Tests On Ducks Could Provide Early Warning On Bird FluAs the poultry industry braces for a potential return of bird flu this fall, wildlife managers expect the first results next week from tests that could provide an early warning on whether ducks are carrying the disease as they fly south for the winter.
Officials Lift Quarantine On Minnesota Poultry FarmsFarms across Minnesota are getting some good news in the fight against bird flu. State animal health leaders said the quarantine on Minnesota poultry farms is now lifted.
Poultry Industry, Government Meet In Iowa On Bird FluA 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.
State Fair Will Have Roller Coaster, Games & Free SunscreenState Fair goers will notice something missing from this year's fair – the poultry birds.
4H Students Settle In To Reality Of Bird-Free FairsPeople 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.
Federal Gov't To Step Up Bird Flu Monitoring This FallThe 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.
Minnesota State Fair Cancels Poultry Shows Due To Bird FluAll poultry shows have been canceled at the Minnesota State Fair and county fairs across the state this year as authorities try to stop the spread of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is also prohibiting birds from being included in swap meets, exotic animal sales and petting zoos.
Bird Flu Causes Egg Shortage At Grocery StoresThere are no new cases of bird flu to report in Minnesota for a second day this week -- but that's likely little comfort to poultry producers. The virus spread to 82 farms across more than 20 counties in just two months.
Sen. Klobuchar Seeks Broader Compensation For Poultry FarmersU.S. Senator Klobuchar met with poultry producers Monday morning in Litchfield. She says some producers have lost everything all in one week. Klobuchar said it was very emotional with several of them breaking down.
With Bird Flu Spreading, USDA Starts On Potential VaccineAs losses to poultry producers continue to climb from a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a potential vaccine in response to the current outbreak.
Bird Flu Takes Biggest Toll Yet As Virus Hits Chicken FarmsPoultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held more than 5 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens.
Bird Flu Outbreak Could Head Eastward With Fall MigrationSome scientists say that eastern U.S. poultry producers should brace for the potential arrival of a deadly bird flu virus outbreak that farmers in the Midwest have struggled to stop. The fear is that if the virus isn't already lurking in the Atlantic Flyway, it could spread there this fall when wild ducks fly south for the winter.