The threat of agro-terrorism is real, and a partnership between Illinois agriculture organizations and law enforcement agencies hopes to protect Illinois farms, consumers and food systems from those threats. This partnership, called the Illinois Agro-Security Working Group, aims to raise awareness of this issue among those in the agriculture and food production industries.

According to, a service of the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), the Illinois Agro-Security Working Group was created to educate farmers on how to recognize, report and prevent crime and terrorist activities in and around Illinois agriculture.