Klobuchar to meet with poultry producers in Western Minnesota on Monday

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today released the following statement after Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declared a State of Emergency in response to the continued spread of avian flu:

“This emergency declaration will trigger important new resources to help bolster efforts to contain the spread of avian flu. While the avian flu does not pose a threat to humans or to our food supply, it is a serious threat to our state’s vital turkey and chicken industries. I am planning to meet with poultry producers in western Minnesota on Monday, and I will also be speaking with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. I will continue working to ensure our state has the necessary resources to combat the spread of avian flu and protect our state’s poultry producers.”

Earlier this month, Klobuchar met with federal and Minnesota health and agriculture officials, as well as local turkey growers, to discuss the importance of a coordinated response to the spread of avian flu.