Agriculture and Natural Resources

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.


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Kris Hiney

Job Title: Equine Extension Specialist
Office Phone: 715-441-1926
Cell Phone: 715-441-1926
Delegate Type: Delegate
Institution: Oklahoma State University

Vice Chair

Monty Dozier

Office Phone: 979-845-6800
Delegate Type: Delegate
Institution: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Committee: Agriculture and Natural Resources

Committee Members

Last Name First Name Institution
Gaffney Michael Washington State University
Cochran Soni University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Moses Ambrose Central State University
Merrifield Lisa University of Illinois
Weigle Jason University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Neumann Brad Michigan State University
Carnahan Libby Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida
Hoelting Joyce University of Minnesota
Putnam Paul Michigan State University
Jensen Michael Washington State University
Anderson Brian Washington State University
Turner Vernon Kansas State University
Tootle Deborah Iowa State University
Sanders Kitt
Sanders Christina Washington State University
Peter Mary Lou Kansas State University
Medley Russell University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Martin Gregory Penn State University
Lindsey Angie University of Florida
Jakes Susan
Hill Debbie
Hilbun-Benoit Anne-Howard Mississippi State University
Griffith Rick New Mexico State University
Finley Gill Kentucky State University
Feierabend Kristin North Carolina State University
Dixon Traci
Beaulieu Bo Purdue University
Barcinas Peter
Wilcox Michael Purdue University
Gaffney Mike Washington State University
McKillip Carrie University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Mueller Ashley University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lillpop Abby Purdue University