Despite Bird Flu, Minnesota Still Top Turkey Producing StateMinnesota has retained its ranking as the nation's top turkey producing state despite this year's bird flu outbreak. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting that the country will raise 228 million turkeys this year, down 4 percent from the number raised in 2014.
All SD Turkey Farms Hit By Bird Flu Restocked, RecoveringAll nine of the turkey farms in South Dakota that were affected by the deadly bird flu virus during the spring have restocked and are raising birds again, though the lone chicken farm has yet to recover.
Bird Flu-Related Layoffs Harming Faribault's Economy, ResidentsIt 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.
Minnesota Records 13 Straight Days With No New Bird FluMinnesota 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.
Kandiyohi County Records 40th Bird Flu CaseThe 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.
Bird Flu Returns To Minnesota With 6 Newly Infected FarmsBird flu has returned to Minnesota after a lull of over a week with no new cases, with presumptive positive test results from six turkey farms. The new detections announced by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Tuesday.
Bird Flu Virus Raises Questions Scientists Working To AnswerIt's been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the United States, and producers have lost 21 million birds in the Midwest alone. Yet, researchers acknowledge they still know little about a bird flu virus that's endangered turkey and egg-laying chicken populations that supply much of the nation.
2 More Turkey Flocks Presumed To Have Bird Flu In MinnesotaThe presumed cases reported Friday are in Kandiyohi and Meeker counties. Both counties have already been found to have infected flocks.
Minnesota Turkey Farmer Shares Story Of Stress, HopeMinnesota turkey farmers are on edge, trying to stop the spread of an avian flu that's killed millions of birds. Scott Heymer is the owner of Red Bridge Farms in Princeton. He's been in the turkey business for nearly 40 years, with about 60,000 turkeys on his farm
Dayton Outlines Possible Loan Program For Turkey FarmersGov. Mark Dayton says the state may set up a low-interest loan program for farmers hit by a deadly bird flu outbreak. Fifty-six farms had been hit with the virus as of Tuesday, costing farmers more than 3.3 million birds.
Dayton And Franken Talk Bird Flu At Central Minn. Turkey FarmsGov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken were in Willmar Saturday to meet with emergency responders and poultry producers and talk about the ongoing response to the virus in Minnesota.
Bird Flu Confirmed At Iowa Farm With 5.3 Million ChickensUp to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.