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Minnesota turkey farms humming after deadly outbreak

Posted November 21

— Minnesota's turkey farming industry is roaring and ready for Thanksgiving.

Just a year ago the industry was recovering from a deadly avian flu outbreak that wiped out nearly 50 million turkeys across 15 states. Minnesota, the nation's largest turkey producer, was hit hard.

Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson said Monday the state hasn't had a confirmed case all year. Minnesota farmers have raised 46 million birds this year, a normal year for the industry.

The good news came as Gov. Mark Dayton hosted a Minnesota turkey ahead of Thanksgiving. Dayton named the bird "Stomp the Badgers," a reference to the upcoming University of Minnesota football game against Wisconsin.

Unlike presidential pardons, the Minnesota turkey is still heading for a dinner table.

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