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Iowa Congressman’s Securing Ag and Food Act passes House

by Ben Nuelle LISTEN:world-of-agriculture-9-28-16

An Iowa congressman’s agriculture and food security bill passes House unanimously.

Iowa’s 3rd district congressman David Young introduced the Securing Agriculture and Food Act in May. It passed the full house Monday.

“When we were looking at our nation’s preparedness plans for Homeland Security there was a void there in making sure our food supply, veterinary systems, and agriculture networks, there was no component there in our preparedness plan. We can’t under estimate those who want to do us harm so we have to be proactive and look across the board and be ready for whatever may come,” Young says.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

“Whether that’s my stand-alone bill or whether someone in the Senate wants to introduce a companion bill, I don’t care whose name is on this. It is about the right policy and doing the right thing and then we want to get it to the President’s desk,” Young says.

The bill authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to elevate preparedness of our nation’s food, Ag, and veterinary systems against terrorism and high risk events.