Local Turkey Industry Rebounds From Deadly Bird Flu Outbreak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s turkey farming industry is roaring and ready for Thanksgiving.

Just a year ago the industry was recovering from a deadly avian flu outbreak that wiped out nearly 50 million turkeys across 15 states. Minnesota, the nation’s largest turkey producer, was hit hard.

Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson said Monday the state hasn’t had a confirmed case all year.

Minnesota’s 450 turkey farmers raise an estimated 46 million birds in a typical year. This production generates $807 million in economic activity every year, and supports 26,000 Minnesota jobs.

Turkeys grown in Minnesota also consume $163 million of corn and $169 million of soybean meal – adding approximately $251 million to the value of corn and soybeans in Minnesota.

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