Bird Flu

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US Expects To Pay Farmers $191 Million For Birds Lost To Flu

The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers.

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Poultry Industry, Government Meet In Iowa On Bird Flu

A bird flu that resulted in the deaths of 48 million chickens and turkeys has finally waned, but industry officials and government researchers will gather this week in Des Moines to discuss next steps if the virus returns this fall or next spring.

07/26/2015

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Farmers Restocking Their Flocks As Bird Flu Winds Down

Midwest poultry producers are growing turkeys again. Minnesota lost 9 million turkeys and chickens to bird flu. Now, 37 of its farms have been cleared to restock.

07/24/2015

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4 Things To Know: State Fair’s Poultry Barn, Ikea & More

These are the four stories you need to know about from Thursday, July 23. They include a troubling study on big city roads, as well as some big changes at the State Fair this year.

07/23/2015

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USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Works On Chickens; Testing On Turkeys

Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.

07/22/2015

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USDA Secretary Not Ready To Declare Bird Flu Outbreak Over

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he’s not ready to declare the Midwest bird flu outbreak over. While no new cases of the H5N2 virus have been detected over for over a month, Vilsack told The Associated Press on Monday that the threat hasn’t passed.

07/20/2015

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4H Students Settle In To Reality Of Bird-Free Fairs

People visiting county fairs this summer are starting to notice something is missing: birds. The Chisago County Fair opens Thursday in Rush City. And like every other fair in the state, it has been directed to cancel its live poultry exhibits to prevent the possible spread of bird flu.

07/15/2015

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Second Wild Case Of Bird Flu Reported In Ramsey County Chickadee

Officials in the Department of Natural Resources have confirmed Minnesota’s second case of bird flu in the wild. According to the DNR, a wild chickadee was recovered in Ramsey County on June 10 and delivered to a wildfire rehabilitation center where it tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

07/10/2015

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Federal Gov’t To Step Up Bird Flu Monitoring This Fall

The federal government has announced plans to step up monitoring of wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.

07/02/2015

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Bird Flu-Related Layoffs Harming Faribault’s Economy, Residents

It has been nearly three weeks since the last reported case of the bird flu in Minnesota. But the state has been hit hard since the outbreak began in March. About nine million turkeys and more than 100 farms have been lost.

06/24/2015

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Egg Shortage Cutting Into Restaurant Profits, Menu Items

Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more — if it’s even on the menu.

06/21/2015

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Minnesota Records 13 Straight Days With No New Bird Flu

Minnesota recorded its 13th straight day with no new cases of bird flu on Thursday as the focus on recovery continues. Minnesota producers have lost around 9 million turkeys and chickens on 108 farms to the H5N2 avian influenza virus since its presence was first confirmed in early March.

06/18/2015

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Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & Lakes

Gaylene from St. Paul asks: Why do we put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem? It is actually part of United States law. The U.S. Flag Code was adopted in 1923, and it says when the flag is present during the anthem, veterans and members of the Armed Forces should give the military salute.

06/12/2015

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New Bird Flu Cases Slow, Focus Turns To Preventing Repeat

No new bird flu cases have been reported in nearly a week on commercial farms in Minnesota and Iowa, giving government officials, scientists and farmers hope that the worst U.S. outbreak of the bird flu is, though not over, winding down.

06/12/2015

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Some Farmers Restocking After Bird Flu Outbreak

We’re seeing a new phase in the bird flu outbreak that has led to the deaths of millions of turkeys in Minnesota. A small number of affected farmers are now restocking.

06/11/2015

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Canterbury Park Cancels Ostrich Races Due To Bird Flu Scare

There is some breaking news out of Shakopee that is sure to ruffle some feathers. Canterbury Park officials have announced that ostriches will not take part in this year’s Extreme Race Day — the park’s most popular event of the year.

06/11/2015

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Stearns County Farm To Become 2nd In Minnesota To Restock

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says one of the first farms in Stearns County to be hit by the Midwest bird flu outbreak is set to restock with turkeys in the coming days. It’ll be the second Minnesota poultry farm to resume production.

06/10/2015

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Egg Prices Nearly Triple At Some Iowa Stores

Egg prices have tripled at some supermarkets, and we have the outbreak of bird flu to blame. In Iowa, nearly half the birds at farms in the state have been affected by the avian flu.

06/10/2015

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1st Midwest Farm Hit By Bird Flu Restarts

Three months after a devastating form of bird flu made its first appearance in the Midwest, the first poultry farm in the region to be affected is growing turkeys again — even though the virus is still lurking in Minnesota and beyond.

06/09/2015

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Kandiyohi County Records 40th Bird Flu Case

The top turkey producing county in the country’s top turkey state has recorded its 40th case of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Friday said the state’s latest presumed positive detection is a turkey farm in Kandiyohi County.

06/05/2015

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Good Question: How Can Humans Catch The Bird Flu?

The Centers for Disease Control issued another warning Wednesday to doctors and health officials: be on the lookout for people infected with avian flu. Minnesota health officials right now are monitoring poultry workers and others who might be exposed to infected birds. So far, no one has shown signs of getting sick.

06/04/2015

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USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Not Good Enough For Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a bird flu vaccine doesn’t work well enough to approve it for emergency use against the current outbreak that’s shaken the Midwest poultry industry.

06/03/2015

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Large Renville County Chicken Farm Hit By Bird Flu

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the farms with presumptive positive test results announced Wednesday included one with 415,000 young chickens that had not started laying eggs, and a turkey farm where the flock size was not immediately available.

06/03/2015

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Hard-Hit Kandiyohi County Reports 39th Bird Flu Case

The top turkey producing county in the top turkey state has reported another case of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported presumptive positive test results Tuesday from a 39th flock in Kandiyohi County.

06/02/2015

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Brown County Records Minnesota’s 103rd Bird Flu Case

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Monday said the presumptive positive case announced Monday is the fourth farm in Brown County to be affected by the outbreaks.

06/01/2015

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