Attention to Farm Security Is Important
Thompson-Weeman: "There are some very simple farm security practices that should be employed. It is things like having motion-sensor lights on your property. Locks on any doors. Having a policy amongst your employees about how to handle unexpected intruders because may be trespassers like this. We heard about after the recent storm in the Carolinas when there was flooding, that people were showing up on farms and saying they were with USDA and needed to inspect the flood damage — when really they had no official connection and no real reason for being there. So just being sure that you have a policy and all of your employees and family members anyone on your farm is trained on how to handle those people showing up — verify their identity, ask for their credentials and what steps you want them to take. It is all about vigilance and just making sure that anyone who comes on your farm is there for the right reasons and has the health and safety for your livestock as their only priority. If people want more information about farm security and tips they can contact us at animalagalliance.org and we are here to help."