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Aric Putnam was elected to his second term in the Minnesota Senate in the November general election, which saw the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party flip enough Senate seats from red to blue that the party now controls both houses of the Legislature and saw Gov. Tim Walz win a second term. Putnam will chair the Senate Agriculture Committee
Ashley Kohls was named executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council late last month.
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Nearly 500,000 birds affected by early autumn surge in avian flu in Minnesota
More than 650,000 birds over 18 sites have been depopulated in Minnesota due to an early autumn surge in highly pathogenic avian influenza.
The order, issued Wednesday, Sept. 28, intends to provide "relief from certain regulations for drivers and carriers transporting HPAI emergency equipment and supplies to help mitigate the impacts and limit the spread of HPAI in Minnesota." Walz previously issued similar executive orders in March and April.
As of Sept. 7, nationwide there have been 200 commercial flocks, 229 backyard flocks and nearly 44 million birds affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Previous policy limited only birds from avian influenza hotspots.

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Testing of a commercial turkey flock in Meeker County has come back positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza. The flock has been depopulated to stop the spread of the disease.
U.S. ban on hunter-harvested fowl applies only to a few areas of Canada where avian influenza continues.
The announcement comes as fair season begins. Highly pathogenic avian influenza has affected almost 3 million birds on Minnesota farms in 2022.

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