THE USDA, FDA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI announced in July a new collaboration with states and private industry to protect the nation's food supply from terrorist threats.

The Strategic Partnership Program Agroterrorism (SPPA) Initiative supports President Bush's requirements directing the government to work closely with states and industry to secure the nation's food supply. Over the next year, teams of federal and state officials will travel to all 50 states to meet with all sectors of the food chain. Together, the federal, state and private industry partners will discuss security issues and consider ways to better protect the food supply from farm to table.

This effort is the second major joint initiative for the federal partners. In May 2005, the FBI, with the support of the DHS, USDA and FDA, hosted the first ever International Symposium for Agrosecurity in Kansas City, MO.

Farmers or other ag professionals looking for a review of potential agroterrorism dangers can order a free computer CD tutorial from the University of Kentucky at www.kiprc.uky.edu/trap/agro. The university also offers an extension certification program on agroterrorism awareness.