DHS has completed the construction and commissioning of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas.
Food and Agriculture
S&T’s Food & Agriculture Defense Matrix Team conducts research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) on technologies, techniques, procedures, and capabilities necessary to protect U.S. food and agriculture from agricultural pests and crop diseases; transboundary animal diseases; intentional or unintentional occurrences of food contamination or adulteration; natural, accidental, or intentional biothreats which may present harm to animals or plants; and other high-consequence events that pose a risk to homeland security.
On November 10, President Biden signed National Security Memorandum-16 (NSM-16) on Strengthening the Security and Resilience of United States Food and Agriculture. The NSM assigns key roles to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) related to overall strategic guidance and enhancing national unity of effort
DHS S&T released an RFI seeking capabilities for scientific support for the S&T Food, Agriculture and Veterinary Defense (FAV-D) Program, including laboratory and vivarium space, IT infrastructure, as well as subject matter expertise.
This wide-ranging and enthralling episode, hosted by S&T’s John Verrico, features Jessica Cox, Program Manager for Chemical Threat Characterization at the Chemical Security Analysis Center. Jessica kicks off the first season of the podcast, delving into food safety vs. food defense.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Defense (FAV-D) project coordinates research and development (R&D) initiatives based on DHS components requirements. Chiefly, to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the intentional or natural introduction of high-consequence threat agents affecting food and agriculture.
The Plum Island Animal Disease Center recently received word that studies of the nearshore waters and seafloor surrounding the lab have found a thriving ecosystem and pristine waters.