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U of M researchers need your help

University of Minnesota researchers are committed to helping poultry producers and owners understand and learn from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) event of 2015. Various funding sources have allowed for research to proceed in order to better understand the causes of HPAI, susceptibility of hosts and what prevention measures can be used and how.

Currently, there are three research projects that need collaborating partners from area poultry farms. We invite you to learn more about each of the studies and look forward to working with you for the good of Minnesota’s poultry industry.


Please take this anonymous survey on windbreaks and turkey farms. The questions should take less than 15 minutes to answer for each farm site. The survey includes questions for farms regardless of the presence of windbreaks.

Ring-billed and Herring Gulls

We need help in identifying concentration or groups of gulls that are on or near your farms. If your location/farm site is suitable, we need your permission to access your land, capture gulls, test and release them.

Economics of improved biosecurity

A decision tool has been designed to help growers assign costs and benefits of improved practices and tangible biosecurity improvements. Farm examples, which can remain anonymous, will be used to illustrate how to use and interpret the web-based decision tool.

Contact Douglas Tiffany at 612-625-6715 or with questions or to participate in this research.

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