Combating agro-terrorism

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Imagine if Oklahoma City or Dallas didn't receive any food deliveries for three days. That was one of the frightening scenarios posed to Ardmore first responders on Monday in a special seminar designed to make people think about agro-terrorism.

Monday’s special seminar was designed to get people thinking about the "what-ifs". Texoma could easily be likened to the nation's bread basket, with more cattle in our region than most other parts of the country.

But it’s not just cattle. Dairy products and farming are both also major contributors to our local economy. The seminar Monday at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Institute was designed to help educate civic leaders and first responders of just how serious threats like foot and mouth disease can be.

Guest speakers encouraged elected officials to devise a plan of what to do if an outbreak occurs, even down to sterilizing livestock trailers and farm implements. They say there are simple things you can do to help fight against potential threats.

"Somebody around the neighbors place, find out what they're doing. Keep out visitors as much as possible." Dr. Dave Sparks at Oklahoma State University says.

There is a session open to the general public and producers like farmers and ranchers. It runs Monday night from 6:30 to 8:30 at the SOTC Seminar Center. Admission is free.

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