Extra funding for emergency response to the avian flu outbreak will likely be included in a drought relief package the Minnesota Senate is set to vote on tomorrow (Thurs), followed by negotiations with House which backers hope will produce a compromise bill to fast-track to the governor. Republican Senator Torrey Westrom from Elbow Lake:
“It’s a very serious virus that’s hit the turkey and chicken populations again this year. We’ve avoided it since 2015, and thankful for that, but it’s here again, unfortunately.”
Westrom indicates one sticking-point is a provision in the House bill to help the D-N-R restore tree seedling supplies damaged by drought — but House sponsor, Esko Democrat Mike Sundin has signaled he’s willing to temporarily set that aside so the drought and avian flu package can move forward.