AGRICULTURAL SECURITY CONFERENCE SET FOR JUNE 9-11
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Farmers, veterinarians and others who work in the food production and medical industries are invited to attend an Agricultural Security Conference June 9-11 in Hoover, Ala.
Sponsored by about a dozen law enforcement agencies and agricultural organizations, including the Alabama Farmers Federation, the conference is aimed at educating the public health, veterinary, agricultural, regulatory and law enforcement communities about animal diseases. In addition, it is intended to foster better communication among these groups to ensure the continued safety of America's food supply.
On Friday, June 9, the conference will include discussions on human and animal vaccine development, avian influenza eradication, lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, border control for agricultural products and methamphetamines and agriculture.
The second day of the conference will feature presentations on emerging infectious diseases and the psychology of terrorism. There also will be personal protective equipment demonstrations and a workshop on agricultural response teams.
Day three will include more discussions of avian influenza as well as a presentation on the importance of interagency cooperation. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a response plan and conduct an agricultural disease outbreak exercise.
Continuing education credits will be available for veterinarians, nurses and social workers. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.
The conference will be held at Spain Park High School, 4700 Jaguar Drive, in Hoover. For more information, visit www.SouthCentralPartnership.org/preparedness and click on the Agricultural Security quick link.