156K chickens added to list of poultry being euthanized

Animal health officials investigating a bird flu outbreak in southwest Indiana have ordered 156,000 chickens at one of 10 affected commercial poultry farms to be euthanized, raising the total number of birds to be killed above 400,000.

US develops bird flu vaccine fully effective on chicken

Scientists are developing a vaccine that has already tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu but is yet to be tested on other birds including turkeys, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

Drought in US Corn Belt; food supply in jeopardy

The US government has slashed estimates for global food supply after a drought withered corn and soybean crops in mid-west part of the country.

US to prepare to send staff to Japan for beef talks: Vilsack

Visiting US Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Thursday that Washington will prepare
to send officials to Japan as part of efforts to ease Tokyo`s
restrictions on US beef imports because of mad cow disease
concerns.