Nebraska poultry events will continue

Despite two recent outbreaks of avian influenza in northeast Nebraska, state officials say they’re not banning poultry shows at county fairs, the state fair or other events. But Nebraska director of agriculture Greg Ibach says they will reevaluate that decision as the summer progresses. “If, for some reason, we think that we could pose a… Read more »

More avian flu cases in Iowa and Nebraska

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Iowa and Nebraska are reporting new cases of avian flu in commercial poultry operations. The latest Iowa outbreaks involve pullet farms in Sioux and Plymouth Counties in northwest Iowa.  An estimate of the number of birds at those sites in still pending. The Nebraska case involves a layer operation with 1.8 million chickens in Dixon… Read more »

Nebraska’s governor issues declaration on avian flu

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has signed a state of emergency declaration to make sure state agencies have what they need to battle avian influenza in the state. Nebraska agriculture director Greg Ibach says the declaration will give his agency additional resources to respond to the disease outbreak. Earlier this week, officials confirmed the presence of… Read more »

Nebraska reports its first case of avian flu

A flock of 1.7 million egg laying hens in Dixon County in northeast Nebraska has been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) virus. It’s the first case of the disease reported in Nebraska.  The virus has devastated turkey and egg operations in Minnesota and Iowa. Nebraska director of agriculture Greg Ibach says… Read more »

Seven new avian flu cases reported in Iowa

Another four million egg laying hens are part of the latest avian flu announcement from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The hens come from two separate commercial laying operations in Wright County—one with an estimated 2.9 million birds, the other with 1.1 million. Five more Iowa turkey farms have also been hit… Read more »

More avian flu cases in Iowa

Iowa agriculture officials on Wednesday reported six more probable cases of avian flu in commercial poultry farms. Five of the six cases are in Sioux County.  Three of them are commercial egg laying operations and two are pullet farms.  An estimate of the total number of birds at those sites is pending. The other case… Read more »

USDA approved for additional avian flu funds

The USDA has been given the okay by the Office of Management and Budget to use an additional 330 million dollars in emergency funds to deal with the avian flu outbreak. Dr. T.J. Myers with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) says the additional funds will be used to cover costs associated with… Read more »

An avian flu update with Dr. T.J. Myers of USDA-APHIS

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Dr. T.J. Myers is associate deputy administrator for veterinary services at USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).  He is one of the leaders of APHIS’ efforts to stop the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in commercial poultry flocks. In this interview with Brownfield, Myers discusses the authorization of an additional… Read more »

Senators press on avian flu funding

As the number of avian flu cases continues to mount, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators is pressing leaders of Senate Appropriations Committee to make sure funding of the USDA’s avian health program is a top priority. The effort is led by Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Chuck Grassley of Iowa. “We have not been… Read more »

One-third of Iowa’s layers affected by avian flu

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On Monday, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship reported four more probable cases of the highly pathogenic avian influenza on commercial poultry farms in the state.  Those cases involve three turkey farms and one commercial laying operation with an estimated 2.8 million birds.  That means nearly one-third of Iowa’s layers have been affected… Read more »