Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts issued a state of emergency declaration on Thursday, after federal agriculture officials confirmed a second farm site had tested positive for the rapidly spreading avian flu virus, according to state officials.
A strain of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu that had recently been found only in the Western United States has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.
The small North Dakota community of Heimdal and surrounding farmsteads have been evacuated after an oil tanker train derailed this morning.
Wells County Emergency Manager Tammy Roehrich said the BNSF Railway oil tanker train derailed around 7:30 a.m., setting six oil tanker cars on fire.
CHICAGO - The U.S. government will tap an additional $330 million in emergency funds to cover farmer claims related to the fast-spreading bird flu outbreak and other efforts to contain the disease, U.S. Agriculture Department sources told Reuters on Tuesday.
WILLMAR, Minn. –– The avian influenza, which continues to steamroll through commercial turkey farms in Kandiyohi County, is getting the attention of the state’s top lawmakers who will hold a public forum at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Minnwest Technology Campus in Willmar.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency as 2.6 million turkeys have because of avian influenza since early last month.
The action came Thursday with the number of flocks affected in the country's top turkey producing state rising. Officials awaited confirmation that the first Minnesota chicken flock was infected.
Mexico has expanded its ban on United States live bird and egg imports to include the state of Iowa because of bird flu concerns, according to the Mexican Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday.
Check back for more on this developing story.
CHICAGO - Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency.
CHICAGO - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday declared a state of emergency over an outbreak of a strain of bird flu deadly to poultry and authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the virus.
The North Dakota State Board of Animal Health was notified today that samples from a commercial turkey flock in Dickey County tested by the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab are presumed positive for H5 avian influenza after the flock owner reported increased mortality.
Corn, the star of Upper Midwest agriculture in recent years, won’t shine quite so brightly in the 2015 growing season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts.
“A little bit of the shine seems to be off corn,” says Erik Younggren, a Hallock, Minn., farmer.
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