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  • Memories fade, but lessons linger

    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    This year marks the 15th anniversary of both the 9-11 attacks in the United States and the horrific outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom. One was an act of terrorism; one was a terrifying […]
    Posted May 25, 2016.
  • FMD: What’s in a name?

    FMD:  What’s in a name?
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    Say “foot-and-mouth disease” really fast.  (Foot-and-mouth disease.)  Did you blur the “and” into an “in”?  Every comedian wannabe is having a hay day with this one.  As my father-in-law says, you don’t need to […]
    Posted May 15, 2013.
  • NIAA Foot-and-Mouth Disease Symposium

    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    Fostering a New Preparedness Paradigm: Facilitating a Conversation Among Public and Private Sector Stakeholders Thinking about a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak is not really high on farmers’ lists of […]
    Posted March 15, 2013.
  • Worldwide Effort Focuses on Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD)

    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    After the announcement of the eradication of rinderpest in 2011 there was some buzz that foot-and-mouth disease might be next in the quest to rid the world of devastating animal diseases. In conjunction with the <a […]
    Posted November 23, 2012.
  • Johne's Disease: Why Worry? Find Out Now!

    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    Nearly 100 years ago, Johne’s disease was labeled a menace of cattle. Now that it has spread far and wide, farmers are taking notice. Is your farm up to the challenge? What does it take to stop this profit-robber […]
    Posted October 25, 2012.
  • Milk Truck Cleaning and Disinfection Drill in Orwell, VT

    Addison County Milk Truck Decontamination Drill - photo by Louis Bedor III
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    Orwell, VT – On Saturday, March 31st, UVM Extension, the Addison County Decontamination Team, Orwell Fire Department and Orwell Rescue participated in an on-farm milk truck cleaning and disinfection drill. The drill allowed local responders to meet their training goals while simultaneously meeting goals of a biosecurity project led by Julie Smith, University of Vermont […]
    Posted April 11, 2012.
  • Time for an Insurance Check Up

    Time for an Insurance Check Up
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    Think your insurance carrier covers foot-and-mouth disease? Think again! When is the last time you reviewed your farm insurance coverage really closely? Reading your policy at bedtime may take care of insomnia, but will it ensure your policy meets your needs? I recently sat down with a farm insurance carrier in Vermont, which does not […]
    Posted December 15, 2011.
  • Your Role in Preparation? Being Part of the Conversation

    Your Role in Preparation? Being Part of the Conversation
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    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 […]
    Posted October 17, 2011.
  • Time to Remember; Time to Prepare

    Time to Remember; Time to Prepare
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    As the US marks the 10 th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this month, those in animal health circles are also marking the 10 th anniversary of the 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom. The disease was first confirmed on February 20 and a stop movement order was put in place on the 23rd. […]
    Posted September 12, 2011.
  • Why worry about FMD here in Vermont?

    Why worry about FMD here in Vermont?
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    Those of us working to build preparedness among farmers and farm communities to withstand a highly contagious animal disease disaster like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) often get questions along the lines of these: “Don’t the veterinarians already have a plan in place to deal with such an outbreak?” “Doesn’t the state Agency of Agriculture and Vermont Emergency Management have […]
    Posted September 12, 2011.
  • Texting O K

    Texting O K
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    What should you do if you want to know your family is safe after a weather, terror, or other emergency event?  Text first.  Talk second.  The Safe America Foundation has launched a “text first/talk second” campaign coinciding with the anniversary 9/11.  Think about it.  Texting “I M O K” takes less than 2 seconds and uses a […]
    Posted August 23, 2011.
  • ReadyAG

    ReadyAG
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    ReadyAG is multi-state collaborative project has utilized the expertise of Cooperative Extension professionals from multiple land grant universities in development of a set of disaster planning and continuity of operations worksheets for each of the major agriculture commodities. There are things—big and little—on a dairy farm that can lead to disruptions, interruptions, or catastrophes. Are […]
    Posted August 12, 2011.
  • NACAA Update on NBAF

    NACAA Update on NBAF
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    I attended the Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (that’s NACAA AM/PIC, for short) in Overland Park, KS, in August. Fortunately the temps did not soar into the 100s during our visit. The conference offered many opportunities for participants to get tips on programs or programming strategies and […]
    Posted August 12, 2011.
  • USDA APHIS Proposed Animal Disease Traceability Rule

    USDA APHIS Proposed Animal Disease Traceability Rule
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a proposed rule on August 11 to establish general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate if an animal disease event takes place. Under the proposed rule, livestock moving interstate would have to be officially identified, unless specifically exempted. The […]
    Posted August 11, 2011.
  • Across the Fence episode: Preparing Our Communities for an Agricultural Emergency

    Across the Fence episode: Preparing Our Communities for an Agricultural Emergency
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    On August 9, 2011  UVM Extension Family & Youth Development Specialist Dr. Ellen Rowe and I appeared on WCAX’s daily program Across the Fence to promote our AFRI Biosecurity project’s upcoming Public Policy Forum on September 14, 2011 at the American Legion in Vergennes, VT from 11:30 am to 2 pm. A big thank you goes out to […]
    Posted August 11, 2011.
  • Is there an alternative to burial and burning?

    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    Yes. Anyone who has looked at pictures from the UK, Japan, or South Korea during their confrontations with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the past decade has probably asked themselves whether “we” would be better prepared or more effective in our response if FMD were found in the US.  I have been following several developments that […]
    Posted June 07, 2011.
  • Bury our way out of foot-and-mouth disease? Think again.

    Bury our way out of foot-and-mouth disease?  Think again.
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    To illustrate the importance of considering alternatives to burial as a carcass management option, Lori Miller of USDA APHIS, has made it easy to visualize some mind boggling statistics.  Policy-makers and those qualified as incident commanders would do well to take these to heart.  I have converted the figures to Vermont equivalents aside from the starting […]
    Posted June 07, 2011.
  • Recent foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks deserve a closer look

    Recent foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks deserve a closer look
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    Taiwan 1997 Taiwan was free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) from 1929 until 1997.  An outbreak in 1997 spread rapidly among swine herds resulting in the destruction of 3.8 million pigs and loss of export markets.  Taiwan now produces 6 million pigs per year, about half as many as it did in the mid-1990s.  Vaccination was used […]
    Posted June 06, 2011.
  • Important Lessons from 2011 Dairy Industry Crisis Drills

    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    In May I attended the first of three 2011 Dairy Industry Crisis Drills in which the featured scenario involves foot-and-mouth disease.  These drills were coordinated by Dairy Management Inc. ( DMI), which manages the dairy check off program.  You may be familiar with the “Got Milk?” and “Fuel Up to Play 60” milk promotion campaigns sponsored […]
    Posted June 02, 2011.
  • Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Planning (S-CAP) Workshop

    Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Planning (S-CAP) Workshop
    jmsmith on Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog
    On May 13 & 14, 2011, UVM Extension held a Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Planning (S-CAP) workshop in Rutland, VT to address agricultural gaps in Vermont’s local and state emergency operations plans.  The S-CAP program is sponsored by the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) with funding from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and Smith-Lever funds.  The S-CAP […]
    Posted May 17, 2011.