A participant in the Montana Extension Disaster Education Network
Many historic and successful programs involving Extension relate to emergency preparedness and agro–security. Likewise, producers are familiar with other management programs that may include emergency plans as well as plans to limit spread of disease, adulterated commodities and food, or food born illness. Examples include: Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) for meat processors, Beef Quality Assurance, Agricultural Environmental Management Systems, and Manure and Nutrient Management plans for AFOs.
MSU Extension personnel working in agro–security and agro–emergency preparedness include: Tommy Bass — livestock and general agriculture; Will Lanier — crop pest/disease identification and response; and Larry Hoffman — county agro–emergency response.
The Montana Agro–Emergency Preparedness Committee is a group of local, state, federal and tribal entities that serve as an advisory committee on the preparation for and response to agricultural emergencies involving plants, animals and food. The primary members of this committee are listed below.
|Fish Wildlife and Parks||Department of Livestock|
|Dept. of Public Health and Human Services||Department of Agriculture|
|Disaster and Emergency Services|
Key federal agencies involved in preparation and response to agricultural/food emergencies are listed below.
|USDA–APHIS Vet services||USDA Food Safety Inspection Service|
|USDA–APHIS Plant Protection||USDA Food and Drug Administration|
While MSU is developing more Montana specific agro–emergency resources, EDEN serves as a national clearinghouse of Extension materials and contacts.
|Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)||Montana EDEN|
|Great Plains Diagnostic Network — plants||Foreign Animal & Zoonotic Disease Center|
Of course a first line of contact in emergencies is the local response number or 911 where available.