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Tilling for Terrorism?

It may never have crossed your mind, but a flock of cattle and fields of crops could very easily become the next weapons of mass destruction, but agricultural experts in the Peach State are working on a new plan to protect the state's $42 billion agricultural industry from any type of agro-terrorist attack.

Mickey Fourakers, Lowndes County Extension Coordinator, says, "In Lowndes County and Echols County we have a very large industry of vegetables, and that's a problem. You also have cotton, soybeans and things like that, and then you have livestock."

That is exactly why farmers in south Georgia are eager to learn more about this form of terrorism and how they can help prevent it.

As most of you know, crops require a lot of sunlight and fresh air to really thrive and grow. Farmers often leave greenhouses open, which could pose a potential threat to our agricultural security.

Fred Wetherington, a local farmer, says, "There's not really security as far as keeping folks out of these areas whether it be from the sky or by land."

It opens up the door for a disaster that could quickly affect the entire nation.

Fourakers adds, "By the time a sick animal is diagnosed it could be four or five days and that animal could be in several different states."

Agricultural experts around Georgia say they'll now be ready.


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