America's Bird

Turkey is our heritage. It is what brings American families together during the holidays and is a staple of lunches everywhere.

Who We Are

America's Turkey Farmers

Over the last 30 years, the turkey industry has gone from mainly marketing a single-product consumed at holidays or special occasions, to offering a diverse array of food choices ranging from sausages to burgers, deli meats, and more. Increasingly, consumers are including turkey in their daily diets because of its health benefits, versatility, and great taste.

Today, the turkey industry contributes $26 billion to the U.S. economy annually, and employs between 20,000 and 25,000 people, with tens of thousands more working in related industries such as contract growing, product distribution, equipment manufacturing and a wide variety of other affiliated services. NTF members who comprise the turkey industry include growers, processors, hatchers, breeders, distributors, allied services and state associations.



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Turkey Is Healthy

Turkey adapts to all meal plans. It's a delicious, versatile protein. A 3-ounce serving of boneless, skinless turkey breast contains 26 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat and 0 grams of saturated fat. That's 8 percent more protein than the same size serving of boneless skinless chicken breast or trimmed top loin beefsteak.

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Turkey is Environmentally Safe

Turkey litter is nutritious for soil and many turkey farmers will use that litter on their own crops instead of commercial fertilizer. America's turkey farmers take their responsibility to be good stewards of the air, land and water seriously.

Turkey's Popularity

Today's consumer recognizes turkey's nutritional value and good taste and enjoys turkey year-round, not just during the holidays. In 2017 U.S. consumption of turkey was 16.4 pounds per person. U.S. growers raised 242.5 million turkeys in 2017.