Above is a map from 12:20 am EST on April 28, 2022. This map shows the migration activity during the night. The most active bird migration happens from sunset to sunrise.
The below patterns show the highest flock concentration levels in yellow. The arrows show large flock movement. As you can see, from the Mississippi flyway to the Rockies lies the highest concentration of wild birds and the potential risks of Avian Influenza outbreaks.
Everyday, and even by the hour, this map changes so the biggest take away is that all egg producers are still very much at risk from the bird flu. We need the hotter, warmer weather to come and help alleviate the high-risk potential we are all currently navigating through.
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Beyond such widely acknowledged factors as labor shortages, higher fuel costs and supply-chain disruptions from the pandemic, other factors helping to drive up the price of food have surfaced in recent weeks, The Washington Post reported.
Rising prices have now hit the fast food industry. Fast food menu prices are up more than 7% between March 2021 and March 2022, according to the National Restaurant Association.
The hike is the largest 12-month increase since 1981. Experts attribute the increased menu prices to higher input costs – particularly food and labor. Click here to read the full article.
The price of eggs has soared in recent weeks in part because of a huge bird flu wave that has infected nearly 27 million chickens and turkeys in the United States, forcing many farmers to "depopulate" or destroy their animals to prevent a further spread. Click here to read the full article from Yahoo! News.
Two dozen additional outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have hit commercial and backyard flocks this week in seven U.S. states, according to the most recent federal data.
The latest outbreaks occurred in Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota and Wisconsin, numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service show.
Prices for food commodities like grains and vegetable oils reached their highest levels ever last month largely because of Russia's war in Ukraine and the “massive supply disruptions” it is causing, threatening millions of people in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere with hunger and malnourishment, the United Nations said Friday. Click here to read the full article.
Shortages, delays and soaring costs have become commonplace since the outset of the pandemic. But experts say there were signs of an impending crisis long before anyone heard of COVID. Read the full article from Restaurant Business by clicking here.
A fertilizer shortage has added to growing concerns about the Ukraine war’s impact on the price and scarcity of certain basic foods. Click here to read the full article.
If you think paying $10 for a pound of bacon or $6 for a pound of butter is bad, it's about to get more expensive. Pretty soon, you'll be paying even more for just about everything when it comes to eating in or dining out, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Click here to read the full article from USA Today.
This is a chicken and egg problem. At least 90 poultry flocks in the U.S. have already been given the bird, the bird flu, that is. Testing so far in 2022 has found highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in these flocks that span 22 different states. Click here to read the full article from Forbes.
Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine has reignited the grain price rally of 2020-21, and the situation is expected to result in tight grain stocks and price volatility for at least two years, according to a new report from CoBank.
United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2022 was 72.2 million head. This was down 2 percent from March 1, 2021, and down 3 percent from December 1, 2021. Click here to read the full article.
The worldwide seafood industry is steeling itself for price hikes, supply disruptions and potential job losses as new rounds of economic sanctions on Russia make key species such as cod and crab harder to come by. Click here to read the full article from ABC News.
Phil Kafarakis knows the pandemic has created dire situations for many restaurants. At the same time, he’s also encouraged by the resilience displayed by many operators.
“I think this pandemic gave people an opportunity to be creative,” said Kafarakis, the president of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), in a recent interview with The Food Institute. Click here to read the full article.
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