ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The first slice of emergency funding for the state’s response to a deadly bird flu outbreak is heading to Gov. Mark Dayton.
The Senate unanimously passed a bill sending nearly $900,000 to the Board of Animal Health and the Department of Agriculture for response efforts. The House passed the same bill Wednesday and Dayton has promised to sign it.READ MORE: Early Voters In Minneapolis Need To Know These Key Rule Changes
To date, nearly 4 million turkeys and chickens at 67 Minnesota farms have died or been euthanized.READ MORE: Train Carrying Ethanol Derails In Southern Minnesota Town
State officials are mulling an additional $7 million to cover response costs over the next year and setting up a low-interest loan program for affected farmers.
House lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday to compensate farmers for birds that died of the flu. The federal government only reimburses farmers for euthanized animals.MORE NEWS: 'I Would Take A Drawing On A Napkin': Chief Arradondo Says No Elected Official Has Spoken With Him About The Public Safety Ballot Question
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