Industry Overview (From the National Turkey Federation)

Americans recognize turkey’s nutritional value and good taste and enjoy turkey year-round, not just during the holidays. In 2012 U.S. consumption of turkey is expected to be more than 16 pounds per person, and is the number four protein choice for U.S. consumers. Turkey production has increased nearly 110 percent since 1970 – the total value of turkey processors’ production in 2009 reached $16.3 billion and U.S. growers raised 248.5 million turkeys in 2011.


Iowa’s Turkey Industry

Iowa’s turkey industry includes 130 turkey farms which raise 11 million turkeys annually.  Iowa ranks 8th in US turkey production.

turkey production in the US

Tyson Foods in Storm Lake and West Liberty Foods in West Liberty process over 15.5 million turkeys annually.  Iowa ranks 5th in US turkey processing.

The turkey industry in Iowa has a large economic impact.

  • $220 Million on farm production
    • $20 per turkey
  • $300 million processing
  • Total Sales: $810.7 million
  • General tax revenue: $13.7 million
  • Total Economic impact: $1.5 billion!

Where Iowa’s Turkey Products Can Be Found

Subway and Jimmy John’s both serve Iowa turkey, but you can also find it in your grocery store via Jimmy Dean and private label sliced turkey.