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Iowa seeks USDA resources to combat H5N1

U.S. Congressman Zach Nunn says he has requested resources from USDA that would help support poultry and dairy farmers impacted by H5N1 Influenza A.

“One of the things we need to be identifying here is what we can do to move, help monitor and identify to prevent spread.”

According to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, avian influenza cases have been detected this month on some dairy operations in O’Brien and Sioux counties.

Nunn tells Brownfield it remains safe to consume dairy and poultry products. “Iowa’s farmers and producers provide nearly 10% of the entire country’s food supply, and we want to ensure that food supply chain is successful. And that means going after the specific causes of avian flu.”

State Ag Secretary Mike Naig has asked USDA to provide compensation for lost milk production at a minimum of 90% of fair market value.

AUDIO: Iowa Congressman Zach Nunn 6-11-2024

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