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AVIAN FLU

A strain of avian flu has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. Until now, the strain had been found only in the Western United States. No cases yet reported in Illinois.

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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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AVIAN FLU UPDATE

With avian flu cases continuing to spread across Midwest poultry farms, a bipartisan group of senators is appealing to appropriators to ensure the Agriculture Department has enough money to fight the outbreak. So far, Illinois has not seen any cases.

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BIRD FLU UPDATE

Poultry specialists & the Illinois Department of Agriculture are working with farmers and the poultry industry to prevent an outbreak of HPAI in the state. “You’ve got to think about biosecurity, even for the small flocks,” says Andrew Larson, U of I small farms educator.

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BIRD FLU UPDATE

No cases of the deadly poultry disease has been discovered in Illinois to date. Illinois Department of Agriculture reaffirmed they are monitoring neighbor states for signs of avian influenza during a U of I webinar this afternoon.    

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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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PILGRIM’S PRIDE

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., the second-largest U.S. poultry processor, plans to eliminate all antibiotics from a quarter of its chicken production by 2019, up from about 5% currently, according to its chief executive.

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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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BIRD FLU

After the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture detected bird flu in 3 of the state’s flocks, the Wisconsin governor on Monday declared a state of emergency allowing the state’s National Guard units to help contain the outbreaks.

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BirdFlu OUTBREAK SPREADS

The USDA reported the H5N2 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed on another poultry farm in Minnesota, and at two more in South Dakota. The bird flu outbreak brought the number of farms infected to 23. The death toll has climbed to more than 1.2 million birds killed by the disease or by authorities scrambling… read more

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