State/Regional SMS Projects

Several states and regions have devoted considerable time and effort engaging their producers, haulers, and processing plant personnel to apply the National SMS Plan to the uniqueness of their dairy industry. Available state/region specific information is provided below. Is your state working on a plan but is not listed? Contact us


California Secure Food Supply Plans website

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. Outreach and training for the dairy industry is being developed by the University of California and the collaborative California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP).

CDFA is taking a holistic approach for FMD response across all livestock sectors. For more information, view the webinar at: National Biosecurity Webinar on how California is Implementing the Secure Food Supply Program (57 minutes)

Project Contacts:

  • Mandy Arens, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Supervising Veterinarian, Department of Food and Agriculture, (o) 916-900-5028, (c) 916-216-5029,
  • Michael Payne, University of California at Davis, (o) 530-304-9306,


Colorado Implementation of the SMS Plan website

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. Outreach workshops and dairy demonstrations are ongoing.

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Kansas Implementation of the SMS Plan website

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is working with dairy producers, haulers, and processors through outreach workshops and biosecurity plan development to increase awareness of Kansas’ approach to milk movement in an FMD outbreak.

Project Contact:

  • Kelly Oliver, Animal Health Planner, Kansas Department of Agriculture, (o) 785-564-6608,

Mid-Atlantic States (DE, GA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV)

Mid-Atlantic States SMS Plan

The Mid-Atlantic States received funding from USDA to develop a continuity of business plan for the region that was consistent with the National SMS Plan. While USDA funding ended in 2017, individual states continue to conduct outreach and on-farm readiness evaluations to help prepare producers. A biosecurity guidance document specific to the Mid-Atlantic States is available below. This group refers to foot and mouth disease as hoof and mouth disease or HMD.

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The Minnesota SMS program is a collaborative effort comprised of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Board of Animal Health, USDA, University of Minnesota, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Milk Producers Association, dairy farmers, transporters, and processors.  The program is under development, and outreach workshops are ongoing.

Project Contact:

  • Cheryl Eia, DVM, MPH, JD, Assistant Director, Dairy and Meat Inspection Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture; 651-201-6426;

New England States (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

New England SMS Project

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.

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Texas Animal Health Commission Secure Food Supply Program

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) aims to help the industry mitigate the risk of foreign animal diseases, maintain business continuity through enhanced biosecurity plans and encourage safe and secure animal agriculture practices to maintain productivity and marketability.

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Washington Implementation of the SMS Plan

The Washington Department of Agriculture is working with dairy producers, haulers, and processors to increase awareness of Washington’s approach to milk movement in a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak. Development of operation specific biosecurity plans and outreach workshops are ongoing.

Project Contacts:

  • Minden L. Buswell, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Reserve Veterinary Corps Coordinator/Epidemiologist II, Washington State Dept. of Agriculture; 360-902-1835;

  • Erin Coyle, Emergency Management Program Specialist, Washington State Dept. of Agriculture; 360-764-9704;


Wisconsin Implementation of the SMS Plan website

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. Preparedness Plan focusing on industry preparedness efforts to mitigate the effects of an outbreak;
  2. Response Plan providing the details of the response efforts; and
  3. 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 complements the National SMS Plan at the local level.

Project Contact:

  • Michael Linsley, Emergency Management Coordinator for WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection; 608-224-4765 (office); 608-216-8519 (cell);