Bobby Acord, former administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will testify today on behalf of NPPC on efforts to defend the nation’s agriculture and food.

The House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications will examine the risks to those systems from a terrorist attack or natural disruption, including an assessment of the threats and an overview of capabilities and efforts to enhance protections.

Other witnesses are Dr. Tammy Beckham, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University and former director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases at Texas A&M University, and Dr. Doug Meckes, state veterinarian for North Carolina, who formerly was branch chief of the Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Defense Branch of the Office of Health Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Original article February 19, NPPC.

NPPC to Testify on Protecting Nation’s Farms and Foods