Agriculture and Natural Resources

At the 2022 EDEN Annual Conference it was decided that the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will be separating into two, connected groups: Agriculture & Natural Resources. The Agriculture Committee will be chaired by Tommy Bass of Montana State University and the Natural Resources Committee will be chaired by Josh Gunn of Michigan State University. The two committees expect to closely collaborate and remain in communication.

The two groups will continue to meet collectively during the scheduled ANR Committee meetings for the remainder of 2022. A plan for separation and the potential to be two active, separate committees will be introduced in 2023. This will allow more focused discussion and training on the topics of agrosecurity, disaster preparedness, food safety and more, as well as allow EDEN’s delegates strengths and specialty areas be utilized to their full potential. Each committee is actively recruiting membership and participation.  Benefits to participation include professional development, grant writing opportunities and invitations, resources sharing and co-authoring, and professional fellowship.

Purpose and Scope

Agrosecurity is a framework of programs, activities, and outreach that aid in protecting food and agriculture systems from all hazards, whether natural, accidental, or deliberate. The EDEN Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee encourages the development and use of teaching and outreach materials for Extension professionals to address these agrosecurity issues.


EDEN formed its Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to address challenges concerning the security of production agriculture and the food supply. One of the committee’s first tasks was to create the EDEN Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Preparedness (S-CAP) pilot workshops. The workshops empower local Extension personnel and other community partners to:

  • Build capacity to handle agricultural issues during an emergency or disaster.
  • Improve networking among stakeholders who can plan for and respond to emergencies.
  • Develop Community Agrosecurity Planning (CAP) teams to establish or enhance agrosecurity components within existing local EOPs.

More than 40 S-CAP workshops have been completed since 2009, enabling communities to improve disaster preparation, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts.

Goals and Objectives

  • Identify, review, and assess agrosecurity priorities
  • Engage Extension professionals in outreach opportunities
  • Build and strengthen partnerships with national training centers and other organizations


The committee elects a Chair and Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect annually. Its members are Extension specialists who have diverse backgrounds in disaster preparedness, plant health, animal health, and food safety but have a common interest in preventing intentional, accidental, or natural agricultural disasters. The group holds monthly conference calls as well as an annual meeting that is held in conjunction with the EDEN annual meeting.

Anyone who is interested in developing, promoting, and conducting educational programs to protect agriculture and our food supply is welcome to join the committee.


Josh Gunn

Job Title: Associate Director, Community Food and Environment Institute
Office Phone: (517) 355-2361
Cell Phone: (517) 897-8480
Delegate Type: Point of Contact (POC)
Institution: Michigan State University
Area of Specialty: Community and Economic Development, Extension Director/Administrator
FEMA Courses Completed: ICS 100, ICS 200, IS 700, IS 800

Committee Members

Last Name First Name Institution
Sheldon Ed Purdue University
Askim Craig North Dakota State University
Carlson Zachary North Dakota State University
Friskop Andrew North Dakota State University
Jepsen Dee Ohio State University
Pfeifer Lisa Ohio State University
Mobley Tim APHIS
Radke Lissa University of Wisconsin
Leier Emily North Dakota State University
Brummond Paige North Dakota State University
Landeis Katelyn North Dakota State University
Gale Jeff North Dakota State University
Cue Kathleen University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Saner Randy University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Timmerman Amy University of Nebraska
Adnan Akyuz F. North Dakota State University
Tablante Nathaniel University of Maryland
Holinshead Erin University of Illinois
Burnsed Joel
Hancock Guy University of Georgia
Knox Pam University of Georgia
Kolich Heather University of Georgia
McLeod-Morin Ashley University of Florida
Court Christa University of Florida
Buckner Eva University of Florida
McGuire Maia Florida Sea Grant, IFAS Extension, University of Florida
Wolinski Lauria University of Delaware
English Henry University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
Carter Susan Colorado State University
Thompson Jody Auburn University
Garner Karnita Alabama A&M University
Robinson Roosevelt Alabama A&M University
Kirkland Brittani Penn State University
Hubbard Bill Maryland Sea Grant
Carter Susan Colorado State University Extension
Boyles Stephen Ohio State University
Miller Charlene K-State Research and Extension Butler County
Eversole Dolan University of Hawaii Sea Grant
Meehan Miranda North Dakota State University
Bass Thomas Montana State University
Williams Byron Mississippi State University
McClenton BJ Mississippi State University
Moyle Jon University of Maryland
Anderson Chelsey University of Kentucky
Nwadike Londa Kansas State University
Rizza John Oregon State University Extension
Young Robin Colorado State University
Kocher Susan University of California Cooperative Extension
Kearns Faith University of California
Hellevang Kenneth North Dakota State University
Drill Sabrina University of California
Merrifield Lisa University of Illinois
O'Brien Dahlia O'Brien Virginia State University
Jerrell Scott Virginia Tech
Versweyveld Jim Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mosiman Amanda Purdue University
Schmitz Hans Purdue University
Whitford Fred Purdue University
Carnahan Libby Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida
Rothman Tom University of Minnesota
Jensen Michael Washington State University
Ira Gregory UC California Naturalist Program
Cuneo Peder University of Arizona
Oatman Brian University of California
Martin Gregory Penn State University
Warren William (Bill) University of Idaho
Wilcox Michael Purdue University
Wideman Frank University of Missouri
Ball Tom Mississippi State University
Davis Tim University of Georgia
Skjolaas Cheryl University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cotton Scott University of Wyoming
Stone Rodney Tuskegee University
Brzozowski Richard University of Maine
Adams Ragan Colorado State University
Pfeifer Lisa Ohio State University
Nelson Sherry University of Missouri
Brownlee Nelson North Carolina A&T State University
Dozier Monty Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Boby Leslie University of Georgia
Hiney Kris Oklahoma State University
Williams Kandice University of Kentucky
Smith Julie University of Vermont Extension
Pineiro Juan Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Rankin Jeanne Montana State University
Hartsfield James North Carolina A&T State University
Cleveland Gordon
Bernard Gregory
Stribling Finis Tennessee State University
Woodham Dominique
Johnston Christine University of Maryland
Pickens Chelsey
Emanuel Curt Purdue University
Cain Steve Purdue University
Burnham Conne University of Missouri
Vestal Andy Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Higdon Andrea University of Kentucky
Tablante Nathaniel University of Maryland
Lillpop Abby Purdue University