The term biosecurity refers to a set of preventive measures designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, quarantined pests, invasive species, and living modified organisms. By implementing proper on-farm biosecurity measures, producers may protect livestock and other agricultural assets. Many of the best management practices that producers can implement to ensure proper biosecurity on farms are easy and inexpensive to maintain.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets' Animal Health Office works collaboratively with the United States Department of Agriculture's Region 1 office and the other New England states to maintain current emergency contact information for Vermont producers and to assist farmers with the implementation of adequate on-farm biosecurity measures. Much of this work focuses on Foot and Mouth Disease preparedness and is carried out under the framework of the New England States Animal Agriculture Security Alliance (NESAASA). Learn more about NESAASA and the New England regional Secure Milk Supply initiative, including the Farm Readiness Surveys that Vermont's commercial dairy farmers are being asked to complete.

Questions pertaining to on-farm biosecurity practices and related emergency preparedness issues should be directed to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets' Animal Health Office (802) 828-2421.

Please click on the links to the right for species specific information.

Additional resources

Equine biosecurity recommendations

Poultry biosecurity recommendations

Swine biosecurity recommendations

USDA poultry biosecurity recommendations

University of Vermont Extension Healthy Farms-Healthy Agriculture

Biosecurity and emergency preparedness recommendations from the Iowa State Center for Food Security and Public Health

All hazards emergency preparedness recommendations and tools

USDA Decontamination Recources "Train to Contain"