Producer Guide to the National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Grains and Oilseeds Industry - A Guide for Implementing Proactive Biosecurity into Farm Management
The Purpose of this Producer Guide

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Biosecurity refers to a series of management practices designed to prevent, minimize and control the introduction, spread and release of plant pests, which include insects, nematodes, weeds, molluscs, bacteria, fungi and viruses (hereafter referred to as pests).

Given the economic significance of the grains and oilseeds industry, biosecurity measures are needed to protect against the introduction and spread of pests. They are very relevant not only to the grains and oilseeds industry, but will indirectly have an impact on other sectors of the economy, such as tourism and the service sector.

This Producer Guide is designed to help farmers assess the relative biosecurity risk to their farm and provide information on the current best management practices available to minimize those risks. This Guide is intended to provide support for the creation of a farm-specific biosecurity plan. It is a "how to" guide for the implementation of the National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Grains and Oilseeds Industry. See Appendix A for more background to biosecurity in the grains and oilseeds industry. Appendix B provides a Glossary of Terms used throughout this Guide.

The Standard identifies a series of desired outcomes in the pursuit of minimizing biosecurity risks for each farm and the broader agricultural community. It is a separate document, and should be studied and reviewed prior to using this Guide.

The Producer Guide is a "living" document and will be updated as new science is available, technology evolves, and new biosecurity risks are identified, introduced, understood and recognized. Requests for additional information and updates pertaining to the Standard and Guide documents should be directed to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Four steps in developing and implementing your biosecurity management plan are as follows:

  1. Read and understand the Standard.
  2. Complete the Self-Assessment.
  3. Develop your farm's Biosecurity Management Plan. Use this Producer Guide as a reference.
  4. Implement and monitor your Plan.
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