Avian influenza in Kansas, Missouri
The Kansas Department of Agriculture has established a control zone in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties after a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed in Leavenworth County. A flock in Crawford County has tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza. Instances of the H5N2 disease were first reported in the region by the Missouri Department of Agriculture in Jasper and Moniteau counties.
Public health experts offer these reminders:
Properly handled and cooked poultry products remain safe to consume.
No human cases have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally.
Owners of backyard poultry flocks and commercial producers should continue to practice good biosecurity measures, including preventing contact with wild birds.
For more information, see Avian Flu Fact Sheet and the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
Everest, a wheat variety developed in Manhattan by K-State Research and Extension breeder Allan Fritz, is the leading variety in Kansas for the second year in a row.
Released by K-State in 2009, Everest led again with 15.8 percent of total planted acreage, according to the 2015 "Kansas Wheat Varieties" report from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
See K-State Wheat Variety and Everest Hard Red Winter Wheat.