Extension has a long history of responding to emerging issues, and avian flu is the latest. As Minnesota continues to deal with the impact of avian flu, Extension is working alongside producers, state and federal officials, University colleagues and many others to respond to immediate needs, conduct vital research, and help individuals, businesses and communities identify next steps.
This week our poultry team continued to work with producers across the state; 4-H staff responded to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health's directive to cancel all bird exhibitions at county fairs, the State Fair and other gatherings of birds in 2015; and Extension's Center for Community Vitality released an economic impact analysis of the impact of avian flu in Minnesota. You can learn more about Extension's response and see the media coverage on our Responding to Emerging Issues website.
I want to thank all of you who work tirelessly to respond to the many weather and non-weather related issues and emergencies that impact our state. Your research, education, relationships and engagement across Minnesota truly makes a difference.