Biosecurity Training

What is Biosecurity? In the context of animal agriculture, biosecurity is a series of management steps and practices implemented to prevent the introduction of infectious agents into a herd or flock, the spread of these agents through the herd, and out of the herd to other herds or flocks. A biosecurity plan may involve screening and testing incoming animals, some sort of quarantine or isolation procedures for newly purchased or returning animals, and some type of monitoring or evaluation system for early detection of disease. Once an infectious agent is in a herd or flock a similar but slightly different set of management practices are employed to prevent the infectious agent from leaving the farm in animals or products.

Why is Biosecurity Important?
Biosecurity is important for a number of reasons. First, it is an essential aspect of on-farm food safety programs. Keeping food products wholesome and of highest quality is important for the health and well-being of consumers. This helps to ensure consumer demand for product, and therefore ultimately the profitability of animal agriculture enterprises. Secondly, biosecurity should help keep animal healthy and more productive. This benefits the farming community through greater efficiency and profitability, as well as the animals through experiencing less disease. Finally, a vibrant agricultural community is a positive influence on the economy of our state and nation, and an important resource in maintaining a healthy environment.

PennAg and partners have developed a training module to provide an overview on farm etiquette basics, procedures necessary to protect farms when working on or near animal and food supplies, and ways to work with farmers to ensure project success.

Visit and click on the Biosecurity Training module -  available for the small fee of $15/person. Simply add it to your cart and the website works you through the rest of the process of creating an account. Those who successfully complete the module will receive a certificate of completion following the course.

Introducing PennAg Prime
PennAg Prime is an exclusive PennAg-endorsed insurance program for members. It delivers coverage packages specifically designed to address the needs of all aspects of agriculture and food processing. PennAg Prime is offered through the agencies of The Insurance Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, the premier group of independent agencies in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.
Interested in learning more about PennAg Prime? Please contact Nicole Cassel at or 717-651-5920 today!
PennAg Awards Scholarships to Industry Youth

Ten students recently received scholarships from PennAg Industries Association, totaling $13,500. The PennAg Scholarship Fund, supported by members and friends of the association, is funded primarily through the annual Divots for Degrees Golf Outing. The 2017 outing was held at Four Seasons Golf Club in Landisville.

Since its inception in 1991, the PennAg Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $313,500 in scholarships to children of our industry’s employees. To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution and work for a PennAg member or be a child of a PennAg member. Applications for the 2018 program will be posted on the PennAg website ( beginning Jan. 1, 2018. A committee of PennAg Board Members judge eligible applications for academics, activities, essay and interest in pursuing a career in agriculture.

Congratulations to the 2017 PennAg Scholarship recipients!

PennAg to Offer Ad Banner Space in Weekly Update
Looking to get business information out and in front of thousands? Look no further than the PennAg Weekly Update! Beginning in September 2016, we began offering ad banner space above the fold in the Weekly Update, providing optimal value to you and your business. Interested in learning more? Download an order form. Space is being sold on a per month basis, so act fast to secure your ad spot!
Stay Informed of the Latest Agricultural and Shale Law Developments

The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law disseminates information through a number of different platforms on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. With so many options, stakeholders can choose products that will keep them informed according to their own needs. Learn more.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Information

Visit the PennAg Poultry Council page for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza information and updates.

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Keystone Crops and Soils Conference - October 24-25
Registration for the 2017 Keystone Crops and Soils Conference (October 24-25) at the Harrisburg-Hershey Holiday Inn in Grantville is now open. The event features two days of sessions providing the most up-to-date information and research data to help you advise your clients on current agronomic and nutrient management issues facing Pennsylvania’s crop farmers.

Click here to view the registration brochure, which includes a full agenda in order to help you plan your continuing education credit strategy! Continuing education credits for the Certified Crop Adviser, PA Nutrient Management and Pennsylvania Pesticide programs will be submitted for approval as noted in each session. (Note: these credits are pending at this time. Approved credits will be announced at the conference.) Certified Crop Advisers will have the opportunity to earn up to 14 CEUS if all sessions on both days are attended.
Click here to register online with credit card payment. *When this option is used, there is no need to complete and submit a paper form. You will receive an email receipt upon completion of registration.

Click here to download a registration form and fax (717-651-5926), email ( or mail with payment to: Amy Bradford, PennAg Industries Association, 2215 Forest Hills Drive, Suite 39, Harrisburg, PA  17112.
For those needing hotel reservations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Harrisburg-Hershey Holiday Inn at a rate of $115 plus taxes per night. Availability for the conference rate are guaranteed for reservations made prior to October 13. To reserve a room in the block, please call the hotel directly at 717-469-0661 and mention the Keystone Crops and Soils Conference to receive our group rate. For more information about the hotel, including directions, visit

Sponsorships are still available as well. This annual gathering of agronomists, crop consultants, nutrient management specialists and CCAs offer those who support and serve Pennsylvania’s crop farmer a great way to outreach and share product and services information. Choose from two levels --Harvest ($500) and Plant ($300). Harvest sponsorship offers a 20 minute presentation during
one of three Agronomy Update sessions. Choice of time will be first come, first served and noted on the sponsorship form or during the online registration process. Please note, this level has a maximum of 9 slots. Act quickly to reserve your time!


Sponsorships may be reserved online (with credit card payment) by visiting Or submit your registration and check payment via mail, fax or email using the 2017 KCSC Sponsorship Form. For more information contact Amy Bradford at

PennAg Meat & Egg Meeting and Big Buck Contest - December 5
The annual PennAg Meat & Egg Meeting and Big Buck Contest will be held Tuesday, December 5 at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl. Event topics include: Legislative/Regulatory Update; Final Chesapeake Bay Presentation; GIS Mapping System; Handheld PCR Update; MRSA in Poultry Meat Research; ABC's of Messaging When Volunteering; and an overview of the 2018 PA IBV Survey Project. The event will conclude with the 18th Annual Big Buck Contest. 

Mark you calendar now for this event and register today! Download a registration form, or visit to register online. Questions? Please contact Mindy Fleetwood at or 717-651-5920.


October 24-25
Keystone Crops & Soils Conference
(Harrisburg-Hershey Holiday Inn)
October 25

Poultry Health Committee Meeting

9:30 a.m.

(Room 309, PA Dept. of Agriculture)

October 31

PennAg Membership Committee Meeting

11:30 a.m.

(PennAg Office)

October 31

PennAg Legislative Committee Meeting

1 p.m.

(PennAg Office)

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