Texas A&M agriculturists set framework to safeguard food supply

COLLEGE STATION - Agricultural experts with Texas Cooperative Extension have created a process to help local jurisdictions across the nation assess the vulnerability of the food supply for terrorist attacks.

The assessment guideline has gone forward to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Justice, which are expected to recommend its implementation nationwide, according to John Guido, National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center program director.

The training center, an agency of the Texas Engineering Extension Service, would assume responsibility for training localities across the nation on how to use the process.

"This assessment tool will be the national model used by officials in local communities to help determine possible targets for terrorist attacks on agriculture," Guido said. "It aims at protecting the food supply and the inputs used for agriculture production."

Guido said the national assessment process was ongoing prior to the Sept. 11 attacks but rural vulnerability - thus the U.S. food supply - was only partially considered until recently.

Extension experts were assembled after a meeting with Texas A&M University's Institute for Countermeasures against Agricultural Bioterrorism revealed the high level of potential vulnerabilities in rural areas. The team included Extension specialists from crops, animal science, veterinary medicine, plant pathology, wildlife and fisheries, and communications.

"The gist of what we have been saying is that in a fully developed plan for agriculture, we have to link the planning as well as the response for livestock and crops to the broader emergency response for communities and families," said Dr. Neville Clarke, institute director. "And linking these two - agriculture and emergency response - has given us the ability to provide the training necessary to assure that these vulnerable spots are protected to the extent possible."

The va

Contact: Kathleen Phillips
Texas A&M University - Agricultural Communications

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Dead zone area shrinking, Texas A&M prof says
2. Hardy buoys: Texas A&M project predicts oil spill movements
3. Water on Mars not easy to find, says Texas A&M researcher
4. Trap crop saves Texas cross timbers melon production
5. Weed from hell found in Texas
6. Global competition closes Texas sawmills/paper mills
7. Fire ant killing protozoa found in 120 Texas counties
8. Tiny beetle wreaks havoc on Texas ornamental tree nurseries
9. Tropical legume could be alternative hay/forage crop for Texas
10. East Texas feral hog numbers skyrocketed in last decade
11. Knock out rose receives Texas superstar and earthkind designation

Post Your Comments:

(Date:3/19/2020)... ... , ... The former Jason "Furious" Styles of "Boyz n the Hood" (1991), ... The TV program highlights a large variety of subjects that have an impact on ... a dive into the world of applied academics. The episode will cover education in ...
(Date:3/13/2020)... ... March 13, 2020 , ... ... Vivorte Inc. to be the exclusive distributor of the Louisville-based company’s orthobiologics portfolio. ... medical education expertise to distribute Vivorte’s calcium phosphate-based bone allograft (Trabexus) and calcium ...
(Date:3/10/2020)... ... March 10, 2020 , ... ... Board of Directors. Dr. Narasimhan is Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Portfolio ... the Board of Directors of Cytonus, we are extremely pleased to welcome Manisha ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/3/2020)... ... March 03, 2020 , ... Ideal Implant Incorporated Founder and ... technology at the IMCAS Innovation Shark Tank 2020 in Paris, France in January. ... and aesthetic science industries that promise to revolutionize medical practices in their fields. ...
(Date:2/21/2020)... ... February 20, 2020 , ... ... capability to perform complex, efficient and elegant chemistry. Humans have been increasingly ... our own goals. , Through rapidly evolving technologies and strategies for modern ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... February 18, 2020 , ... Intech , the ... a new and unified global brand identity, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. ... as well as an enthusiasm for designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art medical devices, Intech ...
(Date:2/10/2020)... ... , ... R3 Medical Training announced it is now registering for its next ... course is hands on involving real patients and stem cell biologics, with every attendee ... Cell Training Course has received rave reviews from attendees, who love the hands on ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: