Billy Dictson is Director, Office of Biosecurity for the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. He also Co-Directs the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center. He has served in these positions for over seven years after retiring as Associate Dean and Director of the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service in 2002. In this capacity he and others in the center conduct all agriculture training and exercises for the NM State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
He is an adjunct instructor for the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training Academy of Counter Terrorist Education at LSU and assisted in developing several courses for them. He was also a member of the team that developed five DSH certified courses in cooperation with the University of Tennessee and is a certified adjunct instructor for the Center for Agriculture and Food Safety and Defense, in the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Billy is a member of the New Mexico Agriculture Livestock Incident Response Team (NM-ALIRT). This is a cooperative effort of private large animal veterinarians, University of Arizona, NMSU and NMDA. The mission of ALIRT is to detect and respond to potential FAD intrusions into the state. Billy helped organize the Agroguard Program in New Mexico which is a neighborhood watch type program for agriculture. The program is sponsored by six agencies and features a NM State Police telephone number to report suspicious activity.
Billy has helped coordinate and teach many statewide biosecurity training conferences and exercises in New Mexico since 9/11. He also teaches agrosecurity courses throughout the US. Billy has been recognized by the FBI for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest. He was named Chair of the Extension Disaster Education Network Agrosecurity Committee which has focused EDEN and the Extension System to the issues surrounding agriculture emergencies whether they are natural, accidental or criminal in nature. He co-chairs a coalition of ten universities who developed the Strengthen Communities Agriculture Planning (S-CAP) training which has been delivered in 20 states. This training teaches counties how to develop county agriculture emergency plans. Billy is active in border issues with the Border Patrol, APHIS/AVIC, FBI, US Attorney's and others and helped coordinated three Border Governors ten state exercises. California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and the Mexican states of Sonora, Baja California, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Coahuila participated along with Federal Mexican officials. Billy served as President of the 5,000 member National Association of County Agriculture Agents in 1986 and is a graduate of the FBI Citizen's Academy. Billy is serving a six year governor appointed term on the New Mexico Livestock Board. He serves as chair of the bio security committee.