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Governments Invest In Improved Biosecurity

Awareness Program Will Help Reduce Risk Of Disease, Pests and Pathogens On Farms

Ontario farms will have more help to remain healthy and competitive thanks to the Governments of Canada and Ontario's investment in the implementation of national biosecurity standards.

The Agricultural Biosecurity Program will receive more than $3 million to help the industry build awareness among producers about the benefits of implementing biosecurity measures on their farms.  This may include training, studies and applied pilot projects.

Improved biosecurity can help reduce the risk of disease, pests and pathogens that can financially impact producers and the industry as a whole.

Quick Facts

  • Canada and Ontario will fund the Agricultural Biosecurity Program for Ontario's livestock and plant sector associations through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative to support the development of a profitable, innovative agriculture sector that is adept at managing risk and responsive to market demands.
  • The program will be delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

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“Farmers have a long-standing history of using preventive measures as a means of keeping animals healthy on Canadian farms. This program will help farmers stay on the cutting edge of good biosecurity practices - ensuring the health of their animals, sustainability of their farm business and strength of the industry as a whole.”

Dave Van Kesteren

Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Essex, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

“Improved biosecurity measures protect herd and plant health and promote the economic viability of the farm and the agri-food sector. Taking precautions to prevent disease from coming onto farms is one of the best investments producers can make.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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