Grains Biosecurity Officers out and about


An important part of the role of the five Grains Farm Biosecurity Program biosecurity officers is attending field days and other events to share biosecurity information and resources with grain producers.

For example, NSW Grains Biosecurity Officer attended AgQuip on 20-22 August 2019 with other members of the NSW DPI plant biosecurity and product integrity team.

“I provided 113 Grains Biosecurity Manuals to grain growers to assist with implementing their Biosecurity Management Plans,” said Bill.

“Smart phone macro lenses and sock savers proved to be very popular promotional items, with over 150 of each provided to farmers, educators, students and advisors – provided they could explain how they would use them to improve biosecurity!”

“I also presented information on biosecurity management plans in a short video produced by Central West Local Land Services.”

In the video Bill explains NSW biosecurity management plans and regulations. As well as discussing the recent biosecurity management plan changes in NSW, he also highlighted some great tips for improving on farm biosecurity.

More recently he attended Henty Machinery Field Days on 17-19 September, where he and Pip Cotter, NSW DPI Plant Biosecurity Officer distributed 77 biosecurity signs to enterprises growing grains.

“Visitors to the field days demonstrated a great deal of interest in farm biosecurity,” said Bill

“Resources supplied by Plant Health Australia the smart phone macro lenses the Monitoring Stored Grain on Farm booklets proved popular with producers with producers that still have grain in storage.”