Rep. Rick Crawford to Newsmax: AIM Act Would Fight Cyberattacks on Agriculture

Jun 01, 2021
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Rep. Rick Crawford to Newsmax: AIM Act Would Fight Cyberattacks on Agriculture

Written and Published by KABC Staff

Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., tells Newsmax that after the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline last month, he told fellow members of Congress that it was only a matter of time before the same thing happened to the food industry. Three weeks later it has.

The cyber attack on the world’s largest meat producer, JBS, now promises to raise beef prices much the same as the Colonial hack caused a spike in gasoline prices.

Crawford, along with other House members earlier this year reintroduced the Agricultural Intelligence Measures (AIM) Act that would establish an Office of Intelligence within the U.S. Department of Agriculture “to leverage the capabilities of the intelligence community to ensure the Secretary of Agriculture is fully informed of all imminent threats and American agriculture is safe from all threats both foreign and domestic,” according to Crawford’s office.

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