Black and white photograph of turkeys that are ready to be put into the freezer, Farmers Produce Company, Willmar, ca. 1960.

Turkeys ready to be put into the freezer

Turkeys ready to be put into the freezer, Farmers Produce Company, Willmar, ca. 1960.

Black and white photograph of turkeys being processed, Farmers Produce Company, Willmar, ca. 1960.

Processing turkeys

Processing turkeys, Farmers Produce Company, Willmar, ca. 1960.

Black and white photograph of a turkey farm at Worthington, Minnesota, ca. 1960.

Turkey farm at Worthington

Turkey farm at Worthington, Minnesota, ca. 1960.

Black and white photograph of a woman with turkeys, 1952.  Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Woman with turkeys

Woman with turkeys, 1952. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Black and white photograph of a turkey farm, ca. 1950.

Turkey farm

Turkey farm, ca. 1950.

Black and white photograph of the interior of a turkey barn, ca. 1947.

Interior of a turkey barn

Interior of a turkey barn, ca. 1947.

Black and white photograph of King Turkey Day Program, Worthington, Minnesota, ca. 1946.

King Turkey Day Program, Worthington

King Turkey Day Program, Worthington, Minnesota, ca. 1946.

Black and white photograph of a man feeding turkeys, ca. 1930. Photograph by Minneapolis Journal.

Man feeding turkeys

Man feeding turkeys, ca. 1930. Photograph by Minneapolis Journal.

Black and white photograph of Turkeys, Land O'Lakes, Minneapolis, 1927. Photograph by Hibbard Studio.

Turkeys, Land O'Lakes, Minneapolis

Turkeys, Land O'Lakes, Minneapolis, 1927. Photograph by Hibbard Studio.

Turkey Industry in Minnesota

The Minnesota turkey industry began with small backyard flocks raised on family farms. The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, the National Turkey Improvement Plan, and advances in disease prevention helped Minnesota rise to become the top turkey-producing state in the country.

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