U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar says special appropriations might be necessary to help poultry producers impacted by highly pathogenic avian influenza. She says so far indemnifications have kept up with the growing number of cases across the country:

“But in the next farm bill, which of course doesn’t get voted on until 2023, we also may make some more permanent changes. There are still issues with indemnification, there are still issues with surveillance, and if (HPAI) doesn’t just go away or comes back in the fall we’re going to have to respond in a different way out of Washington.”

Bird flu has been confirmed at 50 sites across the state affecting nearly 2.3 million birds.