In December 2017, I presented information on the risk of the transboundary spread of foreign animal diseases through contaminated feed at the University of California, Davis, College of Veterinary Medicine. The audience included the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Division, the California Department of Agriculture along with several faculty from UC Davis vet school. The FBI took particular interest in the role of feed ingredients as a means of potential agroterroristic attacks on the U.S. The bureau had discussed the idea for several years, and the Pipestone data supported the hypothesis that an attack of this type could possibly occur.
The FBI offered the following highlights:
1. The information presented from Pipestone was considered new intelligence to support the concept of purposeful agroterrorism.
2. The Bureau was appreciative of Pipestone’s willingness to share their information
for the purpose of serving the greater good.
3. Pipestone’s current project on mitigating the risk through feed additives was of
high interest and will continue to be explored.
Overall, the meeting was a success and laid the foundation for further collaboration between the FBI and Pipestone as an opportunity to continue to protect our U.S. food supply and the independent farmer clients we work for.
When I was a 5-year-old boy dreaming of becoming a veterinarian, I never would have thought I would ever work with the FBI. As a gesture of their appreciation for the new intelligence, the Bureau presented me with a Warrior Chip (pictured below).