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 through to processing plants. "We will be training industry people to assess their own facilities for vulnerability to someone coming in and intentionally contaminating their product," says Sharon Thompson, director of the center.

The center will conduct trial runs of the free three-day courses this year, with the program slated to roll out nationally next year.

Source: Meatingplace.com