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Iowa State Fair won't let magician use doves in his act
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Bird flu restrictions are forcing a young magician to come up with new tricks in his act, because the Iowa State Fair says he can't use his pet doves....

Iowa bird flu disaster declaration extended to Aug. 30
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Gov. Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency through Aug. 30 in response to the bird flu outbreak in the state....

US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers....

USDA expects to pay farmers $191 million for bird flu losses
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The federal government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu....

Farmers restocking their flocks as bird flu winds down
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Three months after bird flu wiped out two of Greg Langmo's flocks, he's among the first to start growing turkeys again....

USDA: Bird flu vaccine works on chickens; testing on turkeys
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday....

First Iowa farms hit by bird flu nearing restocking time
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- One of the first Iowa turkey farms where bird flu was found is getting close to the time at which birds can be restocked, but most of the 77 farms affected are still weeks away from introduction of new flocks, Iowa Department of Agriculture officials said Tuesday....

USDA secretary not ready to declare bird flu outbreak over
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that he's not ready to declare the Midwest bird flu outbreak over even though no new cases of the H5N2 virus have been detected over for over a month....

Poultry farmers recovering from bird flu have many questions
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Poultry farmers who lost millions of chickens and turkeys to the bird flu this spring are facing an uncertain future....