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From Alabama to Iowa:

World’s Biggest Turkey Farm

Huntsville-based Aviagen Corp. broke ground on April 12 on what will be the world’s largest turkey hatchery, with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and his secretary of agriculture manning ceremonial shovels for the event.

Aviagen—the world’s largest breeder of poultry breed stock—is building the facility to serve Valley of the Moon Commercial Poults: 24 buildings comprising 86,000 square feet of hatcheries, located in south central Iowa.

Valley of the Moon refers to Sonoma, Calif., home to Nicholas Turkeys, a brand owned by Aviagen. Valley received $2 million in state tax credits for building the $16.7 million complex.

Iowa is the 10th largest turkey producing state and grows an abundance of corn for turkey feed.

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