Although the last confirmed case of the avian influenza (bird flu) was in June, experts are bracing for the outbreak's impact on Thanksgiving.
With the potential for the disease to move south with birds migrating for winter, it's likely that turkeys on the Thanksgiving table will be impacted.
"Minnesota was the second largest turkey producing state in the country," said Joe Deal, Assistant Extension Agent, Agriculture with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. "The disease impacted 8.9 million birds in that state. Many of those birds were turkeys and would have found their way to the Thanksgiving table this fall. North Carolina was the third largest producer of turkeys in the country. As of now, N.C. probably is number two because of the loss in Minnesota.There will be fewer turkeys available for Thanksgiving dinner this year and probably a higher price tag as a result."