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NMSU lecture examines 'Challenges to the U.S. Food Supply'

Billy Dictson, director of Biosecurity for the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center at New Mexico State University's College of Agriculture and Home Economics, will present a lecture entitled "Challenges to the U.S. Food Supply" at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.


The lecture is part of the monthly lecture series hosted by the museum. The lecture will be in the museum's auditorium.

Dictson will talk about the global food supply system and some of the recent contamination issues such as the spinach e-coli incident, meat and peanut butter recalls, and the risk factors because of the globalization of the market. He will also discuss the effect natural or criminal events pose to producers and processors of food.

"We still have a safe food supply but potential terrorism puts us at added risk," Dictson said.

Dictson teaches agroterrorism classes nationally and the center is charged with training and exercises in this area by the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security.