The price of a Thanksgiving turkey will be higher for Minnesota families this year.  U-S-D-A reports the cost of an eight- to 16-pound bird is up more than 70 percent.    John Zimmerman of Northfield is secretary-treasurer of the National Turkey Federation:

“There’s all sorts of reasons out there COVID, supply chain issues, inflation and yes turkey is going to be more expensive this year and there’s probably a few less birds out there. But the fact remains that there is still going to be turkeys for Thanksgiving.  You may be a little more limited in your size choices or if you’re someone who wants a more specific niche market like organic or free range.”

Zimmerman says folks looking for those special turkeys should contact their supplier right away.  He says highly pathogenic avian influenza affected less than ten percent of the market.