Rumors of a turkey shortage for the holiday may be overstated. “There will not be a turkey shortage for Thanksgiving this year,” emphasizes Ashley Kohls, executive director, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. “Avian influenza turkey loss actually only accounts for about three percent of the total turkeys produced.” If consumers want a specific type or size of turkey, Kohls said they may want to contact the story now. “We’ve been hearing a lot about the worrisome price of turkeys this year. Inflation, rising costs of feed, and avian influenza have all contributed to rising prices; it’s not just avian influenza.”
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