Biosecurity Workshops & Webinars

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About Biosecurity Workshops & Webinars

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 and 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, help you to identify key practices to enhance biosecurity measures on-farm and you will have the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable OSCIA staff about cost-share opportunities and network with fellow farmers.

* For webinars, participation in BOTH sessions is required and you must have a reliable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer to participate. 

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. 

Workshop Registration

Workshops & Webinars are offered as commodity-specific workshops. The workshops and webinars each have a different focus and different goals. Click on the links below to find out details of each workshop.

Workshops & Webinars are offered for:

Bees

For beekeepers, an expert from the Ontario Beekeepers Association Technical Transfer Program will show you the benefits of having a biosecurity program and identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity for your hives. 

Crops and Horticulture

For field crops, horticulture and floriculture producers, a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) will show you the benefits of having a biosecurity program and identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity for your farm.

Livestock

For beef, sheep, goat and dairy producers, a Veterinarian will show you the benefits of having a biosecurity program, identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity for your farm and mitigate risks of pests and disease.

Poultry

For poultry producers, a Veterinarian will show you the benefits of having a biosecurity program, identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity for your farm and mitigate risks from avian diseases such avian influenza.

Mink

For mink producers, a Veterinarian will show you the benefits of having a biosecurity program and identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity for your farm.

An expert from the Ontario Beekeepers Association Tech Transfer Team will show you the benefits of having a biosecurity program and identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity for your hives. You will have the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable OSCIA staff about cost-share opportunities and network with fellow beekeepers. For webinars, participation in BOTH sessions is required and you must have a reliable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer to participate (no smartphones).

Crops and Horticulture

For field crops and horticulture producers. A Certified Crop Advisor will show you the benefits of having a biosecurity program and identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity for your farm. You will have the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable OSCIA staff about cost-share opportunities and network with fellow farmers. For webinars, participation in BOTH sessions is required and you must have a reliable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer to participate (no smartphones).

Dairy

For dairy producers. A Veterinarian will show you the benefits of having a biosecurity program and identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity for your farm. You will also have the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable OSCIA staff about cost-share opportunities and networ with fellow farmers. For webinars, participation in BOTH sessions is required and you must have a reliable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer to participate (no smartphones).

Poultry

For poultry producers. A Veterinarian will show you the benefits of having a biosecurity program and identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity for your farm. You will have the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable OSCIA staff about cost-share opportunities and network with fellow farmers. For webinars, participation in BOTH sessions is required and you must have a reliable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer to participate (no smartphones).

Mink

For mink producers. A Veterinarian will show you the benefits of having a biosecurity program and identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity for your farm. You will have the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable OSCIA staff about cost-share opportunities and network with fellow farmers. For webinars, participation in BOTH sessions is required and you must have a reliable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer to participate (no smartphones).

Livestock

For beef, sheep, goat and dairy producers. A Veterinarian will show you the benefits of having a biosecurity program and identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity for your farm. You will have the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable OSCIA staff about cost-share opportunities and network with fellow farmers. For webinars, participation in BOTH sessions is required and you must have a reliable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer to participate (no smartphones).

OSCIA currently does not offer pork biosecurity workshops. Pork producers interested in biosecurity information and resources should contact Ontario Pork (ontariopork.on.ca).

On-Farm Biosecurity Information Guide

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 the webinar series, or you can refer to the Ontario Livestock and Poultry Council  website to download a copy. 

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