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Agrosecurity Symposium

Agrosecurity Symposium: Building National Networks and Partnerships Outcomes Report:         Click here to access the report of outcomes.

Dates: Monday, April 22 (8am – 5pm) through Tuesday, April 23 (8am – Noon), 2013

Presenters Presentations:
Click on the presenter's name to view a PDF version of the presentation utilized during the Symposium.
Meeting Location:
Conference and Training Center, Patriots Plaza III
355 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Goal: Build nationwide networks and partnerships to synchronize disaster preparedness efforts affecting the food and agriculture sector.

  • Translate federal agrosecurity initiatives to state and local levels
  • Conduct interdisciplinary, multijurisdictional discussions about agricultural emergency management and planning
  • Identify future activities to advance agricultural disaster preparedness activities within communities
Agenda (Click here for a PDF of the finalized agenda with acknowledgements, presenter biographies, poster presentation overviews, and panel presentation overviews):  

Federal Perspective (Day #1, Morning Session I, April 22, 2013):  FEMA, DHS, and USDA personnel will review PPD-8, ESF-11, and preparedness in the food and agriculture sector efforts at the federal level.

EDEN and S-CAP (Day #1, Morning Session II, April 22, 2013):  Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) representatives will highlight the Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Preparedness (S-CAP) program that facilitates whole community preparedness in the food and agriculture sector.

Gap Identification (Day #1, Afternoon Session, April 22, 2013):  Breakout groups will address food, agriculture, and natural resource challenges in existing preparedness efforts to identify gaps and report their findings.

Solution Development (Day #2, Morning Session, April 23, 2013):  Breakout groups will discuss the identified gaps and propose activities to build networks and partnerships at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels to improve preparedness measures and aid response and recovery.

Informational Flyer (Click here for a link to a printable flyer.)

Meals and Refreshments:  Refreshments and lunch on April 22 and refreshments on April 23 are available at no charge to registered attendees.  Meals and refreshments are supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI).

Hotel Information:

  • Name: Residence Inn Washington DC/Capitol, 333 E St. S.W., Washington, DC 20024
  • Phone Number: (202) 484-8280
  • Fax Number: (202) 484-7340
  • Rate: $224/night plus 14.5% tax 
  • Reserve rooms online at: with group code: uokuoka
  • Reserve rooms by phone at: (800) 331-3131 (under University of Kentucky)
  • Deadline to reserve rooms at the group rate is: Friday, March 22, 2013
Meeting Registration:
  • To register, go to, select the sessions you plan to attend, and enter your contact information.
  • Partial registrations are available.
  • Deadline to register is: Monday, April 15, 2013
  • If staying at the Residence Inn, parking is available at the hotel at a rate of $30 per day with in and out privileges.  Limited parking spaces are available in hotel garage on a first come first serve basis.
  • Parking is also available in the parking structure between the Residence Inn and the Patriots Plaza III Conference & Training Center for $13 per day if parked by 9am, $16 per day if parked after 9am.  Please note there is a $10 overnight charge (the garage closes at 7pm and cars cannot be removed again until the morning).
Additional Information:
  • A government-issued photo ID will be required to pass through security to enter the training facility. 
  • All guests must go through security, including a walk-through metal detector.
  • Laptops may be brought into the training facility.
  • Free WiFi will be available for use by guests at the training facility. 

This Symposium is supported by the Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program of the USDA NIFA, grant # 2012-41210-20062.

For further questions or comments, please contact:
Andrea Higdon, Agrosecurity Program Coordinator for the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky at

Last Updated:6/24/2013 3:44 PM

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