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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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Joanna Cummings

Joanna Cummings received a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University, with a specialization in vegetable crop and greenhouse production. At PSU, she worked for the Professor of Plant Nutrition as a research technician on no-till vegetable crop experiments at the horticulture research facility, and as a greenhouse assistant in the All-American Selections Research Gardens. Her career in the agriculture industry includes work on dairy and vegetable farms, and as a greenhouse manager, estate gardener, landscaper and market garden entrepreneur. Joanna transitioned into the communications field after receiving a Master of Science in Environmental Studies, with a major in Communications, from Antioch University New England. At Antioch she worked as a field botany laboratory teaching assistant and manager of the herbarium. Joanna’s communications work experience includes agriculture education and outreach coordinator, marketing manager, director of communications, public information officer, webmaster, training program manager and project manager for nonprofit, government, academic and commercial organizations. She is currently working with Animal Disease Biosecurity Coordinated Agricultural Project (ADBCAP) Director Julie M. Smith, DVM, PhD, as a communications professional in the University of Vermont Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department. She is also the webmaster for the Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture website.