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Feb. 20, 2018
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
(Newsrooms: With downloadable photos https://www.flickr.com/gp/uacescomm/KB201Z ) Download Word version
LITTLE ROCK – The FBI has recognized the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture for its help in the agency’s efforts to fight agroterrorism over the last
Special Agent C. Daniel Sturgill, Fort Smith, Arkansas-based weapons of mass destruction
coordinator for the FBI, presented a plaque Feb. 12 to a trio of Division of Agriculture
faculty and administrators in a low-key ceremony at the state office of the Cooperative
Extension Service in Little Rock.
Receiving the plaque were Dustan Clark, associate director of the Center of Excellence
for Poultry Science and extension veterinarian for the Division of Agriculture; Rick
Cartwright, associate vice president-agriculture-extension; and Vic Ford, interim
associate director-extension-agriculture and natural resources.
“Agroterrorism is our No. 1 priority when it comes to biological threats in our state,”
Sturgill said. “We have to safeguard our state, our poultry industry, our agricultural
industry in our state to ensure our economy does well.
“When it comes to biologicals, we are worried about avian influenza,” he said. “One
of the most important things in dealing with agroterrorisim is outreach and getting
involved with the poultry industry.” Sturgill said that’s where Clark came in with
his knowledge of avian influenza and biosecurity, as well as his contacts with fellow
veterinarians and his willingness to provide facilities for FBI programs.
Sturgill also praised John Marcy, extension poultry processing specialist and Heidi
Ward, extension veterinarian based in Little Rock, for their partnership in the FBI’s
“We are privileged to be able to help in these efforts to keep our people and our
food supply safe,” said Cartwright. “And we welcome the opportunity to continue the
partnership through use of our experts and facilities.”
For more information on biosecurity in agriculture, visit https://www.uaex.uada.edu/farm-ranch/biosecurity/.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com