The first course in Practical Anti-Terrorism Training for Food, Agriculture and Animal Industries: A Common Sense Approach concluded last week in Atlanta, Ga. The course was sponsored by the Animal Agriculture Alliance and Law Enforcement Academic Research Network, a company specializing in threat management systems. 

Attendees included industry staff responsible for security, federal and state criminal investigators and university extension agents.

Managers can apply the comprehensive threat management strategy taught in the course to organize their workforce to protect themselves and their facilities. The course is a hands-on, interactive process where participants learn how to:

  • Determine their vulnerabilities;
  • Assess threats;
  • Collect intelligence addressing those threats; and
  • Develop practical threat management plans.

“I greatly appreciated the opportunity to interact with law enforcement professionals attending,” says Ed McHardie, Manager of Health, Environment and Safety for Bayer CropScience. “The course taught me a cost-effective way to help improve security at our facilities. In addition, the dialog that began between my company and law enforcement will provide great benefits for both the short and long term.”

“For years, the Alliance has worked across multiple agricultural sectors to assist members with issue management and dealing with activist groups,” adds Kay Johnson, executive vice president for the non-profit organization.  “The proactive processes taught in the course, reflect the proactive approach to animal well-being that the Alliance supports. We are happy to partner with LEARN to offer a course that emphasizes using existing resources to cost-effectively manage both foreign and domestic threats.”

A second course is planned for Fayetteville, Ark., from March 8–10, 2005. For early registration by Feb. 10, 2005, the cost for attendance is $650 per person. After Feb. 10, the cost is $700. The hotel’s registration deadline is Feb. 8 for group rates. Please register early, class size is limited.  

For more information on the course and location, contact Philip Lobo at the Alliance, telephone (703) 562-5160, e-mail or LEARN at telephone (901) 219-9917, e-mail or register online at All registrations must be submitted in advance of the course.

Animal Agriculture Alliance