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May 23, 2003

Leesburg--Georgia Agriculture officials want all the states to work together in protecting the food supply from terrorism.

Commissioner Tommy Irvin has written the federal ag department in Washington, D.C., asking that they do a risk management study of all 50 states. He wants to know if federal inspectors can help identify areas that terrorists might strike farms or food suppliers.

Irvin also wants the states to share ideas of homeland security in agriculture. Irvin says he is confident Georgia agriculture has built up safety factors.

Irvin said"We tell people they should keep things like nitrogen under a lock and key. Farm chemicals should be kept in a safe and reportable area on the farm, as well at the retail or wholesale outlets. We think we are right on top of that issue."

 Irvin said Georgia agriculture leaders are on high alert, along with the homeland security rating.

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