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Self Assessment

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This self assessment checklist will help you determine the need and the priorities of a documented plan for each farm enterprise. Although every farm is exposed to some level of risk in each category, the degree of exposure and the potential consequences may vary widely for each individual farm, depending on region, crop mix and management practices.

1. Can I avoid the introduction of a biosecurity risk that I currently do not have?
Crop inputs such as seed, fertilizer, manure, waste, and water brought onto the farm are assessed for their potential to introduce pests.
Delivery vehicles, farm implements, and/or equipment that enter the farm are assessed for their potential to introduce pests.
Soil movement is minimized. Non-agricultural equipment entering the farm is assessed for the potential to introduce pests.
Visitors, guests, tradespeople, agronomists, and suppliers who travel by vehicle or by foot are assessed for their potential to introduce pests.
Farm vehicles, implements, or people that leave the farm and return home are assessed to determine the potential introduction of pests.
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2. Can I contain and minimize the biosecurity risks that I already have?
Alternative cropping strategies, crop rotation, crop and variety selection, and field history are recognized as potential management tools to minimize the spread of pests.
Soil movement is minimized. Moving equipment and people within the farm, viewed as potential carriers of pest problems, is managed in a practical and effective manner.
Timely scouting and monitoring, along with a clear understanding of economic thresholds and implications of control measures, are used in decision making.
There is a water management strategy for my farm. Appropriate drainage exists to minimize the movement of pests.
Intended management practices are documented, and all farm employees and decision makers are aware, informed, and committed.
Intended management practices are documented, and all external service providers and production partners are aware, informed, and committed.
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3. Can I avoid pests leaving my farm?
Trucks and/or farm equipment leaving the farm are assessed for their potential to spread a pest from the farm to other farms or areas.
Appropriate signage exists.
Bins and handling equipment are inspected and cleaned before their use, and grain condition is monitored.
Water exiting my farm is managed to reduce the potential to spread pests.
Unmarketable product and screenings are managed to minimize the risk of pests leaving the farm.
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4. Do I need a biosecurity risk management plan for my farm?
Will a biosecurity management plan help support my business objectives in maintaining markets and accessing new markets?
Do my customers demand biosecurity practices and protocols? Will this be increasing in the future?
Do I have a responsibility to my neighbours and my industry to ensure that I am not the point of introduction of a biosecurity risk to others?
Do my management and staff know and understand pest management techniques?
Do I make it known to my suppliers, farming colleagues, researchers, local governments, working partners, and visitors that we need to manage pests?
Would I, my management, and/or my staff know what to do if a significant pest issue became evident on my farm?
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