USDA APHIS Offers Free Webinar, “Defend the Flock” on September 22, 2:30 p.m.

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“Defend the Flock” campaign logo. Courtesy of USDA.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) urges all poultry growers to make sure they are doing everything possible to keep their birds healthy and reduce the risk that an infectious disease will spread from their property to other flocks. Anyone involved with poultry production — commercial or backyard flocks alike — should review their biosecurity plan and enhance their biosecurity practices to assure the health of their birds.

USDA APHIS is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, September 22, at 2:30 p.m. ET about navigating avian influenza. Learn from USDA and other experts on steps to take and what to expect during a bird flu outbreak.

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FREE WEBINAR: “Navigating Avian Influenza: From Prevention to Recovery,” Thursday, September 22, 2022, 2:30 p.m.

Learn from USDA and other experts about how to keep your flocks safe from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). This session is for enthusiasts, farmers, educators, and anyone interested in signs and symptoms of HPAI, what to watch out for during fall migration, and how to develop an effective biosecurity and response plan. Hear about one educational farm’s experience managing a potential HPAI outbreak and get tips on how to keep your poultry flocks safe.

Register today for the “Defend the Flock” Zoom Webinar.

The APHIS Defend the Flock public education program provides checklists, videos, webinars, and educational resources to help poultry growers learn good biosecurity. All materials can be found on the Defend the Flock – Resource Center page (USDA) and are free and available 24/7.

Biosecurity is the key to keeping our nation’s poultry healthy, and a responsibility that we all share. Let’s keep our poultry healthy together!

— Submitted by Anne Lichtenwalner, DVM Ph.D., University of Maine Associate Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and Director of the UMaine Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.