Review your farm's security program
What can you do to keep your farm safe? Here are a few tips from U.S. Department of Agriculture.
♦ Be aware. Know who your law enforcement officials are and how to contact them. Also, you should regularly check the health of your animals and diligently scout your crops.
♦ Be bold. Know your employees, monitor visitors and ask strangers for photo identification. Establish a system to promote ongoing security consciousness.
♦ Be careful. You should have adequate outside lights and/or backup energy sources. Consider adding alarms, cameras, motion detection lights and other appropriate security enhancements.
♦ Be diligent. You should lock doors and windows in addition to equipment and feed storage areas. Schedule and monitor all deliveries and maintenance.
♦ Be enterprising. Inspect all feed, equipment and other inputs for signs of tampering. Also, develop alternative water and feed sources as backups.
♦ Be focused. Limit access to storage areas. In addition, practice operation shutdown, reporting, quarantine and evacuation procedures.
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