ADBCAP Presented to Homeland Security Council

Pennsylvania corn field and farm

ADBCAP Director Julie Smith, DVM, PhD, presented a short summary of the Animal Disease Biosecurity Coordinated Agricultural Project (ADBCAP) to members of the Food and Agriculture Sector Joint Coordinating Council—a Homeland Security Coordinating Council—by telephone on April 10, 2019. All members of these councils were welcomed to attend the project symposium on May 15.

The Government Coordinating Council and Sector Coordinating Council collaborate with the US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Homeland Security, other government entities and each other to address security and resilience activities and sector-specific issues for the food and agriculture sector. The National Infrastructure Protection Plan recognizes food and agriculture as one of the nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors.

The importance of the food and agriculture sector to national security was originally highlighted in 2004 by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-9, which ensured food and agriculture would be recognized among the critical infrastructure and key resources designated for protection that is coordinated by the US Department of Homeland Security.

About the Author: Joanna Cummings

Joanna received a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University, with a specialization in vegetable crop and greenhouse production. At PSU, she worked for the Professor of Plant Nutrition as a research technician on no-tillage vegetable crop experiments at the horticulture research facility, and as a greenhouse assistant in the All-American Selections Research Gardens. Her career in the agriculture industry includes dairy and vegetable farm laborer, greenhouse manager, estate gardener, landscaper and market garden entrepreneur. She transitioned into the communications field after receiving a Master of Science in Environmental Studies, with a major in Communications, from Antioch University New England. At Antioch she was a field botany laboratory teaching assistant and manager of the herbarium. Joanna’s work experience also includes research station manager at the University of Vermont Proctor Maple Research Center, education and outreach coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, marketing manager, director of communications, public information officer, webmaster, training program manager and project manager for nonprofit, government, academic and commercial organizations. She is currently working with ADBCAP Director Julie Smith as a communications professional in the University of Vermont Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department.
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