Agriculture Prepardness Program
In September, the University of Missouri Extension in Mount Vernon started a new agriculture preparedness program. KSMU'S Sheena Johnson reports...
In September, the University of Missouri Extension in Mount Vernon started a new agriculture preparedness program. The program is funded through a Homeland Security Grant. Amanda Marney is the agriculture preparedness specialist for the University of Missouri Extension. Her job is to work with 18 counties in Southwest Missouri and help address any potential issues relating to agriculture preparedness and bio security issues. She works with Agricultural producers and county emergency management directors to help identify agriculture risks in Southwest Missouri. That might include things like natural disasters, foreign animal diseases and agri-terrorism.
Amanda Marney explains what the preparedness program will do.
Marney says she'll be working with emergency management officials to establish an agricultural risk assessment for the region. Marney says everyone can play a role in agriculture preparedness.
On Thursday November 8th the University of Missouri extension plans to hold a meeting on Animal Agriculture Emergency planning and response at the Joplin Regional Stockyard from 6:00- 8:30 pm. For more information you can call 1-800-897-1163 ext 35.