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Passed House amended (09/26/2016)

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on September 19, 2016. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Securing our Agriculture and Food Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs to carry out a program to coordinate Department of Homeland Security (DHS) efforts related to defending the food, agriculture, and veterinary systems of the United States against terrorism and other high-consequence events that pose a high risk to homeland security.

Such program shall include:

  • providing oversight and management of DHS's responsibilities pursuant to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 9 - Defense of United States Agriculture and Food;
  • providing oversight and integration of DHS activities related to veterinary public health, food defense, and agricultural security;
  • leading DHS policy initiatives relating to food, animal, and agricultural incidents and to overall domestic preparedness for, and collective response to, agricultural terrorism;
  • coordinating with other DHS components, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on activities related to food and agriculture security and screening procedures for domestic and imported products; and
  • coordinating with appropriate federal departments and agencies.