Lesson 3 Knowledge Assessment & Resources


Knowledge Assessment
When you have completed the readings and presentations for this lesson, you should proceed to the online, multiple-choice knowledge assessment. Your score gives you an indication of how well you have comprehended the materials and your readiness to teach the materials to others. If you do not attain the benchmark score of 80% or better, you may retake the assessment. Follow this link to the Assessments section, then select the Lesson Three Assessment button to the right.

Definitions and Acronyms

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Answer Key to Lesson Three Study Guide

If you were unable to locate an answer to a question on the study guide, you may click on this Answer Key to learn which presentation or reading corresponds to that question. To obtain a copy of the Answer Key, click here:
Lesson Three Study Guide Key

Teaching Tips

To support your educational programming efforts, EDEN has created a handout, entitled Teaching Others Plant Biosecurity Management, which offers six strategies for teaching groups and individuals using EDENís Plant Biosecurity Preparedness Plan. This teaching methods handout may be retrieved at the following link:

Your Next Step, Teaching Others

Related Resources

Note: Beyond learning how to develop a plant biosecurity preparedness plan, producers should acquire fundamental skills in crop scouting and integrated pest management. They should also learn about the potential uses of field sensors, Global Positioning Systems, and Geographic Information Systems in preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts. The following links offer supplemental reference materials for your educational efforts with producers and are not required readings for this course.

Introduction to Crop Scouting (2001) University of Missouri-Columbia
The University of Missouri offers a crop scouting guide that with broad principles and techniques applicable to many agricultural settings across the U.S. It is available as a PDF document over the Internet from the University of Missouri at

Example of Sate-Specific Crop Scouting Manuals

Many land grant Universities offer state-specific crop scouting guides for producers. One example is the University of Wisconsin, which offers crop scouting information on vegetables, field corn, soybeans, and wheat. A soil fertility guide, weed guide and herbicide injury guide are also available. Chapters are available as PDF documents from the University of Wisconsin-Madison at http://ipcm.wisc.edu/scout/

Integrated Pest Management - The Regional Pest Management Centers

Under the auspices of USDA/CSREES, the Regional Pest Management (IPM) Centers are the hub of research, extension, and education programs on national pest management best practices. In the event of a confirmed crop biosecurity event, specialists with the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program are available to Extension professionals and producers with technical information for preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts.

Example of State-Specific Integrated Pest Management Resources
University of Maryland http://entomology.umd.edu/extension/ipm
University of Missouri-Columbia  http://ppp.missouri.edu/ipm/index.htm
University of California-Davis http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/
Utah State University http://utahpests.usu.edu/ipm/

Many land grant Universities offer Integrated Pest Management (IPM) research information and guides for producers, on methods to monitor and control pests affecting a variety of crops. The University of Marylandís site also offers information on the ďNational Roadmap for IPM.Ē 

NOTE: To locate the IPM programs in other states, refer to the CSREES IPM Coordinators directory at:

International Plant Nutrition Institute Site-Specific Management Guidelines

These reports address issues related to site-specific soil and crop management, including the potential uses of technology for integrated pest management (SSMG-27) and crop scouting (SSMG-22) activities. An explanation of Global Positioning Systems (SSMG-6) is also available.

Rural Security Planning: Protecting Family, Friends, and Farm

Extension professionals at Purdue University have compiled an excellent guide for rural security planning. While some of the language is specific to Indiana, the concepts are widely applicable. EDENís Plant Biosecurity Management Plan is based upon this 2004 Purdue publication.

Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry: A Step by Step Approach to Emergency Planning, Response & Recovery for Companies of All Sizes

Because this is a planning and preparedness guide for business and industry, you will need to generalize concepts from the information presented and apply them to agribusiness settings. The document is an excellent reference for Extension professionals in both urban and rural settings.

Flirting with Disasters: When Communication Comes to Life

From the Journal of Agricultural Communications, this is a brief article on how Extension professionals may develop working relationships with the media, with special emphasis placed on the preparedness phase of emergency management.

The Education Center of the American Phytopathological Society

APS provides college-level introductory and advanced lesson plans relative to plant pathology. Their introductory section assumes some background in biology, but not plant pathology. Their advanced section is for people who have knowledge equivalent to a course in introductory or general plant pathology. Other resource information is also provided.

Farm and Ranch Biosecurity

Professionals from the University of Nebraska, Iowa State University, and Kansas State University offer a state-of-the-art Web site relative to livestock biosecurity. This Website has audio and therefore is an excellent resource for those with poor reading skills or vision impairments.

Arkansas Farm Biosecurity Plan

Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety

Federal Emergency Management Agency and American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Educational Materials for Children

FEMA Independent study

FEMA Online Library

Risk Management Agency/U.S. Department of Agriculture

Lesson References

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Last Updated:  06/08/2010