Avian Influenza Making Live Poultry Off-Limits to Iowa State Ag Students

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AMES, Iowa -- The unprecedented avian influenza in Iowa this year has caused Iowa State to make the poultry farm there off-limits to students.

Due to the 77 sites in Iowa struck by the disease, with the loss of millions of birds, ISU is keeping access to live poultry limited.

Students will be learning through videos, textbooks, and working with companies in the industry to learn about the industry. The bird flu is also being used as a learning tool, teaching contemporary issues facing poultry farmers and processors.

Some students may now consider poultry as a career field, which may have not looked at the area. There also is a possibility more jobs will open in agriculture bio-security.

Currently students studying animal science have a 98 percent placement rating for employment upon graduation.

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