We have spent the last few weeks lamenting 2019 in some way, shape, or form. It may be trade, or it may be the weather. As the members of the Iowa Turkey Federation gathered in West Des Moines, they looked back on what was a relatively quiet year in their industry. And in a year like 2019, that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Lynn Schable is the President of the Iowa Turkey Federation. She says like many other Ag commodities, turkey growers are focused on trade. The United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement is significant as Mexico is our largest customer of U.S. turkey.
Getting market access back into China was key for producers. China had closed its doors to U.S. turkey after our battle with High-Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).
Schable says having a quiet year is just fine. With no big challenges to the turkey markets, it just means a lot of safe supply for the customers to enjoy.
The Iowa Turkey Federation is looking forward to continued success in 2020.