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 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 professionals 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
Sengupta Debalina Texas Sea Grant
Gutierrez Stephanie Kansas State University
Samuel Norma University of Florida
Honeycutt Sydney University of Florida
Ford Vic University of Arkansas