Minnesota is the nation’s top turkey producer. Sarah Anderson executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association says the COVID-19 pandemic shouldn’t have an impact on turkey supplies for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Anderson says turkey producers have grown smaller birds for the market this year to accommodate what are expected to be smaller family gatherings…

“You know a lot of our folks they had to adjust their plans on how they were going to grow their birds to make sure we had a larger market for smaller birds. And that’s hard to do it’s like steering a big cruise liner and getting it to turn. So they had to make some really quick adjustments.”

Anderson says the 2015 bird flu outbreak where more than 4-million turkeys either died or were killed as a preventive measure helped Minnesota turkey growers be prepared for this pandemic. She says the supply of turkeys at the grocery store this year should be good, but it’s always a good time to order your turkey ahead of time.