Today’s Topic: Pardon us while we talk turkey

By on November 24, 2009

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler holds Courage the turkey, who will receive a presidential pardon this week.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler holds Courage the turkey, who will receive a presidential pardon on Wednesday. With Troxler are Walter Pelletier, left, chairman of the National Turkey Federation, and Bryant and Debbie Worley, who raised Courage on their Princeton farm.


southernfarmnetwork1 Monday, Commissioner Troxler took part in the sendoff for two turkeys that will be “pardoned” by President Obama at the White House. This is the 62nd year the National Turkey Federation will present the White House with two live turkeys for pardoning.

The turkeys — Courage and Carolina — were raised for Butterball on the Worley Farm in Princeton. They will stay at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., before Wednesday’s ceremony at the White House. After receiving their pardons, the birds will fly (by plane) to California, where Courage will serve as honorary grand marshal for Disney’s “Thanksgiving for Giving Day” Parade. (Carolina will be an alternate in case Courage isn’t able to fulfill his duties.) After the parade, Courage and Carolina will settle into their new home in Frontierland at Disneyland.

Listen in as Commissioner Troxler talks turkey and other Thanksgiving foods produced in North Carolina.

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