Iowa Egg Industry Rebounding from Avian Influenza Outbreak

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s egg producers are bouncing back after one of their worst years in history.

Officials with Iowa’s Egg Council say that they are finally back to where they were two years ago.

In 2015, the avian flu hit the U.S. and took out a large chunk of the poultry population. Millions of birds were destroyed to halt the spread of the sickness.

The situation was particularly bad in Iowa, where the outbreak halted over half of the state’s egg production. That was a drop of 9 billion eggs per year.

Experts say 2016 has been a much needed rebound year.

Katie Nola with the Iowa Egg Council says, “2016 has been great. We are really rebounding from the outbreak. Our producers are almost back up to full capacity.  Back to almost 59 million layers. Producing 16 billion eggs per year. We’re bouncing back.”