In light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, farmers, dealers and equipment manufacturers are advised to take necessary security measures regarding manufacturing, storing, marketing, transporting and utilizing ag machinery and chemicals.

Joanne Kick-Raack, Ohio State University extension's pesticide education program state coordinator, recommends the following actions:

  • Assure locks are case-hardened, tamper-resistant and in top working order.

  • Use cable seal locks to secure individual storage containers.

  • Maintain thorough stock records and perform frequent inventories.

  • Provide exterior lighting and systems for handling emergencies.

  • Post a list of emergency contacts at facility entrance exteriors.

Kick-Raack says security not only involves protecting products but being alert to unusual or suspicious actions by others.

“Ask questions,” she says. “For example, if a customer asks for a pesticide during a time when pesticide application is not warranted, then that should send up red flags.”

Purchases of large amounts of fertilizers should also raise an eyebrow. Fertilizers were used in the attack on the Oklahoma City Federal Building. “Large unwarranted purchases of fertilizer should be reported,” Kick-Raack says.

The following can be contacted to report possible pesticide terrorism. FBI — Chicago office at 312-431-1333 or National Response System at 312-353-2318.