The Defend the Flock Resource Center brings together biosecurity information and free resources from USDA and other experts, including growers, veterinarians, state agencies, scientists, and industry professionals. All the information you need to practice good biosecurity is available here, including checklists, resource guides, videos, and other tools.
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These checklists will help you practice good biosecurity – every day, every time.
Know Your Numbers: Who to Call In Case of Emergency
Use this template to record phone numbers for your local vet, state extension resources, and other important contacts. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is available toll-free at 1-866-536-7593.
Healthy Harry Biosecurity (2014)
Healthy Harry NPIP (2014)Healthy Harry/Healthy Flocks Rock
Steps for success: Your NPIP Biosecurity Audit Webinar (November 2019)
Let's Keep Our Poultry Health Together webinar (November 2018)
The NAL site provides access to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of information on agriculture.
Smuggling, Interdiction and Trade Compliance Program (SITC)
SITC conducts antismuggling activities to prevent unlawful entry and distribution of prohibited agricultural commodities and products that may harbor harmful exotic plants and animal pests, diseases, or invasive species.
Additional resources to help you care for your flocks
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Learn what the CDC is doing to help people protect themselves against AI.
The official government Web site for information on pandemic flu and avian flu.
United States Geologic Survey (USGS)
The National Wildlife Health Center at USGS has an avian influenza site with maps, news updates, and fact sheets focusing on wild birds.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for keeping America's borders safe and secure. CBP works to keep illegal material (including birds and poultry) or individuals from entering the United States, while also facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. See travel tips on bringing items into the United States.
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Find your nearest Cooperative Extension Office through this comprehensive and easy to navigate directory developed by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Extension Disaster Education Network
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) links Extension educators from across the U.S. and various disciplines, enabling them to use and share resources to reduce the impact of disasters.
APHIS has developed a list of diagnostic labs that deal with poultry. This list includes contact information for labs in several states.
The United States Animal Health Association has compiled a comprehensive list of State Veterinarians organized by state. The list includes contact information.
State Departments of Agriculture
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) maintains an online directory of all State Departments of Agriculture.