We are sad to report a USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) employee received a phone threat while on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour from someone not involved with the tour. As a precaution, USDA immediately pulled all their staff out of the event. Federal Protective Services are investigating the incident.
We are taking the threat very seriously and the safety of all those involved in Tour is our top priority. As a precaution, we are taking steps to secure the remaining location venues, adding security personal at the live events as well as asking staff and crop tour scouts to remain aware and report any concerns immediately.
Lance Honig, crops chief at NASS, and other USDA staffers have canceled meeting appearances for Wednesday.
“For 27 years the Pro Farmer Crop Tour has been a public service for the benefit of agriculture, in good times and bad. And it’s clearly a stressful time right now. From minute one we took this threat very seriously and have taken all steps possible to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the tour,” says Andy Weber, CEO of Farm Journal and the parent company of Pro Farmer.