Most U.S. presidential historians tend to focus most of their attention on topics such as foreign policy or economic policy. Ira Brill, however, has a much more specialized area of expertise. Brill, the communications director of Foster Farms, is also the “unofficial, self-appointed presidential turkey historian.” So it only seems fitting that Brill will get the opportunity to travel to Washington this month to see the National Thanksgiving Turkey presented to President Barack Obama and his family. The turkey, and its alternate, will be birds raised by Foster Farms.
Every year since the Harry Truman administration, the chairman of the National Turkey Federation (NTF) has been given the honor of presenting the National Thanksgiving Turkey. This year’s chairman is Jihad Douglas of Aviagen Turkeys. Foster Farms raises the Nicholas White turkey breed developed by Aviagen.