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Healthy Farms Biosecurity Community

The Healthy Farms Biosecurity Group is a community is open to all stakeholders who engage with youth or agricultural producers, as they consider and implement effective biosecurity plans and practices. The project is supported by the USDA NIFA-funded Animal Disease Biosecurity Coordinated Agricultural Project (ADBCAP).

Lessons from COVID and Your Animal Science Projects

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Lessons from COVID and Your Animal Science Projects

Are the lessons we are learning from COVID applicable to your animal science projects with youth?

Join the discussion on February 25 at 5:00 PM Pacific time (8:00 PM Eastern time) to hear from Extension educators about the lessons we have learned from the COVID experience—as a zoonotic disease affecting humans globally—and how this pandemic applies to the spread and prevention of farm animal diseases as well.

Our presenters will discuss the impacts of farm animal diseases such as avian influenza, and how youth biosecurity education can encourage positive change in behaviors to prevent and manage the spread of diseases.

Farm animal biosecurity is the practice of preventing or reducing the introduction of diseases and pests, and is a whole farm approach for assessing, prioritizing and addressing the risks to herd and flock health.

Many livestock diseases of importance are currently active in the U.S. and other countries; we must do all we can to protect livestock from disease threats. We want  feedback on the effectiveness of new biosecurity education tools and resources from the Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture (HFHA) project. We also want to gather suggestions about other approaches to increase youth producers' biosecurity competence.


  • Pam Watson,  4-H Youth Development Agent, Washington State University
  • Susan Kerr, DVM, PhD, Professor Emerita, Department of Animal Science, Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist, 4-H Educator, Washington State University
  • Julie Smith, DVM, PhD, Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture Project Director, Associate Professor, University of Vermont

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