State/Regional SMS Projects
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is collaborating with the State's dairy industry to develop Secure Milk Supply (SMS) industry standards for dairy farms, milk haulers and dairy processors. The information outlined in the industry standards is consistent with the national SMS biosecurity performance standards and will assist in developing emergency biosecurity plans allowing dairy farms, milk haulers, and processors to move milk and dairy products into commerce in the event of an FMD outbreak. Outreach and training for industry is being developed by the University of California and the collaborative California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP). Milestones completed to date include the completion of the dairy farm standards document and the completion of a pilot demonstration of the training workshop conducted by CDQAP.
• Robert Lalum, Program Manager, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 916-900-5087,
• Michael Payne, University of California at Davis, 530-304-9306,
There has been planning to apply the National SMS Plan to the uniqueness of the Colorado dairy industry. The Colorado SMS planning team is comprised of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Western Dairy Association, Dairy Farmers of America, milk processors, USDA Veterinary Services, Colorado State University, veterinarians, and dairy farmers. The primary goals at this stage are to create awareness of the SMS and to develop a farm assessment tool to determine the level of biosecurity present on each Colorado dairy farm which will help us to know what steps would need to be taken on each farm during an outbreak to move milk and animals.
The Colorado SMS Farm Biosecurity Assessment Tool is meant to assist in developing a farm biosecurity plan that could be implemented if a foreign animal disease (FAD) such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) was detected in Colorado. The tool is designed to outline the SMS biosecurity standards and then the dairy farmer and assessor are given options to meet those standards and determine how the operation can best meet the needed biosecurity. This assessment focuses on the implementation of recommended practices with the goal of allowing the dairy farm to continue shipping milk in the case an FAD or FMD outbreak occurs in Colorado. In addition to assessing the facility's current capabilities, it is important to determine how quickly changes can be made to implement a plan that would allow the dairy farm to continue shipping milk. This assessment is meant to start a conversation about how to prepare for the possibility of restricted milk and animal shipments from dairy operations in Colorado. Not only will this biosecurity assessment tool be invaluable during an FMD outbreak, it will also help prevent and aid in overall disease control for the dairy facility.
Project contact: • Nick Striegel, DVM, MPH, Colorado Assistant State Veterinarian; 303-239-4162;
Mid-Atlantic States (DE, GA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV)
The Mid-Atlantic States received funding from USDA-APHIS to develop a common set of biosecurity procedures to allow milk to move within the states in the event of an FMD outbreak. A continuity of business plan consistent with the National SMS Plan was developed and is being piloted on farms, with haulers, and with dairy processors. Information gathered will include infrastructure, gaps, training needs, and the industry's ability to meet the biosecurity requirements.
• Carolynn Bissett, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services; 804-786-2483;
• John Adams, Northern States Project Leader; 703-431-7621;
• Richard Wilkes, DVM, Southern States Project Leader; 804-894-2473;
The most recent version of the Mid-Atlantic States SMS Plan can be viewed at: Mid-Atlantic States SMS Plan, Version 4.0, December 2016
New England States (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
The New England States Animal Agriculture Security Alliance (NESAASA, chartered by the six state governors) with funding from USDA-APHIS is working to improve prospects for dairies in a disaster, such as an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Interstate milk movement within and out of the New England States puts dairies at an acute risk in an outbreak halting product movement. For more information on the NESAASA project, visit: New England SMS Project
Project contacts: • Fredric Cantor, DVM, MPH, USDA APHIS Area Emergency Coordinator; 508-889-7211; • Rich Horwitz, PhD, Project Consultant; 401-497-3991;
The goal of the Secure Milk Supply for Wisconsin (SMS – WI) plan is to maintain business continuity for the entire Wisconsin dairy industry during and after an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). The overall SMS – WI plan has three integrated components; 1) the Preparedness Plan focusing on industry preparedness efforts to mitigate the effects of an outbreak; 2) the Response Plan providing the details of the response efforts; and 3) the Communications Plan to provide accurate and timely information to all stakeholders. All of these plans highlight the integral partnership required between the responding agencies and the Wisconsin dairy industry. An Industry Advisory Group has been identified within the plan to help ensure the effectiveness of this partnership. The SMS – WI Plan is designed to complement the National SMS Plan at the local level and can be viewed here: http://www.securemilksupplywisconsin.org/
Project contact: • Michael Linsley, Emergency Management Coordinator for WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection; 608-224-4765 (office); 608-216-8519 (cell);