We Care About What You Care About

For those who raise poultry, livestock and crops, farming is both their livelihood and their profession.  And because farmers live where they work, farming is also a way of life. No one cares more deeply for the land or the animals they raise than farmers themselves, and farmers feel a deep responsibility for providing healthy, wholesome and safe food products to consumers.

For Minnesota’s turkey farmers and their families, raising healthy turkeys is the #1 priority.

  • The majority of turkeys in the U.S. are raised in barns that are environmentally-controlled and scientifically-designed to keep the birds comfortable and to protect them from predators, disease and inclement weather.
  • Turkeys are fed a balanced diet of corn, soybeans and essential vitamins and minerals at every stage of their life. Fresh water and feed are available at all times.
  • Turkey farmers do not feed their turkeys hormones or steroids. (In fact, all poultry in the U.S. is raised with no added hormones or steroids.)
  • Much like you and I, most turkeys are treated with antibiotics as needed when they aren’t feeling well. Turkey farmers consider it inhumane to not treat a sick animal. (Turkeys labeled antibiotic-free at the supermarket, are not treated with antibiotics.)

Turkey Farming is Sustainable

  • The litter (manure) turkeys generate is used as a fertilizer for cropland and it improves the quality of the soil and its ability to hold carbon.
  • Some turkey farmers send their turkey litter to a power plant in Benson, MN, where it is burned to generate electricity.
  • Energy conservation is very important to turkey farmers. Increasingly, LED Lighting is used in turkey barns.

Turkey Farming is Efficient

  • Turkey farmers feed more people using less resources than ever before.
  • Turkeys today produce twice as much meat with half as much feed compared to the 1930s (see graphic at right).
  • Because of the world’s anticipated population growth, food demand is expected to increase 100% by 2050. Turkey farmers will continue to develop and utilize efficiency-improving technology to ensure they will help feed the people on our planet.

Turkey Farmers are Good Neighbors and Good Stewards of the Land

  • Minnesota’s turkey farmers follow all permitting, siting and other related statues.

Check out the U.S. Turkey Industry’s Principles

View a Video of a Turkey Farmer Caring for Her Birds

Eating Turkey is Safe

Minnesota’s turkey farmers and processing companies take very seriously their role in providing a safe, wholesome product to consumers.

  • Every turkey processed is inspected by a USDA inspector to ensure the utmost quality product.

Consumers also play an important role in making sure food stays safe to eat. Here are some tips to remember:

  • Don’t cross contaminate – keep raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs away from ready-to-eat foods. Use one cutting board and knife for raw meat and another for fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Use a meat thermometer and be sure to cook your turkey product to 165 degrees F.
  • Refrigerate promptly: Follow the “two hour rule” – refrigerate perishable foods within two hours at a refrigerator temperature of 40 degrees F. or below.
  • You can place hot food directly in the refrigerator.


Tips for Purchasing, Thawing, Prep and Cooking

pdf download Consumer Guide: Safe Handling of Ground Meat and Poultry

Learn Why Turkey is Healthier, Tastier and Faster

pdf download Labels Made Simple Brochure – Understanding meat and poultry labels in the supermarket

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