The American Farm Bureau Federation released a Market Intel report that examines the impact of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza by region. AFBF Senior Economist Veronica Nigh says this year’s outbreak started earlier than the 2015 spread. “This year’s outbreak of avian influenza is similar in the type of birds that it’s impacting and the area.” The Upper Midwest is taking the biggest hit in number of detections. “North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota have almost 40 percent of all the cases detected so far. South Dakota leads all the states in detections accounting for 20 percent of detections nationwide.” Nigh says the cold winter and cool spring have helped the virus survive.
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