Food Security Memo Signed

Food Security Memo Signed

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson. Biosecurity against accidental or terrorist threats to the nation’s food supply got a boost at the White House recently.

It’s an old issue that took on a new ‘face’ with the signing of the National Security Memorandum to Strengthen the Security and Resilience of U.S. Food and Agriculture.

National Cattlemen’s CEO Colin Woodall says the Memorandum gives Ag a seat at the table …

WOODALL … “And find ways to make sure that we can continue to protect ourselves and respond in the event of some sort of either terrorist action or some sort of unintentional action that results in us having a foreign animal disease or some other threat.”

And not just with the help of USDA …

WOODALL … “We had the FBI at the table, the National Security Council, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and many other agencies that all understand what threats truly mean to this country.”

“Especially ones like foot-and-mouth disease …

WOODALL … “And could be introduced into the United States, either unintentionally just by somebody who may have been on a farm or ranch in a country that has foot and mouth diseases coming back and not cleaning off their boots, that could unintentionally bring it forward, or intentional introduction by a terrorist group.”

Woodall says the Memorandum will reinforce to Congress the need to keep funding these in the next farm bill and Ag spending bills.

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