AGROGUARD is a community policing program specifically designed for the agriculture industry. In our changing world, proactive measures are required to prevent the intentional or accidental contamination of America’s food supply. AGROGUARD is a partnership between front line industry personnel and local law enforcement for the purpose of identifying suspects and detecting suspicious activity in or around food chain facilities.
AGROGUARD provides educational information concerning highly contagious disease signs and symptoms, and provides guidance on practicing bio-security measures that will add an additional level of protection for the industry.
Information is entered into data bases that are linked to like systems nationwide. When local, state and federal law enforcement officers query these data bases, they receive information that will save lives and prevent criminal activity.
INDICATORS OF AGROTERRORISM
- Persons having no interest asking specific questions about facility or processes
- Unauthorized photography of processes in or around facilities or farms
- Possession of chemicals, biological agents, vaccines, or medications with no purpose
- Manuals, communications or websites pertaining to chemicals or biological agents
- Attempts to rent or borrow ag-related equipment for no logical reason or purpose
- Thefts of Anhydrous Ammonia or other chemicals
- Thefts of livestock
Report any tampering, attempts to purchase or rent aircraft or chemicals.
CHEMICAL HANDLING FACILITIES
Report any attempted purchase of herbicides or pesticides by those not authorized or those without need. Report all security breaches if applicable.
Report suspicious activity around anhydrous ammonia storage facilities. Attempts to purchase ammonia nitrates or other chemicals, medications or vaccines by those without need.
Report any activity around facilities that YOU deem suspicious or “out of place”. Report sick or down animals to proper personnel prior to loading or unloading. Utilize good bio-security procedures as applicable to your hauling activities. Report unusual activity around transportation vehicles that are unattended at truck stops, rest areas, etc.
FARMERS / RANCHERS
Report suspicious behavior around farms or ranch operations and thefts of nurse tanks.
REPORTING SUSPICIOUS SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS IN EMPLOYEES AND ANIMALS
Report suspicious illnesses among employees to your local health department. Health officials should be made aware of the employees normal duties and any contact with sick animals that may have lead to the illness. Further, contact with feed products, medical supplies or chemicals that the employee may have contacted should be noted.
REPORT SUSPICIOUS SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS IN ANIMALS TO YOUR VETERINARIAN:- Unusual symptoms or behavior
- Sudden unexplained death loss
- Severe illness in large numbers of animals
- Unusual ticks or maggots
- Blisters or ruptured blisters around mouth, nose, teats or hooves
- Central nervous system disorders that prevent the animal from rising or walking normally
- Loss of appetite and conditioning
- Swelling around eyes and neck in poultry
- Noticeable drop in egg or milk production
- Production of thin shelled eggs
- Large numbers of dead insects, rodents or wildlife
** HOW TO REPORT SUSPECTS AND SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY **
* IF A CRIME IS IN PROGRESS…
CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY *
* IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT A CRIME… CALL 806-468-5800 *
INFORMATION NEEDED FROM YOU
- Your Location
- What activity is occurring
- Are there weapons involved
- Location of activity
- Description and license plate of vehicle involved and direction of travel.
- Description of persons including race, age, height weight, hair color
- Your contact number
- Any other pertinent information