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Tax structure keeps turkey production down

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at 8:44 a.m.

The Thanksgiving table likely won't include a Kansas turkey.

Kansas produces about 1.3 million turkeys a year. The 2007 Census of Agriculture, the most recent, showed 83 farms in Kansas producing turkeys, according Kansas State University Research and Extension.

Scott Beyer, an extension animal scientist, said, "From what producers and prospective producers tell me, the tax environment they have to work in makes it difficult for growers who produce animals under contract.

"It's possible that some revision to the tax structure could benefit our rural areas by creating a more hospitable business environment for them. States immediately around us — Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri — are major poultry producing states, with lots of jobs associated with the industry."

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