Producer Risk Assessment. in Plant Biosecurity Management. Question:. What is meant by the term “risk assessment”?. Answer:. For the purpose of this course:
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Producer Risk Assessment
in Plant Biosecurity Management
What is meant by the term
For the purpose of this course:
Risk assessment is defined as a producer process to identify existing threats, conditions, and practices that are potentially conducive to theft, vandalism, or a plant biosecurity event.
A risk assessment is one of producers’ first steps to preparedness planning and mitigation activities in plant biosecurity management.
Note: You may also see the term “risk assessment” applied to other segments of the agricultural sector, including for financial planning purposes. Broadly defined, risk assessment is a process to detect the likelihood of exposure to any type of hazardous condition or undesired event that could result in loss of assets.
Is the term “risk assessment”
synonymous with the term
Vulnerability assessment includes estimations
Sources: FEMA; amanet.org
In Lesson One, you learned that experts in government
agencies, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations
believe that the agricultural sector is “highly vulnerable”to
an agroterrorist attack. Those opinions are based upon
Your role as an Extension educator is to help producers
lower their vulnerability to the threat of agroterrorism.
To do this, you will teach producers how to identify risks
that can lead to intentional and unintentional biosecurity
problems, by having them complete a plant biosecurity risk
Risk Assessment . . .
a process to identify hazards, conditions, and
practices that potentially threaten an agricultural
Vulnerability Assessment . . .
a process toevaluate(a)the probability of an
undesirable event caused by an identified risk, and
(b) the consequences of an event on family members,
employees, buildings, machinery, crops, and income.
As Extension professionals often serve in
leadership capacities for local communities, it is
important for you to better understand the elements
of a vulnerability assessment.
Therefore, you will be asked to read a section of
FEMA’s Emergency Management Guide for
Business and Industry later in this lesson. You will
find that the concepts in this reading are also
applicable to agribusiness companies and
Your teaching resources included with this lesson have
simplified versions of a risk assessment checklist
and vulnerability assessment form, both designed for
agricultural producers. Because the introductory-type
materials target only basicskills, your learners will not
become “experts” in these processes.
However, after producers have applied these materials to
their own operation, they will have achieved an understanding
of essential concepts, and become engaged in initial
preparedness planning efforts.
What does a plant biosecurity risk assessment entail?
How will producers use the results from their risk assessment checklist?
The findings from the risk assessment checklist will help producers
Later in this lesson you will have an
opportunity to learn how
Now return to Lesson 3, Teaching Scenario 1
American Management Association (2003, February). Elements of Emergency Planning. Retrieved from AMA at http://www.amanet.org/../../books/catalog/pdfs/0814407188_part1.PDF
Federal Emergency Management Agency (2004, January). Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry. Retrieved from FEMA at http:
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service (2004, June). Rural Security Planning: Protecting Family, Friends, and Farm. Document Number PPP-64.
University of Arkansas (2003) Arkansas Farm Biosecurity Plan. Retrieved from U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service at http://www.uaex.edu/biosecurity/producer/farm_plan/default.asp