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 III355 E Street, SWWashington, 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 reviewed 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 highlighted 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 addressed 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 discussed 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.) 

This Symposium was 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