Biosecurity Workshops & Webinars
UPDATE: Starting Fall 2021, in-person Biosecurity Workshops will resume, respecting all COVID-19 recommendations from Public Health. As of September 22, 2021, everyone who attends an in-person workshop will be required to show identification with their name and date of birth and proof that they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to attending the workshop. Upon registering, health and safety practices will be confirmed by email. All participants will be required to wear a mask and registration numbers may be limited to support physical distancing. Availability may be limited. Biosecurity Webinars will continue to be available.
The Biosecurity Workshops and Webinars are a good place to start addressing your on-farm biosecurity program. These are commodity-specific opportunities and are offered as a one-day, in-person Workshop or as two 2-hour Webinars*. Content is the same in both the workshop or the webinar, making it easier for participants to choose the learning opportunity that best suits their needs. During the workshop or webinar, a technical expert, such as a veterinarian or certified crop advisor, will show you the benefits of having an on-farm biosecurity program, and identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity measures on-farm.
* For webinars, participation in BOTH sessions is required and you must have a reliable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer to participate.
Workshops & Webinars are offered for:
- Generic Livestock (for beef, dairy, sheep, and goat producers)
- Generic Field Crops (includes horticulture and floriculture)
OSCIA currently does not offer pork biosecurity workshops. Pork producers interested in biosecurity information and resources should contact Ontario Pork (ontariopork.on.ca).
The Workshop or Webinars are open to new and established producers. Farm families and management teams are encouraged to attend together. Taking a Workshop or Webinar is a first step in creating a biosecurity plan for your operation and identifying gaps in your current practices that could be putting your farm at risk from pests and/or disease.
After attending, you may wish to follow up with your local veterinarian, certified crop advisor or the Ontario Beekeepers Technical Transfer Team to assist you in creating a dynamic and complete biosecurity plan for your farm.
For those who currently have a copy of the Ontario Livestock and Poultry Council’s On-Farm Biosecurity Information Guide, we recommend you bring this resource with you to the workshop or have it handy during the webinar. This manual provides templates for creating a biosecurity plan and may be useful in identifying questions during the workshop or webinar. Limited copies will be available at in-person Workshops, copies can be requested and will be mailed out to you after a the webinar series, or you can refer to the Ontario Livestock and Poultry Council website to download a copy.
Upcoming Biosecurity Workshops
If you do not see a workshop in your area, please contact a workshop leader to discuss opportunities.
Workshop registration is now completed through the Client Portal at www.ontarioprograms.net. You may access the site as a New Client and register for a workshop. You do not have to apply for cost-share, but if you have already enrolled for cost-share on the portal, you can use your current login to access registration for workshops. If you have questions about workshop registration, please contact the workshop leader in your area.
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