Iowa Turkey Farmer Testifies in Washington on Avian Influenza Outbreak

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Manson turkey farmer Brad Moline, of Moline Farms, testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, regarding the avian influenza outbreak.

Moline said his family farm was struck by bird flu in late May, causing the loss of over 56,000 turkeys.

The birds have all been put down and removed. The farm is now undergoing disinfecting, and the family hopes to reopen at least one barn by the last week in July, or the first week in August.

Moline went to Washington to tell Senators of the what would help farmers to better cope with this disaster.

"We need clear communication from the USDA from start to finish," Moline said. "We need to identify a course of improvement of bio-security, we also need to have a defined, clear, road map of re-population."

Moline also said they need to have a commercially available vaccine for this disease.

"I'm very optimistic, we're working hard to clean up our sites, and re-populate as soon as possible," Moline said. "I want to be back in the turkey industry as fast as possible."

The Manson area farmer also said there was a lesson learned by this whole outbreak.

"Bottom line, we as a country are not ready for a massive disease outbreak like this," Moline said.

Moline Farms has been in the family producing turkeys since 1924.

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