Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen says the $4.5 million request in emergency funding to help with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza is similar to what was requested during the 2015 outbreak. “We think we’re going to need somewhere in that ballpark for staffing, equipment and testing. Everyday there’s a fire we’re trying to put out, but we’re controlling this quicker than we did in 2015.” HPAI is spreading quickly across Minnesota. “The experts we’re talking to are telling us to expect this to continue the next six to eight weeks until it warms up. We may not have seen the worst of it, but we don’t know for sure. We need to be as prepared as possible.”
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