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Bird flu in Iowa: Will egg prices go up?
Bird flu in Iowa: Will egg prices go up?

As the top egg-producing state, Iowa is home to about 15% of the nation's laying hens. The H5N2 avian influenza outbreak discovered at a commercial egg-laying facility in northwest Iowa affects as many as 5.3 million birds -- 10% of the state's egg-laying hens. All of the birds in the Osceola County facility will be euthanized, state agriculture officials say. Here are a few things to know about the bird flu outbreak and what it means for consumers. What is the economic impact of the outbreak? It's too soon to predict the impact on the egg industry, egg farmers or even consumer prices, said Chad Gregory, president and chief executive of United Egg Producers, a trade...

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