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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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AVIAN FLU UPDATE

Bird Flu could claim an additional 4 million of Iowa’s egg-laying chickens on two more farms in a county already hit by the disease, according to Iowa agriculture officials.

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BIRD FLU UPDATE

USDA revised downward its estimate of an Iowa chicken flock hit with a deadly strain of avian influenza, while confirming several new cases in smaller flocks. Mexico also announced a ban on all poultry exports from the state of Iowa. The National Chicken Council has some talking points available.

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BIRD FLU

About 5.3 million laying hens in northwest Iowa will be destroyed after tests confirmed a second outbreak of avian influenza in the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.  State officials say the impacted farm accounts for nearly 10% of Iowa’s egg production.

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NO QUALITY DIFFERENCE

Egg-laying hens raised cage-free exhibit a wider range of natural behaviors than more-confined birds, but cage-free facilities have higher hen-mortality rates and lower air quality, according to industry-backed research published on Wednesday. The study also found no quality differences between cage-free and conventional eggs.

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PROP 2 FALLOUT

Rising egg prices due to implementation of California’s Proposition 2 is raising concerns. Chad Gregory, president of the Georgia-based United Egg Producers, which represents over 90% of the nation’s egg farmers, said the industry would adapt to consumer demands. Gregory tells the Chicago Tribune he hopes the federal government will eventually step in to provide… read more

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COSTLY EGGS

10 days before a groundbreaking animal welfare law takes effect in California, the price of conventional, “caged” chicken eggs has climbed so high that Sonoma County shoppers can pay less for cage-free brands.

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FREIGHT WOES

Freight trains aren’t getting food to chickens fast enough, sending prices for soybean meal toward the biggest monthly gain in 40 years.

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