(Des Moines, IA) -- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has pardoned two turkeys, in an annual Thanksgiving tradition at Terrace Hill. The birds, named "Squash"
and "Stuffing," will spend the rest of their days at Living History Farms in Urbandale. The turkeys were raised by Ben Slinger of Ellsworth, President of the Iowa Turkey Federation.
“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.”
Iowa ranks seventh in U.S. turkey production, producing more than 12 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 13 million turkeys annually.
The governor will also take part in the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the State Capitol at 5 p.m. today.