Stefanik Cosponsors Legislation to Establish Office of Intelligence at USDA

March 9, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik helped introduce the Agriculture Intelligence Measures (AIM) Act. This legislation would ensure the Secretary of Agriculture is fully informed of all imminent domestic and foreign threats against American agriculture.

“In the North Country, we are especially fortunate to have safe and reliable access to an abundant food supply thanks to our farmers and agribusinesses, but the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly taught us that the supply chain is vulnerable and must be protected. I am proud to cosponsor this legislation to encourage interagency coordination and protect our farms, food, and industry from threats both foreign and domestic,” said Congresswoman Stefanik.

Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01) who helped co-lead the bill added, “Because of the hard work of our farmers and researchers, Americans enjoy the most dependable food system in the world. However, the complex supply chain and invaluable nature of the agriculture industry means it is particularly vulnerable. Over the last year, we’ve all seen the chaos that can come from a single pathogen or uncertainty in the grocery store aisles. Agriculture security is national security, and the AIM Act is a critical first step to safer food, safer farms, and a safer future.”