Vigilance depends on ag's support, too

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Today at the 4th FBI International Symposium on Agroterrorism in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts spoke about agroterrorism threats and the prevention of agroterrorism to 750 people at the conference.

“I addressed you in 2005 at the first agroterrorism symposium,” Roberts said. “A lot has changed.”

Roberts, who has experience as a Kansas Senator, with the Marine Corps and on Agriculture, Armed Services and Intelligence committees, considers agroterrorism prevention a priority commitment in regard to public service. “Keeping our federal agencies focused and sharing information on current and future threats to the food supply is an urgent and continuing priority.”

“There is no doubt the war on terrorism continues to morph into many different threats,” Roberts continued. “And not just terrorist organizations like Al qaida. Threats may come from a nation state such as Iran, China, North Korea or Russia and someone may be able to introduce a pathogen into our food supply.”

Roberts noted that there could be potential attacks from countries such as Algeria, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen with non-traditional agents like avian influenza, foot-and-mouth disease, Rift Valley fever and more. An outbreak of zoonotic infectious animal disease would be devastating. There would be an economic ripple effect like we’ve never seen.”

Watch this video of Sen. Pat Roberts as he discusses the role of livestock veterinarians and producers in being vigilant against threats to livestock operations.

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