Four more locations in Iowa were found to have cases of the bird flu virus. The total number of poultry that is required to be culled to stop the spread of the virus in Iowa alone has reached over 19 million.
The Department of Agriculture from the state of Iowa made an announcement that over 5 million birds died or are to be euthanized because of the flu.
The Iowa House agreed to increase the spending on the flu as part of an overall funding for agriculture and approved a number of amendments to increase funding for the avian flu.
One Iowa Representative amended a bill that will now ensure that a still undetermined amount of aid from the state goes to farmers who have flocks that are affected by the recent flu outbreak.
The first step has been taken already to make the flu-fighting funding in Iowa a law. One measure has been signed that allocated close to $900,000 to different state agencies as a way to compensate for their expenses during 2015 that are flu related.
The Iowa House also made the decision to increase the amount of time poultry workers unemployed because of the bird flu can continue to receive unemployment insurance. The measure increased it by 13 weeks.
The House in Iowa voted 89-37 in favor of the tax agriculture bill that will allow for an industrial growth study on hemp. This is meant for research purposes only and prohibits the making of hemp a regular general crop.
Tony Cornish a Representative from Vernon Center, Iowa, said that the measure has seen certain opposition from law enforcement, since there is a similar appearance between marijuana and hemp as well as their smell being very similar, but a person is unable to become high from smoking hemp.
One other Republican representative in the Iowa House said the two crops have very different characteristics from one another and many useful good could be made through the use of hemp.