SyllabusLesson 1Lesson 2Lesson 3Lesson 4Lesson 5Lesson 6


Lesson 3: Preparedness in Plant Biosecurity Management

Purpose: By the completion of this lesson, Extension educators will be able to help agricultural producers, workers, and other appropriate individuals develop, test, implement, and evaluate a plant biosecurity management plan.

What you will need to teach others about this topic:

  • How to develop and evaluate a twelve step preparedness plan

  • The difference between a risk assessment and a vulnerability assessment

  • Fundamental skills in risk assessment, mapping, and documenting operations

  • How to organize and conduct preparedness drills, and who to train

  • Importance of involving others in area-wide local preparedness activities

Presentations, Readings, and Web Site Reviews:

  • Introduction to Risk Assessment in Plant Biosecurity Management

  • FEMA Emergency Management Guide for Business & Industry

  • EDEN Plant Biosecurity Preparedness Plan for U.S. Agricultural Producers

Reminder: Each lesson contains links to readings and a complete reference list.

Case Study and Lesson Three Synthesis:

The case study will help you prepare for the knowledge assessment by encouraging you to synthesize and apply what you have learned from the readings in this lesson. After you have read the case materials on Plum Pox virus you should be able to address the synthesis questions without difficulty, based upon what you have learned from this lesson. Plum Pox Virus, also known as sharka, is a viral disease of stone fruit such as peaches, plums, and cherries that was identified in a Pennsylvania orchard in 1999.

Last Updated:  09/02/2009