Dead Birds A Part Of The Minnesota Budget
Minnesota researchers say, since the avian bird has hit that state, for every $1 million in lost poultry production, nearly $230 thousand of demand for poultry feed is lost. For every 100 jobs lost due to reduced poultry processing, nine are in the trucking industry. And it’s going to get worse some sau as the bird flu keeps popping up on farms. 88 farms so far.
Winona Senator, Jeremy Miller said he watched the bird deaths grow as the budget was being assembled.
An appropriation includes $10 million toward a low interest loan fund for poultry farmers who suffered bird losses from the flu itself. The loans would assist farmers in replenishing flocks.
The rest of the state money will go to state agencies and boards working to contain the avian flu in Minnesota.