Thursday, April 30, 2015

More funds sought to fight avian flu

Four federal politicians are asking the Obama administration to make more money available to stop the spread of avian influenza.

The virus has affected nearly 100 farms in more than a dozen states, requiring the depopulation of about 11 million birds. It is spread by migratory birds. In Minnesota, nearly all of the 54 impacted farms are located within a few hundred yards of a lake, the letter noted.

The four sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, suggesting he be empowered to dip into the Commodity Credit Corp. funds.

The letter was sent by two Republicans - Agriculture Committee chairmen Senator Pat Roberts from Kansas and House of Representatives member K. Michael Conaway from Texas – and two Democrats – Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan and House of Representatives member Collin Peterson from Minnesota where the governor has declared a state of emergency and has called out the national guard.