USDA Expects to Pay Farmers $191 Million for Bird Flu Losses

July 28, 2015 10:19 PM

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USDA Expects to Pay Farmers $191 Million for Bird Flu Losses

DES MOINES, Iow-- The federal government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says that's in addition to the nearly $400 million spent on cleaning up dead birds and disinfecting barns. The government also is paying to research and stockpile a bird flu vaccine.

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