Gary Flory

Gary Flory

Workshop Instructor | Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Gary Flory is the Agricultural Program Manager for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. In this role, Gary provides leadership on numerous issues surrounding the nexus of agriculture, the environment and public health. Gary has been a lead investigator on numerous research projects focused on providing new tools in the fight against animal diseases and natural disasters affecting agriculture. Gary also founded G.A. Flory Consulting, a global consulting firm, to help clients with a range of services including animal disease and natural disaster response, agricultural emergency planning, and emergency response training. Gary has conducted trainings, given presentations and deployed on numerous animal disease outbreaks around the country and internationally to a number of countries including the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Tunisia, Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Azerbaijan. He also serves as a technical reviewer and Subject Matter Expert on agricultural issues for a variety of organizations including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Gary currently serves on FAO’s African Swine Fever Global Pool of Expertise.

In addition to numerous other articles, reports, and guidance documents, Gary was a lead author of FAO’s recently released document, Carcass management guidelines – Effective disposal of animal carcasses and contaminated materials on small to medium-sized farms and USDA’s Catastrophic Livestock Composting Protocol and Mortality Composting Protocol for Avian Influenza Infected Flocks.

Workshop Time: Monday, January 24, 1:00 – 4:30

Workshop Title: Composting Mass Animal Mortalities

Workshop Description: Since the 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the Midwestern United States, composting has become the primary animal carcass disposal method for mass poultry mortality events due to disease or natural disasters and has been used in every major avian influenza outbreak the US since then. This workshop will cover both technical and legal aspects of these challenging situations.