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The Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center (SWBFSDC) was formed in 2005 by NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Cooperative Extension Service (CES) and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. The Center helps protect the nation's food supply against security threats ranging from foodborne illnesses to supply disruptions to agroterrorism.

The SWBFSDC assesses the security of agriculture operations and provides training for farmers, dairy and livestock producers, public health officials, law enforcement and the public. The Center maintains first-response trailers in Albuquerque, Clovis and Las Cruces stocked with equipment to help officials respond to an agriculture emergency, and distributes emergency preparedness kits at various events across New Mexico. National/International Impact

The NM Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has designated the Center as the training point of contact for all approved training opportunities that are certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. We host exercises with partners from across New Mexico in addition to the 10 states along the U.S./Mexico border. SWBFSDC staff, with our partnering universities, developed five Department of Homeland Security-certified training courses that are taught nationwide.

SWBFSDC's model for CES helps counties develop agriculture preparedness plans. Our S-CAP Project trains county personnel across the country to write an agriculture emergency operations plan annex to their all hazards emergency plan. Another program, the Syndromic Surveillance Project, is quickly becoming the model for animal disease surveillance across the United States. Statewide Impact

In the majority of New Mexico's 33 counties, agriculture is the #1 economic engine and the Center works diligently to protect this important sector. We train CES agents and specialists (including agriculture agents, home economists and nutrition educators) and NMDA personnel in agriculture security, food safety, and family, business and community preparedness. In 2009 alone, our training reached just over 61,000 New Mexicans.

SW Border Food Safety and Defense Center Members


John Wenzel, DVM
Extension Veterinarian
Cooperative Extension Service
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
PO Box 30003 MSC 3AE
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Office: 575-646-3019
Cell: 575-202-0481
E-mail: jwenzel@nmsu.edu

Dustin Cox
Director of Technical Operations
Veterinary Diagnostic Services
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
1101 Camino de Salud NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Office: 505- 383-9299
Cell: 505-220-8251
E-mail: dcox@nmda.nmsu.edu

Paul Ettestad, DVM, MS
State Public Health Veterinarian
Epidemiology and Response Division
New Mexico Department of Health
505-827-0006
E-mail: paul.ettestad@state.nm.us

Tim Hanosh, DVM
Director, NMVDS
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
1101 Camino de Salud NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4519
Office: 505-383-9299
Cell: 505-414-4938
E-mail: thanosh@nmda.nmsu.edu

Alfred Reeb
Dairy Division Director
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
2604 Aztec, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Office: 505-841-9425
Cell: 505-220-8198
E-mail: Alf@nmda.nmsu.edu

Tom Dean
Southwest District Department Head
Cooperative Extension Service
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
PO Box 30003 MSC 3AE
Las Cruces, NM 88003
575-646-5819
E-mail: tdean@nmsu.edu

Anthony Elsworth, Intelligence Specialist
US Attorney's Office-District Of NM
2013 street Nw, Ste 900
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Office: 505-224-1431
Cell: 505-350-7130
E-mail: Anthony.Elsworth@usdoj.gov

Nancy Flores, Food Techical Specialist/Associate Professor
Extension Family and Consumer Sciences
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
PO Box 30003 MSC 3AE
Las Cruces, NM 88003
575-646-3936
E-mail:naflores@nmsu.edu

Natalie Goldberg
Department Head/Plant Pathologist
Cooperative Extension Service
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
PO Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003
575-646-1621
E-mail: ngoldber@nmsu.edu

Robert Silver
Associate Director
A.C.E.S
College of Agricultural
PO Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003
575-646-7038
E-mail: rsilver@nmsu.edu

Thank You to Our Founding Members!


Billy Dictson
Bobby Dictson
Jeff Witte