Avian Aid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Mark Warner has remembered hard-hit poultry farmers in his proposed budget.

The spending plan includes one-point-five million dollars for Shenandoah Valley poultry farmers who lost flocks to avian flu. The General Assembly must approve the provision.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture already has agreed to provide $13.9 million in indemnity funding for direct poultry losses.

Almost 200 Virginia poultry farmers had more than four-point-seven million birds destroyed in an effort to stop the virus from spreading. The Virginia Poultry Federation estimates the industry lost $130 million.

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