A new Dairy Farmers of America program will help members increase their on-farm security, allowing them to better protect their animals and milk from contamination.
The program, called mySecurity, is a voluntary information and awareness program, developed for DFA members looking for industry updates, techniques, tools and strategy for biosecurity and emergency action plans.
"We hope to see full participation in the mySecurity program by our members," says Jim Carroll, DFA vice president of quality assurance and regulatory issues. "Agriculture has been identified as a critical infrastructure in this country in regard to security issues. Our customers, and our customers' customers, are vitally aware that a continuum of security from the farm to the supermarket is critical to keep our food supply safe."
Participants will receive a safety and security toolkit as part of the first of the program's two phases. Carroll says Phase I of the mySecurity program has been successfully tested in several pilot areas, and the program already is attracting attention from DFA’s customers.
Phase II of the program, currently under development, will feature a mySecurity Web site where participating DFA members can enter information about their farm and create a security plan tailored to their farm. They also will be able to access the Web site to obtain a summary of their state’s animal disease emergency plan, as well as a database that includes emergency contact information for various government agencies.
For more information on Dairy Farmers of America, contact 816-332-6455, call their toll-free number at 888-332-6455 or visit www.dfamilk.com.