Turkey production rising in ’23 after dip

Minnesota produced 37 million turkeys last year, and two of this year’s birds were pardoned by the president.
President Biden stands next to Liberty, one of the two national Thanksgiving turkeys, after pardoning them during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Turkey production is projected to increase again this year after a dip in 2022, with Minnesota ruling the roost in producing the star of America’s traditional Thanksgiving meal.

According to the National Turkey Federation, about 40 million turkeys are consumed at Thanksgiving and roughly 20 million turkeys are consumed during the Christmas holidays. Over the course of a year, the average American consumes about 15 to 16 pounds of turkey.

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