Agroterrorism Conference in Kansas City
By Laura Ziegler
Kansas City, Mo. – The FBI, the Heart of America Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Overland Park Police Department will come together for a weeklong conference at the end of the month to study the risk of terrorism to our food supply.
Speakers from around the world, including FBI director Robert Mueller and the U.S.Secretary of Agriculture, will address the need for better communication between agencies and better identification of food sources, among other issues.
Overland Park Police Captain John Jackson says agroterrorism poses some specific challenges:
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The International Symposium on Agroterrorism will be based at the Westin Crown Center Hotel and is expected to draw 15-hundred people.