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Listed below are various publications from the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Publications listed come from projects EDA Center faculty and staff have completed, works published in magazines/journals and technical assistance requests. Technical assistance requests are typically planning, research or technical projects that have a direct or indirect impact on job creation, business development or capital investment. All requests are reviewed by EDA Center staff, as well as the EDA Center Advisory Board; and those requests selected comprise our annual work plan. For more information regarding the EDA Center's RFA process click here.


Economic Emergency Program Impact of Poultry and Egg Production Losses and Poultry Processing Losses Due to the Avian Influenza
Completed May 2015
Local EDA/Organization: U of M Extension/Greater Minnesota
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Brigid Tuck, Economic Impact Analysis
Project Description: In late winter 2015, avian influenza was discovered in a flock of commercial turkeys in Minnesota. After the first flock was infected, the virus spread rapidly. As of May 11, 2015, the disease has been confirmed at 85 turkey and chicken farms in 21 Minnesota counties, resulting in the direct loss of nearly 5.7 million birds in the state. Approximately 9 percent of all turkeys and 14 percent of all laying chickens have been affected by the outbreak. In 2014, the value of turkey production in Minnesota was $866.2 million. The value of egg production was $265.9 million. Applying those figures to 2015, as of May 11, an estimated $113.6 million of poultry production has been lost in Minnesota. This does not include the value of future lost production (due to the further spread of the disease or lost production due to barn disinfection and cleaning). To quantify these ripple effects, University of Minnesota Extension conducted an Emergency Economic Impact Analysis (EIA). This Emergency EIA quantifies the ripple effects of the loss of $1 million in poultry and egg production showing that $1 million in direct losses will likely result in a decline of $1.8 million in economic output in Greater Minnesota, including $450,000 in lost farm and household income. It also quantifies the ripple effects of the loss of 100 poultry processing jobs, showing that 100 lost jobs at poultry processing plants will lead to a loss of 210 jobs across Greater Minnesota’s economy, including $9.3 million in lost household income.
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This document was prepared by the University of Minnesota, Crookston under award number 06-66-05709 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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