County hit hard by ripple effects of state's bird flu epidemic
PRINSBURG, Minn. – Truck traffic through the Farmers Co-op’s feed mill here is about half of normal these days. The co-op just doesn’t need as much grain to mix into feed. The 130,000-plus birds at its nearby turkey farms are dead.
This is ground zero for the bird flu that’s devastating Minnesota’s turkey industry and threatening the state’s rural economy. Kandiyohi County is the largest turkey producer in the nation’s biggest turkey-producing state, and the county seat of Willmar is home to turkey giant Jennie-O.