COMPENSATION FOR DISEASE OUTBREAKS
Should flock owners affected by disease be compensated by government?
It is questionable whether the epornitic extending from April through early June 2015 in the upper Midwest would have been successfully contained if control measures had not included obligatory depletion. In the event the proximity of farms, cage housing and their size initially overwhelmed the resources of state and federal authorities leading to delays in depletion and disposal of dead hens and pullets. By mid-may, sufficient resources and personnel were available for removal of dead hens from cages. The problem of disposal was addressed by a combination of political pressure and tweaking regulations to bring in incinerators and to facilitate disposal of hens in landfills in Iowa, the Dakota’s and Nebraska.
Given the technical justification for depletion and taking into account the legal obligation of the Federal government to indemnify producers, the question still→