North Carolina reclaims title as No. 1 in turkeys

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- North Carolina may have regained the title of the nation's No. 1 turkey producer by just a nose -- or a beak.

For the last few years, North Carolina has battled Minnesota for top producer status. Last year, Minnesota broadcast the news that it had taken the lead. This year, there's been no such rumble from the North. The U.S. Census Bureau, USDA and North Dakota give the lead to the Tar Heel State at 44.5 million birds projected for 2002, compared to 44 million for the Gopher State.

Nationwide, an estimated 270 million turkeys will be raised in 2002, according to the turkey federation.

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