USDA pricetag for bird-flu epidemic may top $500 million

In a Bloomberg interview, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the government may spend more than half a billion dollars to fight the avian-influenza epidemic and to compensate poultry producers for their flocks. Some $410 million has been earmarked for the work. “We need to be very prepared for this to re-assert itself in the fall,” said Vilsack… » Read More

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