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Youth Biosecurity Education Conversations

Joanna Cummings General

During October 2020, a series of  Biosecurity Community Conversations were held to highlight the Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture Biosecurity Learning Modules, and to explore online educational resources that help youth in agriculture discover farm animal biosecurity.

The video recordings for the four conversations on youth biosecurity education are below. A fifth community conversation video recording is also posted on this page. It was held on November 12, 2020, and the topic focused on biosecurity and zoonotic disease prevention for farm animals and humans.

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About the Author

Joanna Cummings

Cummings received a bachelor of science degree in horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University, with a specialization in vegetable crop and greenhouse production. At PSU, she was a research technician on no-tillage vegetable crop experiments, and a greenhouse assistant in the All-American Selections Research Gardens. Her career in the agriculture industry includes field research, work with dairy and vegetable farms, and as a greenhouse manager, estate gardener, landscaper and market garden entrepreneur. She transitioned to the science communication field after receiving a master of science degree in environmental communications from Antioch University New England. At Antioch, she was a field botany laboratory teaching assistant and manager of the herbarium. She works with Associate Research Professor Julie M. Smith, DVM, PhD, as a communications professional in the University of Vermont Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department. She is the webmaster for the Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture website.