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Seeking input for New England’s livestock and poultry farm enhanced biosecurity plans


We are reaching out on behalf of the Secure Food Supply-New England Style project which is funded by the USDA’s 2020 National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program

(NADPRP). This project and the research we are conducting is managed by Dr. Julie Smith at the University of Vermont (UVM) with assistance from the UVM Center for Rural Studies. The goal of the project is to improve foreign animal disease preparedness in New England.

As part of the research study, we are reaching out to owners or operators of commercial livestock and poultry farms across New England to gather your input on challenges and opportunities surrounding the development of enhanced biosecurity plans by livestock and poultry farmers in the region. If you are not receiving this message through a third party, we either found your name on a publicly-accessible directory or have worked with you previously.

This project needs your perspectives on the development of enhanced biosecurity plans. Your experiences and feedback are essential to developing informed, on-farm biosecurity policies and processes. We are conducting a series of confidential interviews with producers like yourself. The interview should take no more than about 45 minutes and will be conducted virtually and recorded using Microsoft Teams. Questions will center on your experiences, perspective and opinions as a producers regarding the development and implementation of enhanced biosecurity plans.

If you would like to learn more and would consider coordinating with our interviewer to participate in this confidential interview, please use one of the links below. It will take you to the research information page, which contains additional details about the study. After you provide your contact information, you will have an opportunity to select a time and date to be interviewed.

The first step is to let us know if you are willing to participate in an interview. Either follow the web link or scan the QR code with your smart phone.

If you have any question, feel free to contact Dr. Smith at 802-656-4496.

We look forward to visiting with you.

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