The 2021 Presidential Flock was raised under the supervision of 2021 NTF Chairman Phil Seger. Seger serves as Vice President of Live Turkey Operations for Farbest Farms, Inc. headquartered in Jasper, Indiana. Peanut Butter and Jelly were raised in Dubois County, Indiana, by turkey grower Andrea Welp under the supervision of Seger.
After much anticipation, Peanut Butter and Jelly were selected from the flock as the Presidential Turkeys and journeyed to Washington, D.C., for an official visit to the nation’s capital. While in Washington, D.C., the turkeys stayed at the historic Willard InterContinental, adjacent to the White House grounds. They thoroughly enjoyed their stay as the guests of honor. The Presidential Turkeys were introduced to the public during a special media event at the hotel.
On November 19, Seger presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey named “Peanut Butter” to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. during the 2021 National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation in the White House Rose Garden. As part of this longstanding tradition, “Peanut Butter” and his alternate, “Jelly,” received a formal pardon from the president, and the turkeys now reside on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Purdue University is where Peanut Butter and Jelly now call home. The Presidential Turkeys are cared for by veterinarians and students of Purdue’s Department of Animal Sciences. These special turkeys will help highlight the university’s teaching, research and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine.
The turkeys’ presence at Purdue helps to further promote the importance of modern animal agriculture, the role our land-grant research universities play in developing techniques to help feed a hungry world and the historic observance of Thanksgiving traditions.