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.
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