The threat to agricultural security can come in many forms: natural, accidental and intentional. Agriculture and its related industries are certainly susceptible to sabotage from terrorists, disgruntled employees or others intent on doing harm through the nation's food supply. But just as deadly are losses due to natural disasters and accidents. A well educated industry, employees and emergency response teams can minimize the threat and the damage.
The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has taken on a major role in training throughout the state on agrosecurity issues. Other related activities include an international web network to identify invasive species, education of a largely Hispanic workforce in the Green Industry, cutting the incidence of salmonella and fighting insect pests in urban settings.
Review these reports on agrosecurity issues from CAES faculty in research, teaching and Extension. For more reports, visit the searchable database.
- Human Emotions Study
- Improving access to information
- The Midgut Endocrine System
- Diagnosing plant diseases
- Food and Agricultural Defense
- Local Emergency Planning
- Agrosecurity Training for Poultry Producers
- Agrosecurity Certificate Program
Georgia FACES Articles
Here's just a sample of agrosecurity issues in the news generated by the college. For the latest news, visit Georgia FACES.
October 2015 was feast or famine for rainfall across the Southeast
November 4, 2015 - While our neighbor to the northeast, South Carolina, was left reeling from October’s floods, parts of Georgia were left with less rain than normal.
Chambliss and Breedlove inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame
October 1, 2015 - The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame has two new members: former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and the late Thomas Richard Breedlove Sr., a pioneering northeast Georgia dairy farmer. Breedlove and Chambliss were inducted Sept. 25 as part of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Banquet and Awards Ceremony.
UGA President's Farm Tour showcases university's support for agriculture
September 3, 2015 - From vineyards and vegetable patches to state-of-the-art food processing and food safety operations, agriculture in northeast Georgia is made up of a large and diverse set of enterprises.
UGA economists to lead series of meetings about farm bill education
March 27, 2014 - U.S. Farm Bill education will be the focus of an upcoming series of meetings coordinated by University of Georgia agricultural economists.
Exporting products topic of International Agribusiness Conference
September 25, 2013 - Farmers and businesses across the Southeast should be exporting more of their products, says a University of Georgia expert.
Governor to speak at inaugural agribusiness conference in Savannah
September 12, 2013 - Gov. Nathan Deal will address the importance of international trade to the economic well-being of the state at the inaugural International Agribusiness Conference and Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 25-26, at 3:30 p.m
International Conference to enlighten farmers, businesses about exporting products
July 18, 2013 - While the Port of Savannah is already No. 2 in the nation for export tons, the Georgia Ports Authority hopes to double its capacity within the next decade. That’s good news for Georgia farmers.
UGA trained Agribusiness Development Team deploys to Afghanistan
January 7, 2013 - The Georgia National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team III left Georgia this week for Indiana, on their way to a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.
Gabon and Georgia strike a deal to foster agricultural development
November 28, 2012 - The government of Gabon has tapped Georgia’s agricultural experts to help the central African nation develop a more self-sufficient agricultural system.