There is one summary for S.427. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (02/24/2003)

Agriculture Security Assistance Act - Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to: (1) assist States to develop agricultural disease response plans, including regional and national plans; (2) conduct a related modeling and statistical analysis study; (3) provide State grants for epidemiological assessment use of geographic information and statistical analysis models in the event of agricultural disease emergencies; (4) implement a biosecurity awareness program for farmers and ranchers, including on-farm biosecurity guidelines and discretionary education programs; and (5) establish a farm and ranch biosecurity grant and loan pilot program.

Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide grants for State and local animal health care officials to participate in community emergency planning.