THIS WOMAN WRITES Just Pick up a Chicken, Already
From the Start Your Week with Steve Newsletter of Steve Henderson Fine Art:
"When we moved onto our property, it came complete with a dozen chickens; the former owners had bought one o... Posted on 5/27/13 at 6:55 PM
FARM BLEAT Bye-bye birdhouse
I drove out to the farm Saturday afternoon for some much-needed solitude when I noticed our barn is taking on a new look. Actually, it's mostly just a new paint job on the front, but in the process Da... Posted on 10/18/10 at 10:15 PM
PARIS - Iran reported on Monday an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus among backyard chickens in a village in the north of the country, the World Organization for Animal Health said.
HAVANA - Cuba has suspended imports of U.S. chicken citing a bird flu epidemic ravaging the U.S. poultry industry, U.S. traders told Reuters on Tuesday.
A letter e-mailed to the traders from Alimport, the Communist-run country’s food importer, said Cuba would not accept bids for delivery of chicken in August and September, "taking into account the animal health situation."
MUMBAI - Chicken prices in India soared to a record high after a heat wave killed more than 17 million birds in May, as temperatures regularly above 40 degrees Celsius led to mounting casualties among livestock as well as humans.
CHICAGO - Indiana is training 300 prisoners to kill infected chickens and banning bird shows at county fairs. Mississippi is considering road barricades and planning biosecurity measures. Iowa is trying to figure out how to deal with a mountain of dead - and reeking - chickens.
PARIS - 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, the U.S. chief veterinary officer said on Tuesday.
Food distributor Sysco Corp said on Friday that a record U.S. outbreak of avian flu would limit its supply of eggs and chickens that lay them for nine to 18 months, based on information provided to the company by its suppliers.
CHICAGO - Poultry veterinarians in Minnesota believe an outbreak of avian flu has spread between farms, indicating the implementation of a U.S. strategy to contain the deadly bird disease failed in at least some cases.
Restaurant chain operator Wingstop Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday to raise up to $86.25 million in an initial public offering of its common stock.
The company, which claims to be the world's largest casual restaurant chain serving chicken wings, operates 712 restaurants across 36 U.S. states and 6 countries.
CHICAGO - The U.S. government approved the use of an additional $330 million in emergency funds to help contain the worst avian influenza outbreak in U.S. history, as infected bird cases soared and hundreds of Minnesota poultry workers learned they would lose their jobs.
P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek
May 06, 2015
CHICAGO - The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday.
P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek
May 01, 2015
CHICAGO - A U.S. outbreak of bird flu in poultry is not having a material impact on demand for soybean meal, which can be fed to chickens and turkeys, the chief executive of oilseed processor Bunge Ltd said on Thursday.
Dozens of countries have imposed total or partial bans on U.S. poultry and poultry imports since an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza was discovered in December.
Each of the top 10 importers have introduced restrictions. Total bans have been imposed by China, South Korea and Angola, whose markets were valued at nearly $700 million last year.
Two highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza have been found in 14 U.S. states since December, prompting partial to total bans on imports of U.S. poultry and egg products to other countries that were valued at more than $6 billion last year.
CHICAGO - U.S. agriculture officials say it is "highly probable" that the virulent avian flu viruses that have hit U.S. poultry operations hard in recent weeks will return next fall when wild bird populations migrate south, potentially spreading the viruses into new regions of the country.
Julie Steenhuysen and P.J. Huffstutter
April 29, 2015
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