Gene Field has been working in the field of emergency management and homeland security for the past thirty three years. Mr. Field is a retiree from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency where he spent several years as a regional coordinator and then as the lead emergency planner for the State. During his time at IEMA, he responded to many major disasters, including the “Great Mississippi River Flood” of 1993. His principal areas of expertise include agroterrorism, food safety/security, emergency preparedness plan development, exercise design, and training for natural and man-made disasters and their consequences. He is also a field instructor with the Illinois Fire Service Institute and the Western Institute for Food Safety & Security at the University of California, Davis. He is a licensed radiographic and nuclear medicine technologist. Gene has a small farming operation with his family near Girard in Macoupin County IL. Mr. Field is a graduate of the University of Saint Francis in Joliet IL with a BS in Health Arts.