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From the commentary: The question becomes: How much further can we keep expanding the number of domestic birds that are grown and slaughtered? How much longer can this vicious cycle continue before it explodes?
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.
The Renville County Sheriff's said it received report of a structure fire at a turkey farm Thursday afternoon four miles north of Morton. No one was injured, according to the release.
More than 650,000 birds over 18 sites have been depopulated in Minnesota due to an early autumn surge in highly pathogenic avian influenza.
A temporary statewide ban on poultry events and exhibitions has been extended a second time, this time until July 1. It includes all poultry swaps, fairs, exhibitions and other events where live poultry and susceptible birds are brought together and then disperse.

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The Minnesota Board of Animal Health's list of confirmed cases of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza totals 79 sites in 28 counties, as of Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
There are 75 sites of confirmed H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza infection in Minnesota as of Tuesday, May 17, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
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.

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