Nothing to Gobble At: Turkey Production Facts!

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Did you know that North Carolina is one of the top turkey producing states in the country? In 2019, N.C. produced 31 million turkeys! In honor of “Turkey Day” tomorrow, here are some turkey facts from the National Turkey Federation:

  • Turkey consumption in the U.S. has doubled since 1970. In 2020, Americans consumed 5.26 billion pounds, or 16 pounds per person!
  • The United States is the largest producer of turkey in the world.
  • All turkeys raised in the United States are raised without added hormones or steroids.
  • American turkeys are raised in specially designed, climate controlled barns.
  • The tradition of presidential turkeys began in 1947 with President Harry Truman. The turkeys were first pardoned in 1989 by President George H.W. Bush.
  • The names of the 2021 Presidential Turkeys are Peanut Butter and Jelly. They will retire to Purdue University in Indiana.

The American Turkey Federation also has a Virtual Reality Tour of an American Turkey Farm on Youtube.