BACKGROUND

The Multi-state Partnership for Security in Agriculture (MSP) is a 14- state consortium of IL, IA, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD & WI which recognizes that a disaster in agriculture (both natural and man-made) could have regional, national & global effects.

Since its inception in 2004, the Multi-State Partnership has achieved many accomplishments, including development of various risk-communication materials, agricultural emergency planning templates to ensure consistency in planning for crop, livestock and food emergencies, exercises, business continuity strategies to ensure the future viability of agriculture during and after emergencies, and state-to-state networking to ensure efficient and effective responses to any agricultural emergency. This web site was developed in collaboration between the Multi-State Partnership for Security in Agriculture and FoodSHIELD. FoodSHIELD is sponsored by the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD), a Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence, the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), and by grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.