On November 5, 2019, the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense convened a meeting, Too Great a Thing to Leave Undone: Defense of Agriculture, to inform its continuing assessment of the biological threat, specific vulnerabilities, and overwhelming consequences to agricultural producers. Topics discussed at this meeting included:
- The catastrophic risks to all components of agriculture;
- Land grant university contributions to national security;
- Public-private partnerships for agrodefense; and
- Challenges to agricultural surveillance, detection, response, and recovery across all levels of government and throughout the private sector.
Speakers shared their perspectives, experiences, challenges, and recommended solutions with regard to agrodefense, and talked about public and private sector responsibilities to protect U.S. agriculture.