Industry Overview

Americans recognize turkey’s nutritional value and good taste and enjoy turkey year-round, not just during the holidays. In 2016, the U.S. consumption of turkey was approximately 16.7 pounds per person and is the number four protein choice for U.S. consumers.  Turkeys raised in the United States during 2017 is forecasted at 245 million, up slightly from the number raised in 2016.

Iowa’s Turkey Industry

Iowa’s turkey industry includes approximately 130 turkey farms which raise 12.1 million turkeys annually.  Iowa currently ranks 7th in US turkey production.

The turkey industry in Iowa has a large economic impact.

  • Employs or supports as many as 38,288 total jobs
  • Generates sizeable tax revenue:
    • $531.8 million in federal taxes
    • $227.22 million in state and local taxes
  • Total Economic impact: $10.64 billion!

Where are Iowa’s Turkeys Processed?

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

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.  Iowa Turkey is found in top quick service restaurants and major retailers.