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The Iowa turkey industry is an important agricultural value-added activity providing income and employment opportunities for rural areas in Iowa. The 8.54 million turkeys produced in Iowa each year require 207 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. At current average wages in this sector, the aggregate annual wage for turkey production totals about $5.6 million. Approximately 1,750 employees work at the four processing facilities in Iowa. Wages and salaries paid at these facilities total about $50 million annually. The combined economic effect of these two components of the turkey industry totals 1,960 workers and $55.6 million of wages and salaries for processing and production.
Agricultural Economics | Poultry or Avian Science
Lawrence, John and Bortz, Laura, "Iowa’s Turkey Industry: An Economic Review" (2008). Extension and Outreach Publications. 98.
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