- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska agriculture officials have reversed an earlier decision and cancelled all poultry events for the rest of the year, including exhibits at fairs.

The state Agriculture Department announced the change Thursday. Poultry shows, bird auctions and fair competitions featuring poultry will be banned at least until January 1.

Officials say this ban was imposed to help protect the poultry industry.

Several other states where bird flu has been found have also banned poultry events.

Tests have confirmed bird flu on at least three farms in northeast Nebraska, and 4 million birds are being killed to control the spread of the disease.

Bird flu has been found on two other farms with just over 3 million chickens, but the disease hasn’t been confirmed by subsequent testing. Those farms are quarantined.

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