Mapping where turkeys come from: Four states produce the majority of birds

November 28, 2013

Just over half of all turkeys produced in the United States last year came from just four states: Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas and Missouri.

Minnesota is responsible for 18 percent of all turkey production last year. It’s also home to the nation’s second-largest producer Jennie-O Turkey Store, according to the National Turkey Federation. North Carolina, home to number-one Butterball, produced 14 percent of all turkeys, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While Minnesota had the edge on number of turkeys, the value of turkeys produced in North Carolina was greater. At $848.8 million, the value of North Carolina’s turkeys was about $10 million more than Minnesota’s. All told, the vast majority of the nation’s turkeys came from just 13 states.

The United States is the world’s largest turkey producer, exporter and consumer, according to Agriculture department data compiled by Iowa State University’s Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. The growth in the amount of poultry consumed has outpaced that of red meat over the past decade and poultry consumption has grown twentyfold since 1910.

  Value Number of turkeys Pounds of turkey
Minnesota $839,100,000  46,000,000  1,163,800,000
North Carolina $848,761,000  36,000,000  1,177,200,000
Arkansas $416,089,000  29,000,000  577,100,000
Missouri $415,116,000  17,500,000  575,750,000
Virginia $323,585,000  17,000,000  448,800,000
Indiana $436,602,000  16,500,000  605,550,000
California $310,679,000  15,500,000  430,900,000
South Carolina $359,058,000  12,000,000  498,000,000
Pennsylvania $120,119,000  7,000,000  166,600,000
Ohio $158,223,000  5,500,000  219,450,000
South Dakota $139,961,000  4,600,000  194,120,000
Utah $73,903,000  4,100,000  102,500,000
West Virginia $69,000,000  3,300,000  95,700,000
Other States $930,975,000  39,500,000  1,291,225,000
Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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