The University of California Cooperative Extension in Fresno County, Fresno County Farm Bureau, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and the Agricultural Commissioner’s office will host an ‘Ag Crimes & Terrorism Summit’ on Thursday, April 12, 2012, from 8 a.m. until noon at the West Side Research and Extension Center in Five Points, 17353 West Oakland Avenue.

(For more on agroterrorism, see: Agroterrorists and Al Qaeda target US agriculture)

Preregistration is requested:

Seating is limited.

The summit aims to raise the awareness within the agricultural community and to provide strategies that minimize agricultural crimes and terrorism ‘both foreign and domestic’ in the San Joaquin Valley.

Tom Knowles, of theSacramento Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center, will discuss the psychological and economic impacts of agroterrorism and the vulnerabilities of the food and water systems in California.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is also scheduled to speak about the recent Harris Ranch arson attacks and how local farms and ranches can better protect themselves against crime.

Carol Hafner, Fresno County Ag Commissioner will speak about invasive pest and disease introductions that could trigger a quarantine of ag products and/or animals, crippling the local economy.

Growers and industry representatives are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact:

  • Stephen Vasquez at UC Cooperative Extension at 559-600-7285
  • Ryan Jacobsen at Fresno County Farm Bureau at 559-237-0263