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Obama to pardon Cargill turkeys

Cargill turkeys to be presented at the White House next week. (Cargill, Inc.)

President Barack Obama will pardon two 40-pound conventionally-raised turkeys next Wednesday, but the Obama family and friends will be served two 20-pound organic turkeys on Thanksgiving Day, Obama Foodorama reported today.

The turkeys to be pardoned and sent to Mount Vernon to live were donated by Cargill Value Added Meats Retail and raised at Miller Farm in Rockingham County, Virginia.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the ceremony orchestrated annually since 1947 by the National Turkey Federation, though presidential turkey presentations date back to the days of President Abraham Lincoln, Obama Foodorama noted.

Americans are expected to serve 46 million birds on Thanksgiving.