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New USDA guide helps producers beef up security

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released "Pre-Harvest Security Guidelines and Checklist 2006," a guide to help agricultural producers beef up security at the farm level. The guide aims to help producers protect against natural disasters and the unintentional or intentional introduction of plant or animal diseases.

"We work on many fronts to ensure that our nation continues to provide the safest food supply in the world," said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner. "While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to protecting agriculture, recommendations in this guide can be beneficial to a variety of types and sizes of agricultural operations."

This guide is the latest in a series of materials produced by USDA to bolster food and agriculture security. Previous guides focused on general agriculture, dairy, crops, cattle and poultry.

Download the new guide and find more information on the USDA's homeland security Web site.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released "Pre-Harvest Security Guidelines and Checklist 2006," a guide to help agricultural producers beef up security at the farm level. The guide aims to help producers protect against natural disasters and the unintentional or intentional introduction of plant or animal diseases.

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