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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Finding Answers Now: The Human Side of Avian Flu

By Michael Brott, Communications Manager

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The Human Side of Avian Influenza
Avian influenza (AI) has had a devastating effect on the livelihood of Minnesota farmers and producers. What about families and communities — how does avian flu impact those who don't work directly on a poultry farm? From local layoffs and business closures to increased prices and concerns about poultry food products, AI can threaten families and communities' sense of safety and security. Even if you do not work on a farm or poultry production facility, you may be wondering how you, your family, and your community will be affected.

Neighboring states are also grappling with AI — their families face similar situations and share similar needs. University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development has partnered with human sciences program leaders in Iowa and South Dakota in a tri-state effort. We are working together to share materials, leverage resources, and coordinate distribution of potentially helpful information and education for affected families in all three states.

On Thursday, June 25, you have the opportunity to hear from the leaders in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota in a one-hour webinar. Attendees will learn about the tri-state effort, understand how you can access helpful resources for families affected by AI, and discuss what else is needed. The event will include time for each state to have local discussions.

Please join this discussion about how what critical role we can play within the state to help affected families. Join us Thursday, June 25, 3–4 p.m. at https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/finding-answers-now/.

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