• Dairy Farm near Poesta, IA, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

The Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP)

We are located at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, TN. Founded in October of 2006, the Center is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the safety of agriculture and the food supply through the conduct of investigation and research, and through the provision of high quality educational and training programs. The Center, under the direction of Dr. Sharon Thompson, combines the expertise of University of Tennessee faculty with other institutions across the country to address current issues related to food defense, food safety, foreign animal diseases, emergency preparedness, and more. The Center serves as a focal point for several key national initiatives to protect agriculture and the food supply from terrorist threats, and to promote safer food production and processing practices.

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