The annual presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House is a highly anticipated tradition in the nation's capital, signaling the unofficial beginning of the holiday season and providing the president and the nation an opportunity to reflect publicly on the meaning of Thanksgiving.


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