Completed Project Report


Biosecurity Education for Organic and Pastured Poultry Producers

  • Award Amount: $46,581
  • Regional Center: Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2017 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Kevin Ellis
  • Email: kevine@ncat.org
  • Organization: National Center for Appropriate Technology

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Project Overview

This project addressed the inherent risks of disease transmission in alternative poultry systems by expanding producer knowledge of biosecurity measures. The National Center for Appropriate Technology has provided training on biosecurity planning and implementation during the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference, the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association annual conference, the Dallas Urban Chicken Conference, and a workshop at HOPE for Small Farm Sustainability. NCAT specialist, Kevin Ellis discussed biosecurity with participants at these workshops and provided technical assistance. NCAT hosted an online webinar of the presentation that has been archived for "on-demand" viewing on the ATTRA YouTube page. NCAT produced six videos addressing this topic by using examples from currently operating pastured poultry farms. The videos detailed practical measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of on-farm disease outbreak and provided stories of farmer experiences with poultry health. The series is available through the NCAT YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/NCATATTRA) for "on-demand" viewing. Additionally, a publication entitled "Biosecurity Basics for Pastured Poultry" was published and is available for download through the ATTRA webiste, alongside other, farmer-friendly publications. The publication introduces the concept of biosecurity and provides tips for reducing flock contact with pathogens. 

Number of Participants: 1126

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