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All SD Turkey Farms Hit By Bird Flu Restocked, Recovering

All 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.

08/30/2015

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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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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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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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Bird Flu Returns To Minnesota With 6 Newly Infected Farms

Bird 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.

05/26/2015

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Bird Flu Virus Raises Questions Scientists Working To Answer

It’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.

05/02/2015

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2 More Turkey Flocks Presumed To Have Bird Flu In Minnesota

The presumed cases reported Friday are in Kandiyohi and Meeker counties. Both counties have already been found to have infected flocks.

05/01/2015

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Minnesota Turkey Farmer Shares Story Of Stress, Hope

Minnesota 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

04/30/2015

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Dayton Outlines Possible Loan Program For Turkey Farmers

Gov. 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.

04/29/2015

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Dayton And Franken Talk Bird Flu At Central Minn. Turkey Farms

Gov. 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.

04/25/2015

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Bird Flu Confirmed At Iowa Farm With 5.3 Million Chickens

Up 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.

04/20/2015

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Hormel Says Bird Flu Outbreak Will Hurt Turkey Sales

Hormel says it will sell less turkey this year because of a spreading bird flu outbreak. Farmers have been forced to kill more than 2.4 million turkeys since March. Most of the birds were in Minnesota, where Hormel is based.

04/20/2015

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Deadly Bird Flu Confirmed At 8 More Minnesota Turkey Farms

State and federal officials have announced the discovery of a deadly bird flu strain at eight more Minnesota turkey farms, raising the state’s total to 22.

04/14/2015

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Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed At 13th Minnesota Turkey Farm

Authorities have confirmed another bird flu outbreak at a Minnesota turkey farm, raising the state’s total to 14 affected farms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday that the latest case is a commercial turkey flock with 38,000 birds in Kandiyohi County.

04/11/2015

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Bird Flu Confirmed At 4 More Minnesota Turkey Farms

State and federal authorities have confirmed outbreaks of a deadly form of bird flu at four more turkey farms in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected in the state to 13. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the new cases are in Cottonwood, Lyon, Watonwan and Stearns counties.

04/10/2015

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Turkey Farms Boost Precautions After Deadly Flu Strain Found

Minnesota turkey farmers are boosting protective measures after a lethal strain of bird flu wiped out 15,000 birds in about a week. The H5N2 strain of avian influenza devastated a flock of turkeys at an unidentified Pope County farm. Officials say it’s unlikely to infect humans.

03/06/2015

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Propane Shortage Also Impacting Turkey Farms

The winter’s propane shortage isn’t just affecting homeowners. Animals are being impacted, too. Minnesota is the No. 1 turkey producer in the nation. And every winter, turkey farmers go through thousands of gallons of propane to heat barns and keep livestock warm.

01/31/2014