National Farm-level Biosecurity Standards

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 In 2012, 2015 and then in 2016, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and relevant sector organizations, released several National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standards, including one for the Potato Sector, the Fruit and Tree Nut Sectors and the Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Sectors. Biosecurity Guides for each of the sectors were also released.

The biosecurity guides, in combination with the Standards, assist producers by:

  • Raising awareness of biosecurity risks in the sector and the measures that can help reduce the risk of pest introduction and spread
  • Promoting a consistent approach across the country for mitigating the risks with clear guidelines for effective biosecurity
  • Providing a nationally consistent approach to develop and implement biosecurity plans at the farm level
  • Providing guidelines for biosecurity, including prevention and integrated pest management
  • Enhancing industry's knowledge of the risks associated with pests and diseases
  • Helping to identify potential gaps in current biosecurity measures
The Standards and producer biosecurity guides are voluntary and can be adopted in their entirety or can supplement existing on-farm biosecurity programs.

National Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for Potato Growers National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Fruit and Tree Nut Industries National Voluntary Farm-level Biosecurity Standard for the Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Sectors A food-for-thought story
An experienced farmer was intimately familiar with his farm. He always walked around it the same way every time. He knew every nook and cranny, bump and hillock on the place. When he pictured it in his mind, he could see all of it clearly. He knew every procedure and practice that he’d ever used and was convinced of their effectiveness and efficiency.

On day, a friend asked him if there were any flaws in his farm. He replied “No, of course not.”
The friend suggested that he might find some value in occasionally walking around the farm by a different path.
Because he respected the friend, he gave it a try and discovered that coming at things from a different angle revealed new insights into his farm. Based on those insights, he was able to make slight adjustments and improvements.
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This information published to the web on November 28, 2018.