NASS Announces 2017 Turkey Numbers

turkeys-2799813_960_720The number of turkeys raised in Virginia in 2017 is expected to total 17.0 million, down slightly compared to 17.2 million in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). These results were based on a September 1 survey conducted in major Turkey Producing States.

Turkeys raised in the United States during 2017 is forecasted at 245 million, up slightly from the number raised during 2016. A combination of six states account for nearly two-thirds of the turkeys produced in the United States during 2017. The largest turkey producing state is Minnesota, at 42.5 million turkeys, down 4 percent from the previous year. North Carolina is up 1 percent from last year, producing 34.0 million turkeys. Arkansas produced 26.5 million turkeys, which is up 2 percent from the previous year. Indiana is up 2 percent from a year ago to 19.8 million turkeys. Missouri is up 1 percent from last year, producing 19.3 million turkeys.

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