Midland Empire to ready for agro-terrorism
KQ2 TV St. Joseph, MO
Terrorism in our own back yard?
Missouri officials say it`s a likely possibility.
That`s why they`re taking steps to prevent an `Agro-Terrorism` attack in the Midland Empire.
But KQ2 found that many farmers just don`t see the threa.
Robin Rhodes with the Health Department says “There have been threats of agro terrorism, across the country in the past.”
And Midland Empires farmlands may be in danger of being next, that`s why state and local officials are making sure everyone knows what to do if and when an agricultural emergency occurs.
Bill Brinton with Buchanan County Emergency Management Agency says, “We`re always ready, we haven`t practiced this part of the plan yet, but I have taken courses on how to deal with these things.” He adds, “We would just get all of our local resources and take care of it.”
The Department of Agriculture talked plans and prevention in case of an intentional or accidental outbreak of animal borne diseases in the area.