Ag Commissioner Staples Talks Turkey

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Ag Commissioner Staples Talks Turkey

Published on November 27, 2013 by Larry Crippen

Turkey Day is almost here, and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples tells us that there are three sub-species of turkeys in Texas. There’s the Eastern turkey found in the Post Oak, Savanna, and Piney Wood regions of East Texas, as well as in Gulf Coast prairies and marshes. The Rio Grande Turkey lives in Southern, Central, and North Texas. Merriam’s turkey is located in isolated mountainous areas of West Texas.

Commissioner Staples says “In the late 1800’s, over-hunting had greatly reduced the number of turkeys in the Lone Star State . . . .”


Commissioner Staples says, “Turkey is a healthy meat choice, and it’s a good choice of protein. Turkey is low in fat.  It adds really well to the holidays.”

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