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Many give thanks to Minnesota for producing the most turkeys

2021-11-25 13:02:59 –

Minneapolis — Production numbers indicate that Thanksgiving turkeys are likely to come from Minnesota, especially if you live in the Midwest.

The USDA says Americans should eat about 46 million turkeys at Thanksgiving. According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota farmers typically grow about 45 million turkeys annually on more than 500 farms, or nearly 18% of the country’s turkey supply.

Minnesota raised 40 million birds in 2020, leading the country in turkey production, USDA said. That was 9 million more than North Carolina, which had the second highest production.

Bird prices are steadily rising this year. Demand increased after the number of families hit by the pandemic last year decreased and restaurants became empty.

“The USDA actually predicts record highs for turkeys this year,” said Tim Petrie, livestock marketing economist at North Dakota State University Extension Services. “In terms of price, these are the best prices they’ve seen over the years, so you know, that’s good news for producers.”

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz praised turkey growers earlier this week for work in a billion-dollar industry that employs thousands of people in the state.

“Many of our producers are really family-owned farms, and generations of family-owned farms that make a difference,” he said.

According to USDA figures, South Dakota produces about 5 million turkeys annually, and North Dakota produces about 1 million turkeys.

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