Outreach Programs

Animal Health Network

The Animal Health Network is a communication conduit for the State Veterinarian and other officials to get vital animal disease alerts to non-commercial livestock and poultry owners. This state-adaptable, local network concept uses local feed retailers and county Extension educators to channel information to “backyard farmers” who might otherwise not receive the alerts. Commercial producers receive important alerts through professional associations, but local non-commercial livestock and poultry owners often are not reached. In fact, reaching these small non-commercial operators can be difficult – especially the ones who do not wish to be known. The network is not a news release system; instead it is a way to use the already established Extension system to deliver critical messages from the State Veterinarian in times of crisis. That way small operators will learn what the crisis is and what to do in order to protect their animals. Learn more.

Emergency Response Plans

At the initiation of this project, there existed no overarching, uniform process for the development of emergency operations plans addressing the defense of food and agriculture at the state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) government levels. Most SLTT’s had previously addressed preparedness issues on their own and, although their planning process and resultant plans may have been appropriate for their individual location or entity, there existed no common plan, process, or terminology between plans. The development and adoption of the common planning process for SLTT’s for food and agriculture as a result of Phases One and Two of this project, known as the Livestock Emergency Response Plan (LERP) toolkit, provides for an integrated, coordinated, and synchronized process for livestock disease emergency operations planning and response. Learn more.