For Thanksgiving dinner, give thanks to Minnesota

  • by: BLOOMBERG NEWS
  • Updated: November 21, 2012 - 6:24 PM

No matter where Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, the turkey on the holiday table probably came from Minnesota, the top U.S. producer. The state raised 46.5 million birds in 2011, 45 percent more than its nearest competitor, North Carolina, according to government data. The Minnesota turkey industry generated $1.4 billion to $1.5 billion last year, according to an estimate by Thomas Elam, president of consultant FarmEcon, who has studied poultry economics for 30 years. "It's a pretty good-sized business and pretty important to the state," Elam said. Here are some more turkey tidbits: AN INDUSTRY FOR THE BIRDS

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