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Midwest pheasant producers are anxious as bird flu spreads
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Bill MacFarlane has been anxious since a case of a deadly bird flu strain was recently confirmed in domestic poultry just 50 miles from his southern Wisconsin farm, the largest pheasant operation in North America that supplies 1.8 million birds each year to the game bird industry....

Bird flu confirmed in second North Dakota poultry flock
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Bird flu has been confirmed in a second commercial poultry flock in North Dakota, state officials announced Friday....

Lawmakers drawing up contingency funding plans for bird flu
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Top Minnesota lawmakers say they're developing contingency plans that would allow state agencies to more easily access emergency response dollars if the spread of avian influenza intensifies....

State officials confirm Sac Co. farm is 3rd with bird flu
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Department of Agriculture says a turkey farm in Sac County has become the third farm in Iowa to have confirmed cases of bird flu....

Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a peacetime state of emergency Thursday to fight a deadly form of bird flu that has already killed millions of birds in the country's top turkey-producing state....

Bird flu cuts into egg, poultry exports in Iowa, Midwest
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Some international trade partners are declining to buy egg and poultry products from Midwestern states that have been affected by a deadly strain of bird flu, while others are excluding imports only from counties where the virus has surfaced....

Barron County turkey flock is sixth with bird flu in state
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The deadly bird flu virus has been detected in a 90,000 turkey flock in Barron County....

Branstad asks agencies to monitor bird flu outbreak in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Gov. Terry Branstad has asked several state agencies to monitor the outbreak of a deadly form of bird flu that's reached Iowa and led to an emergency declaration in Minnesota....

State Fair organizers keeping an eye on bird flu
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota State Fair organizers are already thinking about how the bird flu could impact this summer's poultry exhibition....

With bird flu spreading, USDA starts on potential vaccine
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a vaccine to counter a deadly strain of bird flu, as losses to poultry producers mount....