Following a request from Iowa Senators Joni Ernst (R) and Chuck Grassley (R), the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will convene a hearing on July 7, 2015, to discuss the ongoing outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), H5N2. The outbreak has “decimated” turkey, chicken and other poultry flocks in 15 states, and an estimated 30 million birds in Iowa have been affected. “This is an important opportunity to bring leaders and key stakeholders together to review the pandemic spread of this deadly disease, identify areas for improvement within response procedures, and set the state to ensure we are better prepared in the future,” Ernst was quoted as saying.
Increases in wholesale table egg prices have reportedly “begun to reverse due to buyer resistance and limited demand,” according to the agriculture department’s Agricultural Marketing Service. See Press Release of Sen. Charles Grassley, June 11, 2015; The New York Times, June 16, 2015.