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February 16, 2013

The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) is pleased to announce a new Bio-security Initiative which will see the development of Bio-security Tips and Guidelines for Ontario agricultural fairs.  It is the hope of the OAAS that by increasing awareness about the importance of bio-security, it can assist its members in protecting both the public and the livestock industries in Ontario.  

The OAAS project partner is an Ontario company - Canadian Agri-Services Incorporated - that specializes in the areas of biosecurity, food safety and traceability. The project team will be hosting at least three focus group meetings and gathering information from agricultural societies across the province to determine the current level of bio-security at fairs, and identify any gaps that may exist. The project will result in the development of communication tools that will provide information on how agricultural societies can enahnce bio-security at the various fairs and exhibitions that occur in every region of the province.  

This project demonstrates the commitment of the OAAS in assisting its members in the celebration of rural Ontario.  The OAAS represents over 220 agricultural societies throughout Ontario.

Mark Beaven, General Manager of the OAAS states, "We want our members to be able to provide educational opportunities to the public about farming through the exhibition of poultry and livestock at the fairs.  At the same time, we want to ensure that we are also doing our part to protect the public, the farm animals and the agricultural industry as a whole."

At the conclusion of the initiative in the fall of 2013, the OAAS will be sharing the results with other provinces and their respective agricultural society associations in hopes that bio-security can be enhanced across the country.

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Investment in this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

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For more information contact:
General Manager
Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies
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www.ontarioagsocieties.com
www.ontariofairs.com