Review Biosecurity Preparedness and Efforts to Address Agroterrorism Threats, Hearing Before the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, July 20, 2005 [open pdf - 123KB]
From the opening statement of Saxby Chambliss: "I welcome you this morning to this hearing to review the efforts by public and private entities to increase biosecurity and agroterrorism preparedness. I appreciate our witnesses and members of the public being here to review this very important topic as well as those who are listening through our web site. Agriculture is a significant sector within the U.S. economy, accounting for 13 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product and 18 percent of domestic employment. A deliberate attack on the U.S. food supply and agriculture operations would cause severe economic loss from farm to plate. As we have seen with naturally occurring plant and animal disease, these losses could be particularly severe where States where animal and crop production is connected and largely responsible for the majority of economic activity. For example, three states, Arkansas, Alabama, and my home State of Georgia account for 31 percent of the chickens produced in the United States. North Carolina, Iowa, and Minnesota account for 53 percent of hog production; and five others, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and California produce 35 percent of the cattle. Four States, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota produce 54 percent of the corn; and three of those, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, produce 39 percent of all soybeans." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Pat Roberts, Ken Salazar, Charles Conner, Robert Brackett, John E. Lewis, Maureen McCarthy, Mark J. Cheviron, James Lane, James A. Roth, James Sherwood, Tom Harkin, Thad Cochran, Mary Upchurch Kruger, Edwin Quattlebaum.
S. Hrg. 109-457; Senate Hearing 109-457
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