The Potluck

Minnesota tops the nation in turkey production

By: - November 24, 2021 1:54 pm

Photo by Steve Ausmus, USDA/ARS

If you’re eating a turkey on Thanksgiving, odds are it came from Minnesota.

Minnesota tops the nation in turkey production, with more than 40 million birds produced here last year by at least 600 growers — including poultry giant Jennie-O. That means we have about seven turkeys for every person in Minnesota.

Minnesota produces nearly 18% of the country’s yearly turkey supply, and almost enough turkeys to supply the entire country for Thanksgiving, when Americans typically eat about 46 million turkeys in a single day. 

Check out the chart for more on the nation’s top turkey producers.

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Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a former data reporter for the Minnesota Reformer. Rilyn was born and raised in Minnesota and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.