Dayton declares rare Minn. agriculture emergency for growing avian flu

April 23, 2015 11:17 PM

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It is the first Minnesota agriculture emergency declaration state officials could recall, including Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, who has been involved in agriculture policy for decades. Emergencies often are declared after floods, tornadoes and other disasters.

Dayton's executive order establishes a formal procedure for state and federal officials to work together in battling the H5N2 flu outbreak and makes available state personnel, facilities and other resources. It opens the possibility of calling out the National Guard to help, although Dayton emphasiz...

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