AN INDUSTRY FOR THE BIRDS
The biggest birds: While Minnesota produces the most birds, the biggest ones, by far, are raised in Ohio, where farmers produced about 210 million pounds of meat from 5 million turkeys, U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show. That equates to about 42 pounds per turkey.
Putting food on the table, twice: Each Minnesota turkey generates about $17.46 in direct economic activity for Minnesota, said Lara Durben, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, citing a study conducted last year through the University of Minnesota. The state produces about 20 percent of total U.S. turkey output.
Behind Minnesota: North Carolina raised 32 million birds last year, and Arkansas, the No. 3 producer, reached 30.5 million, according to the USDA's April report on poultry production and value.