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
Outline of a Biosecurity Management Plan for Your Farm

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Farm biosecurity management practices can be organized in the following categories:

  • Input procurement practices
  • Managing equipment movement
  • Variety, field and crop selection (including rotation)
  • Infield monitoring and control practices
  • Managing people access and movement
  • Storage, handling and transport
  • Management plan development, updating and renewal

To assist in developing and documenting your own farm specific biosecurity management plan, a sample template is provided (Example of a Documented Biosecurity Management Plan). The following is a possible entry into that plan:

possible entry
Potential Condition or Vector (where your farm has specific risks) Plans and Procedures (What you will do to manage those risks)
Equipment Entry and Access (specifically regarding transmission of soil borne diseases) Insist on inspections (for soil and plant material) of any purchased or rented equipment, by farm management before entry to the farm.

The pests mentioned throughout this Guide are examples only, and are not intended to be a comprehensive list of all pests (see examples of pests in Appendix E).

This Guide continues with suggested tools for each of the categories of management practices. The following information is provided within each of these categories:

  • The Standard's Target Outcomes that each category of farm management practices addresses
  • Examples of biosecurity risks and/or considerations for building your own biosecurity plan
  • Questions to ask, and concepts to consider, in determining your farm's needs and requirements
  • A range of potential measures to consider (from a basic level of plans to a moderate level to a highly active or advanced response)

References to samples of other tools or information to consider are listed in Appendix D. Industry and government web-sites provide linkages to these specific, more detailed articles and management considerations; any current cited articles may be replaced with more recent research and management considerations within the industry or government web-site at any time. While any future updates to this Guide will attempt to cite current relevant references, it is the farmer's responsibility to seek any specific information desired. Further, your farm specific biosecurity management plan should always consider relevant laws or regulations at all levels of government.

In the sections to follow, the target outcomes as presented in the National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Grains and Oilseeds Industry provide the framework for more specific guidelines and measures for developing an individualized plan for your farm.
The tables provide mitigation strategies that should be considered to minimize your risk. Options range from:

  • basic: potential for exposure to pests, and/or the consequence is low; to,
  • moderate: potential for exposure to pests, and/or consequence is moderate; to,
  • advanced: potential for exposure to pests, and/or consequence is high.

Corresponding suggested risk mitigation strategies increase in rigour along this continuum of level of exposure. It is recommended that your management plan include the basic options provided for each category and, based on the level of risk to the farm, the moderate and advanced options be added to the plan.

Input Procurement Practices

Addressing Target Outcome 1.1

Target Outcome 1.1: Crop inputs are sourced and managed to minimize or eliminate biosecurity risks.

Building your own biosecurity management plan

Application of crop inputs may directly introduce pests to a field. Depending on the placement and distribution of the inputs, even very low incidence of a pest introduction can create an immediate and long lasting issue.

The inputs of greatest concern would be:

  • Seed (disease and/or weed seeds)
    • Seed diseases like fusarium or ascochyta are examples of important seed input concerns.
    • Weed seeds like cleavers can cause considerable problems when commingled with canola seed, even when at or below certified seed tolerance levels.
    • Soil present with or on seed may also be a concern for diseases such as clubroot.
    • Herbicide-resistant weeds, such as glyphosate tolerant giant ragweed and group one resistant wild oats, which can no longer be controlled by the herbicide.
  • Fertilizer (weed seeds)
    • A variety of potential weed seeds and/or volunteer crop seeds can end up in fertilizer shipments if the transportation and handling system is not completely clean.
  • Manure (disease and/or weed seeds)
    • Weed problems like velvet leaf can be transferred through feed from unknown origins, fed to animals and transferred within incompletely composted or non-composted manure.

Determine Your Needs

Do you purchase inputs from anyone other than licensed or certified dealers?

Do you verify if the inputs you are purchasing or using (e.g. farm saved seed, fertilizer) are adequately pure and pest free?

Does your supplier conduct appropriate testing and/or have you done so independently?

Do you source seed that might substantially increase your biosecurity risk?

Examples of risk mitigation procedures to consider include:

Input Procurement Practices - Seed
Intensity Risk mitigation procedures and management considerations
Basic Use certified seed and/or test farm-saved seed to ensure it meets all equivalent purity and pest standards.
Ensure (for example, inspect trucks) in your own seed handling (or custom trucking) that no impurities are commingled.
Use seed treatments to suppress disease and/or insects, dependant on crop and pest profile.
Moderate Determine regions where you should not source seed and check all seed sources for the area of origin before purchasing. Generally, it is expected that local seed is less likely to have new pest issues that you do not already have, but that may not always be the case. Regions that are at higher risk may not be easy to determine. Vigilance is required.
Advanced Consider testing seed to specific disease and/or purity standards beyond those of certified seed. There may be a limited number of seed testing labs able to test for specific diseases. Ask your lab about their testing procedures and what samples are required. Seek the advice of your agronomist or production advisor on what tests are required, and the interpretation of results.
Input Procurement Practices - Fertilizer
Intensity Risk mitigation procedures and management considerations
Basic Monitor your own trucks and/or custom truckers for adequate cleanout of previous loads. Identify where the cleanout should take place and what to do with the cleanout material. Truck inspections are important. Stay in touch with your local farm organization as further guidelines are developed.
Moderate Confirm with agricultural suppliers what precautions they take to ensure fertilizer purity and exclude suppliers that are unable to meet your requirements. For example, some crop input locations may (at times) blend canola seed with fertilizer in the fertilizer blender for floater application. Be aware of when this is occurring and what biosecurity risk it presents. Know your trucker and the care that they are prepared to take on your behalf. Make sure truckers are aware of your expectations. See potential contractual considerations in Appendix C.
Advanced Inspect and/or sample fertilizer loads for impurities like weed/crop seeds and reject or redirect a load if necessary. The specific impurity found may be more manageable for certain crops or on certain areas of the farm. Adjust accordingly (for example, a few rogue wheat seeds in a field being planted with canola are far less of a problem than herbicide tolerant canola in a soybean field).
Input Procurement Practices - Manure, sludge and bio-waste
Intensity Risk mitigation procedures and management considerations
Basic Understand product origin and content. In the case of manure, origin should include where the feed source came from. Some suppliers of manure may have used feed from their own farms while others may have no idea of the origin of the feed source. For example, the introduction of weeds like velvet leaf through manure can have very long term implications.
Moderate Do independent testing of content characteristics like nutrients, heavy metals and weed species. Ask your lab about their testing procedures and what samples are required. Testing for everything is not likely required. Seek expert advice.
Advanced Consider only composted (biodigested) material to mitigate the risk, such as weed seeds. There is very limited availability of composted material and testing may be required to ensure adequate digestion/composting has occurred.

Managing Equipment Movement

Addressing Target Outcomes 1.2, 1.3, 2.2

Target Outcome 1.2: Minimize or eliminate the biosecurity risks introduced with farm equipment access to the farm.

Target Outcome 1.3: Minimize or eliminate the biosecurity risks introduced by the access of non-agricultural equipment to the farm.

Target Outcome 2.2: Minimize or eliminate the movement and multiplication of pests through the movement of farm equipment and people within the farm.

Building your own biosecurity management plan

The movement of equipment onto the farm and within the farm can be considered the primary carrier for some of the most invasive and economically damaging pests.

The movement of equipment is particularly important because it creates the potential for four different kinds of pest movement through soil and/or plant material.

  • Soil borne diseases/pathogens: For example, clubroot, soybean cyst nematode, and stem and bulb nematode.
  • Disease associated with plant material: For example, diseases like blackleg, anthracnose, and fusarium. In some cases, the pathogen can be carried on equipment without plant material or soil (particularly in high moisture conditions) and pose a biosecurity risk.
  • Weed seeds: Examples of these risks currently include cleavers, group one resistant wild oats, and glyphosate resistant giant ragweed. The movement of weed seeds on harvest equipment is of particular concern.
  • Insects: Examples include cereal leaf beetle, wireworm, and swede midge.

Determine Your Needs

Do you purchase, rent or contract custom equipment? And/or is there non-agricultural equipment entering your farm? If so:

Might it have traveled from a region that has pests not yet introduced to your farm? Are there pests that are recognized as particularly damaging?

Is there assurance that equipment is cleaned after its last use, before it arrives at your farm?

Are there areas within your own farm that have pests not yet introduced to other parts of your farm? Are these pests recognized as particularly damaging?

Do you grow, do you plan to grow, or might some future owner or renter plan to grow crops that are particularly vulnerable to some of the pests of greatest concern?

Based on your own assessment of the potential for the introduction of a biosecurity risk, choose a suitable risk mitigation strategy that you would like to be followed on your farm in order to adequately address those risks. Examples of protocol to consider on your farm include:

Equipment Access to your Farm
Intensity Risk mitigation procedures and management considerations
Basic Inspect all purchased or contracted equipment before arrival at the farm for excess soil, plant material or weed seeds to ensure compliance with your requirements. Inspections can be done by farm staff or a third party. As much as possible, inspections and cleaning should be done at the point of last use.
Ensure that non-agricultural equipment requesting access to your property is inspected and cleaned.
For long distance purchases, verify "clean enough" using digital photos.
Special consideration should be given to trucks hauling grain from your farm. Question whether the trucks have been adequately cleaned out before they arrive empty at your farm. If there is something left in it, a plan is required. (For example: Is it better to clean the truck on-site or is it better to leave the material left in the truck knowing that, depending on the clean-out material, the grain elevator is in a better position to deal with the material as dockage? Do not encourage truckers to clean out on the road a mile before arriving at the farm. Consider a specified area for cleanout on your farm.) Stay in touch with your local farm organization as further guidelines are developed.
Moderate Identify the history of where the equipment, including non-agricultural equipment, has been located, when practical.
Clean equipment to remove soil and plant material either off-site, or in a specified and contained catchment area on your farm, with access to washing capability and appropriate drainage.
Consider methods for reducing the potential for mud retention and further movement.
Advanced Deny access and/or do not purchase/rent/custom contract equipment (agricultural or non-agricultural) from any supplier that does not have a verifiable protocol for cleaning equipment to your required standard (Potential Contract Considerations). Although it is unlikely you will ever eliminate all risk, it is clear in the case of soybean cyst nematode or clubroot that the level of risk drops rapidly with any additional cleaning effort.
Your cleaning requirements can be built into all farmer/supplier/access agreements.
Equipment Cleaning – Own Equipment
Intensity Risk mitigation procedures and management considerations
Basic Remove soil or plant material accumulations on equipment before moving from any field. The first level of cleaning effort makes the biggest difference.
A hammer on a shank or the sweeping off of the header on a combine can dramatically reduce the probability of spreading a pest. Consider using a mobile pressure washer in cleaning at the field. For combines, air compressors can be installed, or gas powered leaf blowers can be used for clean-offs. Cleaning off the combine may be considered more critical than cleaning out the combine.
Moderate Consider a designated area within the yard for more thorough cleaning by pressure washer. Consider a specified catchment and contained area on your farm with access to washing capability and drainage.
Consider reducing the potential for mud retention and further movement. Prevent transmission from the wash area.
The wash water needs to be adequately isolated and/or decontaminated (cleaned/disinfected).
Advanced Under some circumstances equipment may require disinfectant. It is believed that this additional step of disinfection may be particularly effective for clubroot, soybean cyst nematode and/or other pathogens.
A standard disinfectant, at a suggested rate (1 to 2% solution of bleach [hypochlorite]), can be used. Check with suppliers and/or manufacturers of washers for effective alternatives. The majority of soil material must be removed off of the machine for the disinfectant to be effective.
Note – do not confuse bleach solution with an ammonia solution often used for a sprayer tank clean out, and never combine the two.
Equipment Travel Patterns
Intensity Risk mitigation procedures and management considerations
Basic Complete field operations on clean areas first before traveling into areas with known or potential spreadable pests to minimize the probability of transfer and the number of cleanings required.
Although the sequencing of events may not always work out, some advance planning back to planned seeding dates could prove beneficial and save considerable time and effort in cleaning.
Moderate Isolate and limit exposure to suspected pest-infested areas. If farming with multiple pieces of equipment, assign only one machine to the infested areas in order to minimize the exposure and the number of intensive cleanings required. Log equipment usage.
Advanced Alternatively crop or plant grass on known pest infested areas. Construct a new field access to avoid high traffic. This technique is being used in clubroot areas where infested areas are known to be near field exits.

Variety, Field and Crop Selection (including Rotation)

Addressing Target Outcome 2.1

Target Outcome 2.1: Crop selection and field susceptibility to a specific crop or variety are to be managed to reduce the propagation and transmission of pests.

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The susceptibility of a field to a number of pest problems can increase dramatically depending on the sequence of crops grown and/or the varieties selected.

For many plant diseases there can be a low base level of infection that may only do minimal damage unless allowed to flourish in an ideal environment. Crop sequence, short rotations and/or the use of susceptible varieties can effectively provide that ideal environment. For example, the further distribution of blackleg and clubroot in canola are considered highly connected with rotation and the use of susceptible varieties.

In some circumstances, crops act as host or multiplier for a pathogen. For example, a corn crop followed by a wheat crop may substantially increase the potential for fusarium in the wheat crop, even if the preceding corn crop showed relatively little infection.

In some cases, a combination of resistant and susceptible varieties, i.e. refuge varieties, is used for long term pest resistance management. The inclusion of a small amount of the susceptible variety (refuge) dramatically reduces that selection pressure for the development of resistant pests.

In terms of weed management, varying crop patterns and varying chemistries of crop protection products reduces the likelihood of developing weeds that become resistant to a specific chemistry group. The loss of the use of any one crop protection chemistry immediately puts more pressure on the use of other chemistries (groups of chemicals), and consequently increases the likelihood of another resistance developing. For example, resistance to group one and group three herbicides in green foxtail and wild oats are existing risk conditions.

The relationship between crop prices and cropping choice can create very real conflict and challenging management decisions, resulting in ignoring or disregarding what are considered to be agronomic best practices. It is understood that economic opportunity is a key driver in decision making. It is also understood that it is easier to calculate and consider the economic benefit of a high value crop in this year's budget than it is to assess the potential cost of a major pest introduction for your farm and/or the region for multiple future years.

It is difficult to assess in any one year how much additional risk is taken by shortening a rotation. It is also very difficult to assess the risk borne by other farms in the area by one single farm being the entry point to the region of a new disease, or a new race of an existing disease, as a result of taking those risks.

Determine Your Needs

Do you generally follow best management rotation practices?

Do you grow crops that are recognized as potentially vulnerable to rotational risk?

Do you look for and select varieties that demonstrate the highest available levels of resistance or tolerance of disease?

Do your cropping patterns take into account the rotation of pesticide grouping and rotation?

Within each of the following areas, you should assess the potential for the introduction of a biosecurity risk and choose a risk mitigation strategy accordingly. Develop your own protocol using the following suggested guidelines:

Variety, Field and Crop Selection (including Rotation)
Intensity Risk mitigation procedures and management considerations
Basic Rotate crops according to agronomic best practices to minimize the development of ideal conditions for the introduction of new pests. Choose best available resistant and/or tolerant varieties.
Rotate between varieties with different primary tolerances if required. Focus variety choice on the highest priority protection issues.
Always follow mandated refuge seed requirements where applicable to minimize the selection pressure for resistant pests.
Rotate herbicide group. Rotating crops does not automatically mean rotating of herbicide groups. Be aware of the need to rotate both.
Rotate fields, based on your knowledge of each field's conditions.
Adjust the sequence of crops to minimize the host effect; for example, canola on soybean stubble (white mold) or wheat on corn stubble (fusarium). If you have shortened the rotation of a certain crop due to especially high expected returns, consider years where the return spread is not so substantial to "get back" in rotation.
Moderate Use multiple modes of action if available; some pesticides are packaged with a combination of modes of action and effectively reduce the likelihood of the development of resistance.
Ensure field selection considers emphasis on field conditions in rotation decisions.
Consider application of pesticides in "spot treatments", for managing specific pest infestations and perimeter control.
Advanced Consider swapping land for a growing season with other producers of alternate and applicable crops to stay in rotation. When producing higher-value specialty crops, you may be able to swap land with other farmers who prefer to specialize in a different crop. There have been some successful examples with potatoes and/or lentils.

Infield Monitoring and Control Practices

Addressing Target Outcome 2.3

Target Outcome 2.3: Minimize or eliminate the spread of pests throughout the farm by timely scouting, monitoring, assessment and decision-making.

Building your own biosecurity management plans

Early detection, containment and management of new pests that have been introduced to the farm are crucial components of biosecurity management. Industry experts familiar with initial outbreak areas for pests confirm that nearly all of the initial problems persisted for some time before detection. Had the original problems been identified and dealt with earlier, the financial consequences for the landowner, the region, and the industry as a whole, could have been significantly reduced.

Determine Your Needs

Does all of your farmland get carefully monitored throughout the growing season for unusual pests?

Are there geo-referenced records to track and identify new occurrences of potential biosecurity issues?

Are you adequately connected to agronomic resources to make rapid and informed control decisions?

Examples of risk mitigation procedures to consider include:

Infield Monitoring and Control Practices
Intensity Risk mitigation procedures and management considerations
Basic Routinely monitor fields for unusual occurrences symptoms and patterns. When detected early, pest infestations are easier to manage and impacts are reduced.
Consult with agronomists and production advisors to determine how to manage new or unknown observations.
Keep notes or maps of important areas for future reference. Photocopies of soil maps, aerial photos, or satellite images may serve as a backdrop to keep important notes and observations.
Be prepared to act quickly with appropriate mechanical or chemical control measures to control and/or contain new pest infestations. The window of opportunity for effective control can be very short and specific.
Control decisions need to make economic sense in both the short run (annual) and the long run (5-10 years).
Moderate Contract out scouting and monitoring to third party service providers capable of providing timely reports and investigating findings. This addresses capacity and efficiency issues if your farm size now makes it nearly impossible to scout and evaluate every acre.
Keep electronic records of areas requiring special consideration. Handheld computers and smart phones now have GPS geo-reference capability. Movement and severity of specific problems can be effectively tracked over time.
Adjust cropping plans to improve control and containment measures. For example, if you suspect you have group one resistance, consider rotating to alternative chemistry in the future. Minimize the selection pressure for the resistant variety.
Adjust field operations (for example, scheduling, tillage practices, spraying coverage) to improve containment (see Managing Equipment Movement).
Undertake analysis of benefits and compare to relevant costs. Consider all acres, not only those currently affected.
Advanced Employ advanced technologies, such as satellite imagery, aerial photos, and yield maps, and monitor for changes in growth activity and yield capability. Digital technologies allow for layering of observations to look for patterns and problems.
If necessary, take critical areas out of annual production (for example, establish grass) to further contain problems that cannot be adequately controlled through other means.
As crop input decisions are made (for example: whether or not to apply pesticides), consider all crop growth dynamics and market outlook conditions in the decision.

Managing People Access and Movement

Addressing Target Outcomes 1.4, 1.5

Target Outcome 1.4: Minimize or eliminate the biosecurity risks introduced by people having access to the farm.

Target Outcome 1.5: Minimize or eliminate the biosecurity risks introduced by farm employees and/or management.

Building your own biosecurity management plan

People and personal vehicles (including ATVs) can travel significant distances and be exposed to a wide range of pests that may not currently be in the destination area. Although it is generally expected that people and personal vehicles may move relatively small amounts of soil, weed seeds or plant pathogens, the possibilities for exposure to pests over a wide area makes the potential for introduction a significant concern. Trades people, and in particular field scouts, by the nature of their business, are potentially exposed to many different biosecurity risks as part of their daily activity. International travelers can bring new pests from great distances. It is important to note that some diseases may be transferred from different species of plants. For example, it is believed that clubroot was originally transferred from other crucifer vegetable crops.

Determine Your Needs

Are there people and personal vehicles traveling on your farm arriving from:

  1. great distances
  2. other farms
  3. zones or areas that have pests that you currently do not have?

If so, are you able to advise these guests and travelers of the potential risk they may bring to your farm before they arrive?

Can you request that guests follow appropriate precautions before entering potentially sensitive areas?

Consider using the following examples for your own farm biosecurity management plan:

Managing People Access and Movement
Intensity Risk mitigation procedures and management considerations
Basic Inform guests of the potential risks they may bring to your farm to enhance their understanding of the need to take precautions. Awareness alone is a powerful tool.
Park guest vehicles in a low-risk area in your yard, and travel throughout the farm in one of your own farm vehicles that is known to be adequately cleaned.
Use gates where appropriate to limit access.
Plan access roads and gates to limit access when designing the layout of a farmyard.
Post signs to discourage unnecessary access ("No Trespassing"; "Food Production Area: Do Not Enter").
Moderate Establish procedures for farm service/trade people and travelers that can be communicated before they arrive (see Communications Plan Outline). For example, for a custom soil sampler, identify what you expect of them, how they should conduct themselves and what they should do with your samples and/or the samples from previous fields.
Ensure that the procedure is crop and/or season specific as required.
Minimize people movement, limit access, and ensure people follow the required protocol to reduce exposure where there is no potential benefit to do otherwise.
Advanced Provide visitors with a clean up zone and/or protective clothing prior to access. If someone does present a risk to your farm and you still have a need to grant them access, then it should be your farm's responsibility to provide adequate equipment, clothing and/or sanitation options to minimize the risk to your satisfaction. For example, you should consider using disposable overalls and booties.
You do not have the responsibility to be a tourist attraction or a demonstration farm. If you do host tourists or crop demonstrations, you need to have protocols in place to limit potential pest introduction.

Storage, Handling and Transport

Addressing Target Outcomes 3.1, 3.2

Target Outcome 3.1: Minimize the establishment and spread of pests by ensuring the inspection and appropriate sanitation of any transport and/or field equipment leaving the farm.

Target Outcome 3.2: Minimize or eliminate the introduction of biosecurity risks to another farm or area due to crop transfer, sale or storage.

Building your own biosecurity management plan

The issues that may be of concern for entering your farm are also concerns for entering other farms. The considerations you request of others, others should be able to expect of you. Any risk or unique problem that you know of or suspect you have should be declared to anyone who may be at risk or who may transfer that risk to others. In most cases, production from the farm will be headed into grain elevators or processors and not back to other farms. In the situation of farm‑to‑farm sales (for example grain for animal feed), the risk of moving or transferring a biosecurity risk to another farm is much higher.

Determine Your Needs

Do you mitigate the establishment of pests in your storage practices?

Does the production from your farm with a known pest problem get commingled with other production through the storage and handling process?

Does grain in storage remain at moisture levels and temperatures required to stay in condition?

Are those receiving grain from you aware of the potential biosecurity risks that you may be passing on to them (particularly if they are unexpected and unique to the area)?

The following are examples for developing your farm management protocol:

Storage Handling and Transport
Intensity Risk mitigation procedures and management considerations
Basic Start with clean bins and keep transport and handling equipment clean between crop movements. Sweep bins thoroughly, let concrete floors fully dry prior to using. Empty hoppers, run augers backward. Remove all spoiled grain.
Ensure grain storage quality through moisture and temperature control using adequate aeration, drying, and/or turning bins as required. Each crop has an ideal moisture and temperature range. Stay within that range.
Monitor bins frequently; probe bins for changes.
In the event that insects and/or molds are found, follow appropriate fumigation, aeration or other management strategies to reduce impact.
Tarp trucks for any road travel.
Declare to grain buyers any pests that could be of concern. If the buyers know of the pest risk, they may be able to handle the product in a way that puts no other farms, or the supply chain, at risk. The next time, it might be you that is being protected.
Moderate Bin grain from pest infested areas separately to isolate the risk.
Keep samples from each bin or lot of production that may have different characteristics.
Fumigate when appropriate and required.
Treat grain with recommended pesticides when appropriate and required.
When using temporary field storage, monitor grain condition and the integrity of the storage facility frequently.
Advanced Document storage use year over year to monitor possible pest propagation.
Purchase temperature-monitoring systems for large bins. The larger the bin, the more cost effective the available technology and tools are for monitoring storage conditions.

Management Plan Development, Updating and Renewal

Addressing Target Outcomes 4.1, 4.2

Target Outcome 4.1: Biosecurity management practices are developed and documented, understood and implemented by all management and staff.

Target Outcome 4.2: Minimize or eliminate the introduction, spread and/or transfer of biosecurity risks through active external communication.

Building your own biosecurity management plan

It is one thing to have plans to manage biosecurity, and yet another to ensure that those plans are implemented. Today's farm is now much more likely to have multiple managers, employees and/or suppliers who must all work together to meet the objectives. There is a need for a comprehensive management plan that is well communicated and well understood in order to achieve the desired outcomes.

Determine Your Needs

How many other members of your management, employee and/or service provider team need to have a complete understanding of the biosecurity plan?

How can you effectively document and communicate that plan to each member of your team?

How will you monitor to ensure that everyone is implementing the plan?

How will you update and improve the plan as new information and new issues arise?

Consider using the following examples of protocol for the development of your own farm biosecurity management plan:

Management Plan Development, Updating and Renewal
Intensity Risk mitigation procedures and management considerations
Basic Develop awareness of the need for biosecurity risk management with yourself and staff.
Document at least one management practice, using a format (Input Procurement Practices) which addresses your primary concern for each category discussed in this Guide.
Identify and document contact information for professional agronomists, and provincial or municipal weed specialists to be contacted and or informed should a potential biosecurity risk be suspected.
Train your staff on the management practices required.
Implement the plan.
Review and update the plan bi-annually, or as any biosecurity risk is identified and addressed.
Moderate Identify and prioritize specific issues facing your farm that introduce biosecurity risk.
Develop and document management practices that will address these risks. Consider including practices that address soil movement, unwanted people access, and the introduction of possible pests when bringing supplies or services onto your farm.
Geo-reference map your farm enterprise; use that map to help guide the movement of supplies, equipment and inventory.
Develop and document a procedure for reporting pests and other biosecurity risks to the appropriate plant health authority and specialist as required. Be aware that there are provincially and federally regulated pests.
Include clauses within supplier or service contracts that specify biosecurity management considerations.
Conduct management and staff meetings at the beginning of each production season to communicate and review biosecurity management protocol.
Review and update the plan annually, or as any biosecurity risk is identified and addressed.
Advanced Consider contracting expert advice in the development of a biosecurity management plan for your farm. This may include agronomic specialists, farm management specialists, and agriculture extension professionals. Discuss and document appropriate biosecurity management procedures for all aspects of your farm enterprise.
Present your biosecurity protocol to all suppliers and visitors arriving at your farm.
Develop a risk zone map for your farm, identifying low to potentially high biosecurity risk areas to enable management plans specific to pest infestations.
Develop and document a procedure for tracking the movement of vehicles and equipment as they are used in or near high risk areas (Equipment Log).
Develop and document a procedure for logging the access and movement of people, particularly in higher-risk areas (People Log).
Review and update the plan seasonally, or as any biosecurity risk is identified and addressed.
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