DES MOINES, IOWA (November 23, 2021) Governor Kim Reynolds pardoned two turkeys today at Terrace Hill in Des Moines, continuing a longstanding Thanksgiving tradition celebrating Iowa’s Turkey Industry. Stuffing and Squash will move from The Slinger Farm in Ellsworth to Living History Farms in Urbandale.

“In a year plagued by workforce shortages and supply-chain issues, Iowa turkey-farmers have worked tirelessly to ensure millions of families will have a turkey for Thanksgiving,” said Gov Reynolds. “This year especially, we recognize the breadth and value of farmers to provide food for our tables and grocery store shelves, and we give thanks to the ag industry, which is the backbone of our economy. I am proud to pardon Stuffing and Squash and celebrate Iowa’s turkey producers.”

Stuffing and Squash were raised by Iowa Turkey Federation President Ben Slinger and his family in Ellsworth. Staff from the Iowa Turkey Federation attended the event, along with Secretary Mike Naig, Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, and their families.

Iowa ranks seventh in US turkey production, producing more than twelve million turkeys annually, and fifth in turkey-processing. The state has two turkey-processing plants: Tyson Foods in Storm Lake and West Liberty Foods in West Liberty, which combined produce more than thirteen million turkeys annually.

Gov Reynolds has participated in the turkey pardoning every year since she’s been governor.

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