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Joe Biden will forgive this year’s turkey under clear skies

Two turkeys from a North Carolina ranch will receive a presidential pardon that will prevent the birds from ending up on a Thanksgiving table.

President Joe Biden will participate in the annual tradition on Monday under what should be sunny skies but cool temperatures in Washington.

The National Turkey Federation runs the event and chose Circle S Ranch, outside Charlotte, North Carolina, to supply the animals for the annual tradition.

The known beginnings of the White House lore are a bit hazy. While the modern ceremony is believed to have been cemented under President George H. W. Bush, the White House Historical Association believes the beginnings of a certain type of ceremony may date back to President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

After this year’s pardon, recipients will be flown back to the Tar Heel State to spend the rest of their lives in the care of North Carolina State University.

In addition to a stellar weather program, the Raleigh-based university is home to a world-class agricultural center that would make any bird jealous.

“NC State is home to some of the best poultry and animal agriculture experts and facilities in the world,” said John Dole, acting dean of NC State. “We provide excellence in education, research and outreach to meet the needs of industry and develop our state. The birds couldn’t be in better hands.

NC State officials said it would be the first time its center has served as a home for a pardoned turkey. Last year’s recipients, aptly named “Peanut Butter” and “Jelly,” spend their days at Indiana’s Purdue University with plenty of indoor accommodations and open fields.

The names of this year’s birds remain a closely guarded secret, but North Carolina state officials say that upon arrival at their college of agriculture and life sciences, the couple will have a 100 square foot air-conditioned enclosure to keep them comfortable.

Despite the extravagant amenities, it won’t be all relaxation for the duo. University experts said they plan to build a biosecure mobile coop to transport turkeys to fairs and other public events for viewing and education.

This year’s presidential flock is on its way to Washington DC ahead of Monday’s turkey pardon ceremony.
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“The most important part of this whole partnership is the education component,” said NC State Extension turkey specialist Jesse Grimes. “These turkeys will help us educate students and educate the public about modern farming practices, North Carolina agriculture, and the importance of the poultry industry.”

North Carolina is one of more than half a dozen states considered home to great turkey producers.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the country produces more than 200 million turkeys a year and has an economic impact of more than $24 billion.

New York Post

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