Since 1998, SES has supported agricultural producers and organizations. Agricultural producers and producer associations were among our first clients and we continue to support them with our unique services. SES provides services to a wide variety of producers and agricultural organizations including:
- The United States Department of Agriculture
- The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
- The Multi-State Partnership for Security in Agriculture
- Various State Departments of Agriculture
- Various Large Livestock Producers
- Various Carbon Aggregators
- The US Environmental Protection Agency
Supply Chain Resiliency Services: Biosecurity for the Livestock/Poultry Industry
SES staff are the leaders in the field of food and agricultural security. Through numerous programs and projects, SES staff have developed an intimate understanding of the livestock and poultry (layer and meat bird) systems and their vulnerabilities to introduction of foreign animal diseases (FAD), including highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). Our staff is trained in the Incident Command System (ICS) and have been involved in numerous exercises, planning activities and responses to manmade and natural disasters and outbreaks of FADs in the United States and around the world. Our services directly related to these issues include:
- Supply chain risk assessment (resiliency assessment)
- On-farm/complex biosecurity reviews, announced or unannounced
- Disease watch
- Contingency Planning (How to properly respond during a FAD outbreak)
- Response liaison
- Risk mitigation through program development and implementation
- Recovery assistance
Nutrient Management: SES provides many services to the agricultural community, including nutrient management and program development. SES helped develop the Comprehensive Livestock Environmental Assessment and Nutrient Management Program (CLEANmp-West). CLEANmp-West provides grant funded environmental assessments and nutrient management plans to livestock producers west of the Mississippi River.
Odor Control and Monitoring: SES has provided scientific support regarding odor issues associated with livestock production and municipal waste disposal. This support includes evaluation of the numerous odor control and monitoring technologies available on the market, and odor sampling. SES developed the Chapter for Odor in the USDA’s National Engineering Handbook.
Carbon Offsets: SES is a leader in the emerging agricultural carbon offset market. SES is currently an approved verifier of carbon offset projects under for the California Air Resources Board (ARB). In the past, SES has verified agricultural offset projects in the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia. SES defines carbon footprints for agricultural organizations and assists food producers with mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting to the US EPA.
Agroterrorism: As a recognized leader in the area of agri-security, SES has developed agricultural emergency response plans for more than 15 states and organizations. SES has provided local planning and training on the issue of livestock disease response throughout four states; directly reaching more than 10,000 producers and response officials. SES conducted the first cross-border functional exercise between the United States and Mexico combining a livestock and plant disease scenario. SES also is currently developing the nation’s first animal stop movement full-scale exercise between multiple states.
SES can continue to provide these important services because of our dedicated staff. Our staff includes certified professional soil scientists, animal scientists, environmental scientists, policy specialists, biologists, chemists, engineers and veterinarians. We average more than 15 years of practical and applied experience, and participate in continuing education programs with most of our staff completing a Master’s Degree in a related field.
One of our primary business areas is in providing services to the agricultural industry. If SES can assist you with any agricultural issue, please contact Eric Hess, or Amber Wilson at 913-307-0046.