The University of Tennessee is opening a new center to train food producers and processors to protect the U.S. food supply from terrorists. The Department of Homeland Security is providing a $2 million grant for the center.

The Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness will offer strategies for farms on through to processing plants. “We will train industry people to assess their own facilities for the vulnerability of someone coming in and intentionally contaminating their product,” says Sharon Thompson, the center’s director.

The program will roll out nationally this year. For more information, go to