It would seem that Minnesota is a major player when it comes to the turkey economy in the United States.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Everyone is going to be getting that plate full of food. The number one food for Thanksgiving is Turkey, everyone knows it. But did you know that Minnesota raises the most turkeys in the United States? According to, around 42.5 million turkeys are raised in the land of 10,000 lakes, or about 17.4% of all turkeys. Don't be afraid to drop that little nugget of information at the dinner table next week.

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That also would explain why Minnesota has the most jobs in the turkey industry with over 12,000. That state of Wyoming has a grand total of 7. Having the most jobs would make sense that we also have the most wages paid, with over $765,000,000 being paid out to workers in the Minnesota turkey industry.

So when your Wisconsin cousins come over for Thanksgiving this year, be sure to slip it in the conversation that Minnesota is one of the heavy hitters when it comes to turkey production.

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