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U.S. MOBILIZES TO THWART BIRD FLU

U.S. poultry companies and regulators are taking unprecedented steps to combat the potential return of an avian-influenza virus that roiled egg and turkey farmers earlier this year and resulted in the death of more than 48 million birds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, bracing for a return of the virus during autumn migration season, is… read more

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OUNCE OF PREVENTION

To protect a flock of rare chickens from the possibility of getting the bird flu, Iowa State University said this week it has canceled classes for about 500 students at its poultry teaching and research farm.

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EGG PRICES

The Labor Department recently released data showing a 76%  price jump for eggs between May and June, making the $2.57 per dozen egg average a decade high. Analysts attribute this price increase to the avian influenza outbreaks across the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.

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BIRD FLU

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he’s disappointed that the Obama administration has turned down Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s request for a presidential disaster declaration to help the state’s poultry producers recover from losses due to highly pathogenic avian influenza.

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FARM-SECTOR EARNINGS PLUNGE

Earnings for workers in the U.S. farm sector plunged in the early months of 2015, with all but 9 states posting declines, the Commerce Department said Monday. Farm earnings fell 22.4% in the first quarter, which Commerce attributed primarily to lower livestock output. In Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, farmers have grappled with severe… read more

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BIRD FLU LOWERS CHICKEN PRICES?

The outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest that’s boosted prices for eggs and turkeys has actually resulted in cheaper chicken in the U.S., as many countries restrict imports of poultry products, the Department of Agriculture said in a report released Tuesday.

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AVIAN FLU UPDATE

Michigan has reported its first case of H5N2 bird flu and it’s reportedly linked to Canadian geese. Michigan becomes the 21st state to have a case, but only the sixth state to find it in wild birds.

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BIRD FLU DECLINING

The number of cases of bird flu in the United States has started to decline and the epidemic, is likely to be over within a couple of months, helped by warm weather in the summer, said John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer for the USDA.

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EGG SUPPLY AND BIRD FLU

About 10% of the U.S. egg-laying flock has been wiped out and the financial toll of the worst U.S. bird-flu outbreak in history is soaring. The fast-spreading virus has resulted in the deaths or extermination of at least 38.9 million birds, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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FAIR BANS

Iowa will join Minnesota, New York and other states in banning chickens, turkeys and other poultry from state and county fairs to prevent the spread of bird flu this summer.

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