Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP)

Instructor-Led Course

Agriculture and Food Vulnerability Assessment Training


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This course is designed to provide agriculture and food facility managers and officials at the federal, state, county, and local levels with performance and planning-based tools to assess vulnerabilities for all agriculture and food facilities. Facilities and operations considered “at risk” can reduce or eliminate that risk through appropriate planning and training. Training includes interactive exercises and case studies to stimulate problem-based learning.


This course will introduce the use of CARVER plus Shock as a practical tool for assessment and identification of critical nodes within an agricultural or food processing facility. Federal and industry guidelines that provide an assessment framework for individual facilities will also be discussed. The course will train participants in the application of CARVER plus Shock through a variety of practical exercises to stimulate problem-based learning.

Target Audience

The target audience for this course is the agriculture and the food industry, as well as officials at the federal, state, county, and local levels. Other participants from local communities involved in food and agriculture security planning may also be included in the course audience depending on local needs.

Course Offerings

Currently, this course is not scheduled. If you are interested in scheduling this course, please contact us at


Instructor-led courses fees vary due to the cost of materials and course production. Please contact us for costing information.


20 hours



Time Allocation


Course Overview and Administration of Pre-Test

1 hour


Common Areas of Vulnerability for Agriculture and Food Supply Systems and Evaluation of Facilities on a Community-Wide Basis

2 hours


Introduction to Assessment Tools

1.5 hours


Assessment of Vulnerabilities at an Agriculture Facility

2 hours


Assessment of Vulnerabilities at a Food Processing Facility

2.5 hours


Complexities of the Transportation and Supply Chain

1.5 hours


Developing Comprehensive Mitigation Strategies to Harden Targets

2 hours


Practical Exercises

2.5 hours


Course Summary, Evaluation and Administration of Post-Test

1 hour


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