National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Sectors
Preface – How to Use this Document

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The standard is a national biosecurity principles reference document to support the development and implementation of best management practices in a place of production.

As this standard applies to the greenhouse, nursery and floriculture sectors not all strategies may be available or applicable for each place of production. To develop an effective biosecurity plan the specific pests of concern for a commodity and place of production must be identified and the pathways of transmission must be analyzed.

A glossary of terms is included in the standard. The terms in the standard that are defined in the glossary appear underlined the first time they are used in the standard.

The "Target Outcomes" are goals that all producers in the greenhouse, nursery and floriculture sectors should try to implement to protect their place of production from the introduction and spread of pests.

The "Benefits" sections provide the reader with details regarding why a specific target outcome is important to on-farm biosecurity.

The "Considerations" sections provide examples, guidance and suggestions for reaching the Target Outcomes (the goal). The intent is not to prescribe but rather to provide guidance. These are not necessarily all-inclusive but are accepted as best management practices for the GNF sectors. They are based on an understanding of risk pathways, supporting science and time proven farm-level management practices. These are designed to be attainable and realistic.

A producer guide has been developed for each sector identified in this standard. The producer guides provide more detailed, sector specific best management practices and other options to be considered to achieve the risk mitigation goal identified in the standard. These reference documents should be used with consideration for other commodity specific references that may be available from provincial and trade associations.

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