The 2014-2015 HPAI outbreaks in the U.S. Midwest have re-emphasized an urgent need to develop, enhance, and disseminate practical, credible, science-based information on avian influenza prevention and preparedness, particularly biosecurity measures that specifically target the potential modes of spread or routes of transmission of HPAI virus. In order to be effective, biosecurity guidelines must be simple, easy to understand, readily accessible, and written in various languages spoken by poultry growers and workers. These educational efforts must be complemented by methods to ensure compliance with biosecurity measures on the farm and other points in the live production chain where AI virus can gain entry into poultry flocks. The key component of a USDA-NIFA Special Needs project at the University of Maryland Extension was the production and distribution of short, high-impact biosecurity videos for commercial poultry growers, technical service personnel, and backyard flock owners. Highlights of these videos will be presented along with impacts of an educational program that was developed to teach farmers, allied businesses and extension agents the important aspects of protecting their farms and farmers.
|Conference||2017 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference|
|Presentation Type||30-Minute Concurrent|