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The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office in Orange City.

This year’s focus is on cybersecurity issues for food producers including farmers, manufacturers, and processors.

“Cybersecurity is a bigger problem than many realize, unless they have been directly affected,” said Fred Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “There will be four presentations all relating back to the issue of cybersecurity and our food supply providers.”

On-Farm Cybersecurity Threats

During the first presentation, “On-Farm Cybersecurity Threats,” Dr. Doug Jacobson will help producers understand where threats are and how they can manifest in farm systems.

Jacobson is Director of the ISU Center for Cybersecurity Innovation and Outreach, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the lead PI in the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity sponsored ReCIPE coalition which is focused on securing cyber-physical systems. Doug also created the Iowa Cyber Hub which is dedicated to increasing the cyber workforce in Iowa.

The Law and Cyber Security

Special Agent Ward Crawley of the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crime Bureau knows that living in the Digital Age makes life simpler for us, but also for the bad guys! He is working to combat the surge of cybercrime in Iowa food producers and processors.

Crawley is a lifelong resident of Iowa. He received his undergraduate degree from ISU in 1995. Later that year, he graduated from the Iowa Department of Public Safety Basic Academy and began his employment with the Division of Criminal Investigation. While working for the DCI, Ward has been assigned to the Casino Gaming Unit, the DPS Intelligence Bureau, and most recently, the Cyber Crime Bureau.

Safeguarding Your Social Media Sites

ISU Network Field Specialist Scott Saunders believes that social media - specifically Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - are useful tools to promote your business, but they also come with cybersecurity risks. He will walk through ways to protect yourself and your business.

“What Are You Doing to Protect Your Farm?” Dairy Producer Panel Discussion

Dairy producer panel moderator, Deb Wehde, is a field representative for Agropur. She works with dairy farmers in South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota who sell their milk to the company’s cheese plant in Hull. She will lead the discussion with local dairy producers on what cybersecurity issues they are concerned with. The producer panel will feature Kurt Wierda, Plymouth Dairy; Anthony Nunes, NuStar Dairy; and Michael Nettinga, M&M Dairy.

There is no registration fee to attend the program, but registration is required by calling 712-737-4230 or online at Deadline to register is Nov. 30.

For more information, contact Hall at 712-737-4230 or