NLRP Workshop 2018
February 8-9, 2018
The National Livestock Readiness Program (NLRP), aligned with the recently signed P.L. 115-43 “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act”, represents a concerted effort by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Health Affairs (OHA), Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Defense (FAVD) Branch to support planning, training, and information resources between state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) Ag emergency response agencies. In February, 2017 the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center (NABC) at Kansas State University held its first informational workshop in conjunction with the annual Multi-State Partnership for Security in Agriculture meeting in East Lansing, Michigan. Meeting attendees included broad representation within the Ag emergency response community at all levels. The workshop discussion highlighted a need and desire for additional training and resources made available to recently hired Ag emergency response coordinators at the SLTT levels. Many new coordinators enter the field with backgrounds in emergency planning and response, but lack an overall understanding of the various livestock industries they will be working with. These new coordinators also could benefit from a readily accessible resource for state Ag response information as well as a mentorship network they could easily reach out to.
Since the 2017 workshop, NABC has worked to address these needs within the Ag response community. Day one of the 2018 workshop will present an overview from a wide variety of livestock industries, with an opportunity for newly engaged Ag response coordinators, experienced coordinators, and industry subject matter experts, to discuss and explore issues that are of common concern when dealing with a foreign animal or highly contagious animal disease outbreak. Day two of the workshop will present opportunity for discussion on shared insight from experienced Ag response coordinators, along with challenges and needs associated with those recently hired in Ag emergency response coordinator positions.
Stakeholder input is extremely valuable in assisting the NLRP best meet your needs for Ag response planning, training, and education resources at the SLTT levels. We depend on your input to make this program successful and look forward to your participation in Manhattan, Kansas February 8th and 9th, 2018.
For additional information about the NLRP workshop, please click the following link: www.livestockreadiness.org.