2022 Thanksgiving turkey shortage in Idaho


I mentioned to my wife that there was a shortage of turkey and she said she preferred the ham. To me, if there’s no turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, you might as well not celebrate at all.

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Turkey Shortage Will Impact Idaho Before Thanksgiving 2022

There is a shortage of turkeys this year and that means many tables in Idaho will be dressed differently than in previous years. Falls Brand and the Meat and Potato Company in Idaho have published about the turkey shortage and its impact on their businesses and the dinner plans of Idahoans this year. The shortage of turkeys means hams will be more in demand and harder to find.

Why are there no turkeys for Thanksgiving celebrations in Idaho?

The current turkey shortage is due to 3 factors according to The Deseret News. Avian flu, inflation and budget cuts. Eater reports that bird flu alone caused the death of more than 6 million turkeys in 2022, leading to a drop in the number of large birds available for Thanksgiving meals. KIVI in Boise also interviewed farmers who said the smaller birds this year are due to extreme summer heat that has stunted their growth.

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Photo by Jed Owen on Unsplash

Other reports claim a diesel fuel shortage could render anything in grocery stores, not just turkeys.

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