Thursday, June 23, 2005

Agricultural Terrorism

I'm pretty sure that this story from the Kentucky Post implies that in Minnesota, we should be having our Homeland Security drills a.) in sugarbeet fields ("Minnesota has been the leading sugarbeet-producing state since 1989 and the leading state 8 out of the last 10 years, while North Dakota has been ranked fourth for the last 10 years"), b.) at the Spam Museum Jam 2005 (with Tom Bosley, Kurtwood Smith and Jim Belushi [who will also be playing with his band] - don't get too excited, it was 5 days ago) or c.) in those big, stinky turkey huts you see all over the place.

Andrew Cline, the agency's deputy director, said Kentucky's large rural population prompted program coordinators to center this exercise around agriculture. Likewise, he said since Kentucky is one of the nation's top five goat-producing states, setting the attack at a goat show seemed plausible.

The goats "have been infected with a bio-agent. ... Then, the infected goats are at the show and you have people come and look at the goats and pet the goats and then they go home," Cline said, summarizing the day's scenario.

"We try to focus on what really matters to Kentucky," he said, adding, "this is a perfect way to do it."

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