FBI Honors University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Team for Counter-Agroterrorism Work

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation recognized the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture for their efforts to fight agroterrorism over the last nine years. FBI Special Agent C. Daniel Sturgill presented an award commemorating the university’s support in a ceremony at Little Rock’s Cooperative Extension Service office.

Receiving the plaque were Dustan Clark, associate director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and extension veterinarian for the Division of Agriculture; Rick Cartwright, associate vice president-agriculture-extension; and Vic Ford, interim associate director-extension-agriculture and natural resources. Special Agent Sturgill also praised John Marcy, extension poultry processing specialist, and Heidi Ward, an extension veterinarian based in Little Rock, for their partnership in the FBI’s anti-terrorism efforts.

Special Agent Sturgill stated that preventing agroterrorism is the top priority when it comes to biological threats in Arkansas, as the prevention of these threats ensure the state economy does well. These biological threats are largely targeted at the poultry industry, with avian influenza being a major concern. One of the most important ways to combat this threat is proactive outreach and involvement with the poultry industry. Special Agent Sturgill said that Dustan Clark was able to provide his knowledge of avian influenza and biosecurity, as well as his contacts with fellow veterinarians and his willingness to provide facilities for FBI programs.

Associate Vice President Cartwright said the university welcomes “the opportunity to continue the partnership through use of our experts and facilities.”

To learn more about University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and their work with the FBI, read more here.

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