The impact of avian flu, part 3

In the third part of our conversation about the avian flu, we talk with Kent Thiesse, farm management analyst for MinnStar Bank and longtime Extension agent, about the official response to avian flu, figuring out where it’s coming from, and whether the outbreak means changes to county fairs and the State Fair later this year.

Avian flu in Minnesota, part 3

And an update from the MN State Fair (www.mnstatefair.org):

Minnesota State Fair Cancels 2015 Open Class and 4-H Poultry Shows

ST. PAUL, MINN. (05/15/2015) — The Minnesota State Fair has canceled its poultry shows for the 2015 Great Minnesota Get-Together. The cancellations are in response to the directive issued by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

For the 2015 State Fair, the Poultry Barn will feature interactive displays and presentations about Minnesota’s poultry industry and its huge contribution to the state’s economy.

Throughout its 160-year history, State Fair livestock shows have been modified, restricted, and even canceled for animal health reasons. The most recent occurrence was in April of 2014 when no regional horses were displayed during the Minnesota Horse Expo due to an equine virus.

The State Fair works closely on animal health issues with a variety of agencies and veterinary experts. For decades, these groups have included the Board of Animal Health, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Minnesota 4-H and FFA and a variety of animal producers associations.

Further information on the H5N2 highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is available at the Minnesota Board of Animal Health’s website: www.bah.state.mn.us.

The impact of avian flu, part 2

This week on Rural MN Radio, we’re continuing our conversation with Kent Thiesse, farm management analyst for MinnStar Bank, on the impact of the avian flu epidemic on our poultry farmers and the communities where they live. While there’s no threat to humans, the economic fallout for communities could be serious.

Avian flu in Minnesota, part 2

Avian flu: What it means for us, part 1

Avian flu has hit Minnesota like a Mac truck this spring, affecting dozens of producers and millions of birds. For the next three weeks, we’ll be talking with Kent Thiesse, farm management analyst and vice president at MinnStar Bank in Mankato and a long-time Extension agent, on just where the avian flu is hitting hardest and what it means for producers, consumers, and rural communities.

Avian flu in Minnesota part 1

Housing and jobs: quality of life

This week on Rural MN Radio, we’re continuing our conversation on housing and jobs with Dawn Hegland, executive director of the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission. Attracting workers means paying attention to quality of life. Quality housing within an achievable price range is just one of those factors.

Housing and jobs, part 2

Housing and jobs: A dynamic duo

Housing and jobs go hand in hand. Without jobs, there’s no one to buy houses, and without housing, there’s no place for workers to live. This week on Rural MN Radio, we talk with Dawn Hegland, CRPD board member and executive director of the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission, about the importance of good housing stock for attracting employees. First of two parts.

Housing and jobs, part 1