Food for Thought: Efforts to Defend the Nation’s Agriculture and Food

February 26, 2016 10:00 AM | 311 Cannon House Office Building

This hearing will examine the risk to the nation from a terrorist attack or natural disruption to our agricultural or food systems, including an assessment of the threat and overview of capabilities and efforts to enhance our security posture. Witnesses will highlight public and private sector prevention, planning, and preparedness activities aimed at reducing vulnerabilities of the food and agricultural sector to an intentional attack or natural disruption.

Opening Statements

Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) 
Opening Statement

Live Stream


R. Douglas Meckes, D.V.M.
State Veterinarian
North Carolina Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services
Veterinary Division
Witness Statement

Tammy R. Beckham, D.V.M., Ph.D.
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University
Witness Statement

Mr. Bobby Acord
Former Administrator
Animal Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Testifying on behalf of the National Pork Producers Council
Witness Statement

Mr. Brian Williams
Assistant Extension Professor
Mississippi State University
Witness Statement