Agrosecurity and Agroterrorism

Ag​​​rosecurity involves the issues that the agricultural industry, communities and the government need to address to protect our food system. These issues are related to animal and plant diseases, pests and invasive species that could affect the health and economic well-being of the agricultural community and the public.

 is the deliberate use of biological, chemical or radiological agents as weapons against the agricultural industry and food supply. Any such attack on the food and fiber system in the United States will have economic, health, and social consequences.

General Resources

Agroterrorism Resources

  • The NYS Office of Homeland Security (OHS) provides information on recognizing and reporting suspected agroterrorism events.
  • Strategic Partnership Program Agroterrorism (SPPA) – a collaboration between DHS, USDA, FDA, FBI and private industry to provide a broad perspective on the food and agricultural defense sector.
  • The Disaster Handbook (PDF) – University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, addresses agroterrorism.

Biosecurity Threats

Emerald Ash Borer has recently been identified in western New York State. This insect can be devastating to the ash tree population in the state. One method of limiting the spread of this insect and other invasive insects or diseases:

Asian Soybean Rust presents a real threat to growers in the United States as well as the rest of the world. If a soybean crop becomes infected, it will result in lower yields and raise production costs, making this disease an important economic threat.  Integrated Pest Management has created a map to track the spread of soybean rust in the U.S.