A participant in the Montana Extension Disaster Education Network
This new program seeks to assist agricultural producers in preparing for all emergencies, as well as identifying where to get assistance during and after an event. Emergencies could be the result of bad weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, transportation accidents, or as a result of deliberate and malicious acts. In any case, a quick organized response to an emergency event will help protect human health and life while reducing or preventing animal disease and death, crop and facilities damage and economic loss.
Deliberate acts do not necessarily mean attacks by an organized terrorist group or independent agents and “copycats.” The perpetrator could also be a disgruntled or former employee. Regardless of the culprit or motivation, aspects of agricultural production may be susceptible; plans for security, prevention of attacks and recovery should be in place at the ranch, farm and local community level.
The term agro-security specifically refers to intentional acts, while agro-safety refers to general accidents or acts of nature. Both of these issues fall under the auspices of agro-emergency preparedness. Another related term is bio-security, this refers to management that attempts to prevent introduction of disease causing organisms or pests to an agricultural operation.