PO 411

This course is designed to increase awareness of the issues and vulnerabilities of the US agricultural system to natural and manmade disasters as well as deliberate acts of sabotage.  Students will gain an appreciation for the complicated interconnectedness of agricultural production, infectious diseases, economics, politics, and society.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perpectives Course

This course satisfies 3 credits of the GEP IP requirements 

Learning Objectives

Determine agents of the greatest concern to animal and plant species

•Identify a potential attack/outbreak and the consequences for US agriculture

Develop possible plan(s) to prevent and/or respond to a potential outreak

Understand the complex biological, economic, political, and social implications of an outbreak and its response

Topic Areas
Historical of agriculture as a weapon
Animal diseases
Plant diseases
Diagnostic networks
Government agencies
Risk assessment
Response plan 
Grades are based on a 3 part semester project.  Students will develop an "attack plan", build a defense strategy against another "attack plan", and present their attack and defense to the class.

Course Format
Combination of lectures by course director as well as guests and student led discussions.

Guests Lecturers
NCDA Emergency Programs
Human Services PHP&R

To Register
Agrosecurity (PO 411) will be offered Spring 2012 
Thursday from 1:30-4:15 
Room 106 Scott Hall

For more information contact
Dr. Matt Koci
Department of Poultry Science
363 Scott Hall
Office#: 515-5388
Email: mdkoci@ncsu.edu


Guest Lecturers

Julie Casani, MD, MPH

NC Dept of Health and Human Services

Public Health Preparedness and Response Branch

Mark Howell
Emergency Programs Specialist

NCDA&CS, Emergency Programs Division

Bruce Akers, DVM

Regional Veterinary Specialist
NCDA&CS, Emergency Programs Division