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Poultry and Egg Association says if you want a turkey, buy early

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means the demand for turkeys is going up.

According to the University of Illinois, Americans eat around 46 million turkeys each year on the holiday.

With supply chain and labor issues caused by the coronavirus affected a variety of industries from construction to farming, what is the condition of Alabama’s turkey supply?

Johnny Adams is the CEO of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association. Adams said that despite supply-chain issues, Alabama’s turkey supply is in good shape.

“All industry is affected and challenged by the current labor and transportation issues. We’ve been conducting some surveys here locally. We have not found a shortage. We have found an ample supply of Turkey,” Adams said.

Still, Adams said that if you want to make sure that you’ve got a turkey, you’d better buy early.

“You know, I would recommend that you go ahead and purchase one sooner rather than later because as we draw nearer to thanksgiving, there will certainly be a rise in demand and that could affect the supply and possibly the pricing.”

Connor Todd is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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