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Avian flu crisis over for now, but producers fear its return

The Legislature appropriated several million dollars during the 2015 session to help combat last spring’s avian flu crisis that effected more than 100 state poultry producers, leading to well over 8 million birds being destroyed.

At Tuesday’s joint meeting of the House agriculture finance and policy committees, poultry producers and various state agency personnel provided updates about the current status of the crisis and the state’s response to the declared state of emergency. No action was taken.

Minnesota is the No. 1 turkey producing and processing state in the United States.

Read previous Session Daily stories about the issue:

April 28: House committee adds $6 million to fund avian flu fight

April 16: Avian flu may plague MN turkey growers for years, committee hears

April 14: Funds to fight avian flu bolstered as omnibus agriculture bill is approved

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