Animal Agriculture Emergency Planning and Response Meeting Set for April 8

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 22, 2010 – An Animal Agriculture Emergency Planning and Response Meeting is planned for 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, in the Seabaugh Polytechnic Building Room 201 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is coordinating the meeting to help farmers and ranchers prepare for potential agricultural emergencies, including a livestock disease outbreak.

Dr. Michael Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast, said Missouri is a leading agricultural producer and an important link in the nation’s food supply chain. He says the presentation is intended to raise awareness about local and state efforts related to agricultural emergency planning, including roles and responsibilities, reportable symptoms, biosecurity and possible impacts and recovery related to agricultural emergencies.

Those who attend will learn more about agriculture emergencies and what they can do to prepare, Aide said. The meeting is free and open to the public.