Approximately 18% of our nation’s workforce is employed in production agriculture or in an occupation directly related to the agricultural industry, but everyone consumes food and uses products made from fibers grown in the U.S. So keeping our nation’s food and fiber supply safe remains an important priority for all citizens.

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 9 (HSPD-9): Defense of U.S. Agriculture and Food recognizes agriculture as part of the critical infrastructure of the nation and establishes a policy to defend the food and fiber system against terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.

In this section

Agrosecurity and Agroterrorism

Resources to assist producers and those who work with them to better manage agrosecurity risks including invasive plants and insects and terrorism threats.

Food Supply Contamination

Programs and resources to help improve the safety of our food supply.

Manure Spill Response and Recovery

Provides resources to assist farmers in the event of a manure spill and prevention information and tools.

Ag Sentinel Agriculture Emergency Situation Reporting (PDF)

Quickly, easily, and accurately assess damage to all agricultural inventory, and estimate economic loss. The reporting form provides a standardized method for individuals who are interested in determining the extent of damages to agricultural commodities and structures. CCE personnel should follow internal Standard Operating Procedures for using the Ag Sentinel tool to report agricultural losses. Ask a Disaster All-Hazards Response Team member or your Association Executive Director for more information.


NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets
Safeguarding the food supply in NYS while fostering environmental stewardship and promoting a viable agricultural industry.

Crop Insurance and Disaster Resilience
Crop insurance protects the policy holder against either yield or revenue losses that are the result of specific weather-related or other natural events.

Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Responding to agricultural emergencies.

Disaster and Defense Preparedness for Production Agriculture

Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs)
Program to assist growers in reducing microbial risks in fruits and vegetables.

Iowa State Center for Food Security & Public Health
Resources on public health and animal disease issues.