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Egg prices reached record highs in December 2022 and have now surpassed $5 per dozen in supermarkets across the region.
Small-scale poultry growers need to pay special attention to their birds' needs during the cold months
Hunter Kvistad's farm in Yellow Medicine County is the site of a virtual tour on Nov. 22, 2022 –- two days before Thanksgiving -– as part of Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom. Keri Sidle of Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom said the organization has been visiting a turkey farm just before Thanksgiving every year since 2016. Minnesota is the nation's leading turkey producer and the turkey farm is the most popular of the virtual tours. Sidle expects more than 100 elementary classrooms from 12 to 15 states will participate.
American Farm Bureau Federation economists said despite the higher prices, there should be enough turkeys available for the Thanksgiving demand.

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Ashley Kohls was named executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council late last month.
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Nearly 500,000 birds affected by early autumn surge in avian flu in Minnesota
More than 650,000 birds over 18 sites have been depopulated in Minnesota due to an early autumn surge in highly pathogenic avian influenza.
The order, issued Wednesday, Sept. 28, intends to provide "relief from certain regulations for drivers and carriers transporting HPAI emergency equipment and supplies to help mitigate the impacts and limit the spread of HPAI in Minnesota." Walz previously issued similar executive orders in March and April.
Testing of a commercial turkey flock in Meeker County has come back positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza. The flock has been depopulated to stop the spread of the disease.
But you can find barns full of equine, bovine, swine, goats, sheep and such spread throughout the fairgrounds.
The announcement comes as fair season begins. Highly pathogenic avian influenza has affected almost 3 million birds on Minnesota farms in 2022.

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The inventory of flocks in Minnesota diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza now stands at 62 sites, with a total of 2,718,082 birds affected, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Two additional infection sites were announced Friday, April 29.
There are 70 sites of confirmed avian flu infection in Minnesota as of Tuesday, May 10. The inventory of flocks diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is approaching 2.9 million, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
There are 66 sites of confirmed avian flu infection in Minnesota as of Tuesday, May 3. The inventory of flocks diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is about 2.73 million, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

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