The AFRI biosecurity project held its first Public Issue Forum in Vergennes on September 14. The goals of the forum were to provide background on the impact a highly contagious animal disease emergency (for instance, foot-and-mouth disease) could have on Vermont communities, present several aspects of response preparation, and foster dialogue among various stakeholders. Andrea Suozzo reported on the forum in the Addison County Independent [http://www.addisonindependent.com/201109dairy-forum-deals-infectious-disease].
When asked “What else, if anything, about this issue still needs to be addressed?”, the attendees told us “. . . we only just started!” “Continue to work with communities on these ‘discussions’”.
To that end we have scheduled a second forum on November 15. Details can be found in the sidebar. Hope to see you there!