Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Celebrating National Thanksgiving Turkeys from Iowa
Monday, November 30, 2020
 
Like many Iowans, I wasn’t able to share a meal with my family this Thanksgiving.
 
I’m thankful for the essential workers of our country who have missed many Thanksgiving meals.
 
Still, they continue to provide for and keep our country safe.
 
An essential job that often gets overlooked is that of the 86,000 Iowa farm families.
 
That’s why I was proud to see Ron and Susie Kardel, from Walcott, Iowa, get well deserved recognition this past week.
 
Ron and Susie, along with their two turkeys, Corn and Cob, participated in a time-honored tradition: the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony at the White House.
 
This ceremony helps connect the dots for many Americans, showing them that the food they put on the Thanksgiving table isn’t grown in a grocery store.
 
I want to thank Ron, Susie, and President Trump for highlighting Iowa agriculture this Thanksgiving.
 
In a year that has been so difficult for many Americans, it’s nice to see traditions like this carry on. 
 
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