OMAHA (DTN) -- Each year during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, DTN publishes our choices for the top 10 ag news stories of the year. Today we start out with No. 10, 9 and 8.
No. 10: Bird Flu Sweeps Through Turkey, Egg Operations in the Midwest
By Chris Clayton
DTN Ag Policy Editor
Poultry growers and USDA were caught off guard by the devastation when highly-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza swept through the Midwest last spring.
With more than $3.3 billion in estimated economic impact, USDA's chief veterinarian, Dr. John Clifford, eventually declared the deadly bird flu virus as the "largest animal health emergency in this country's history" when he testified before Congress last summer.
Nationally, the virus led...