FARM Biosecurity

About FARM Biosecurity

FARM Biosecurity focuses on providing dairy farmers with the tools to keep their cattle and dairy businesses safe from the unseen threat of disease.  In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Center for Food Security & Public Health at Iowa State University, FARM Biosecurity will provide the resources needed for farmers to build their own “everyday” or “enhanced” biosecurity plans. FARM everyday biosecurity is a national platform, focused on preventing the introduction of, detecting the presence of, or containing the spread of infectious and non-infectious diseases. It provides farms with biosecurity plan templates and educational materials on the best management practices to prevent disease introduction and spread.   Enhanced biosecurity will incorporate elements of the Secure Milk Supply Plan into a voluntary continuity of business plan built for the entire chain of movement of milk from farm to processing plant should Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak occur in the United States.

Input from experts and stakeholders is essential to ensuring a strong and helpful program. The FARM Program has established a Biosecurity Task Force comprised of dairy farmers, cooperative and processor staff, academic experts, and state and federal animal health officials. The Task Force assists with overall program development and strategy.

FARM Biosecurity is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response cooperative agreement program (NADPRP). The cooperative agreement (AP21VSSP0000C025) is from March 1, 2021 until February 28, 2023. NADPRP was established in the 2018 Farm Bill to further the nation’s efforts to prevent high-consequence animal diseases from impacting our herds.


  Start Date End Date
Cooperative Agreement March 1, 2021 February 28, 2023
Objective 1: Develop and publish biosecurity resources required by the FARM Biosecurity Program for a national dairy farm and stakeholder audience March 1, 2021 February 28, 2022
Objective 2: Develop and publish cobranded Secure Milk Supply enhanced biosecurity resources with the FARM Biosecurity Program for a national dairy farm and stakeholder audience. March 1, 2021 February 28, 2022
Objective 3: Develop a FARM Biosecurity Second-Party Evaluator training and certification program. January 1, 2022 September 30, 2022
Objective 4: Build data sharing portal to facilitate information exchange with state and federal data management systems about Secure Milk Supply enhanced biosecurity evaluations in the event of an FMD outbreak. Host virtual exercise for January 1, 2022 February 28, 2023
Full program rollout July 1, 2024