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Minnesota Legislature approves emergency $1M for bird flu

(Charlie Neibergall | AP)
Published: Apr. 9, 2022 at 4:37 PM CDT
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Legislature has rushed through $1 million in emergency funding to bolster the fight against bird flu.

The highly contagious disease has cost the state’s turkey farmers more than 1 million birds so far.

Senate Agriculture Chairman Torrey Westrom pointed out before the unanimous vote in the Senate and the 129-1 vote in the House on Thursday that the numbers of affected Minnesota farms and birds have doubled in less than a week.

Minnesota is the top turkey producing state, with nearly 700 farms that raise about 40 million birds per year. Across the U.S., the outbreak is the biggest since 2015, with Iowa the hardest hit state.

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