NC is more into turkey that you realize. UNC put out an awesome turkey report and below are some highlights.
– NC’s highest turkey production year was in 1992 with 62 million turkeys.
– Side note: NC leads the nation in sweet potato production (top spot for last 42 years).
– 14% of US turkeys are produced in NC.
– NC has 419 turkey farms.
– In 2013 NC turkey production was a $769mil business.
“Higher production efficiency, achieved by the increase in an average per bird weight and technological advances, led to a reduction in total turkeys raised per year” – USDA
We had no idea that NC was such a turkey state. Love it.
Photo: David Foster / Charlotte Observer