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Workshop Focuses on Horticulture and Food Defense


An upcoming horticulture workshop will cover grant opportunities for minority farmers and the relatively new concept of “food defense”. KSMU’s Brandon Goodwin reports.

Hispanic and Latino farmers are invited to join agricultural specialists with the University of Missouri Extension for a three hour workshop on Thursday, March 3rd at the Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon.Sarah Becker is a horticulture specialist with Lincoln University. She is teaching a session on resources that are available to minority farmers and ranchers.“At this point we just want to familiarize these folks with what’s out there and help them through the process if that’s the route they want to go,” she said.Becker will be joined by Amanda Marney, an agricultural preparedness specialist with the University of Missouri Extension. Marney's session is about food defense.“Food defense is just basically what farmers can do to help protect their farm from an intentional attack or some type of intentional biological agent from getting onto the farm. Developing a food defense plan is an important step in protecting the health of our crops and animals as well as human health,” she said.The workshop will be available in Spanish and English. For more information call 417-461-1319. For KSMU News, I’m Brandon Goodwin.