2012 Agriculture Stakeholder Conference: Pests, Pathways, and Partnerships

Registration is due by June 15th!

Where/When:  July 17-18, 2012, Tuesday-Wednesday, APHIS Headquarters, 4700 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, MD

From the USDA/APHIS:

Please join the USDA, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the 2012 Agriculture Stakeholder Conference: Pests, Pathways, and Partnerships.  The purpose of this 2-day conference is to discuss the future of Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) initiatives and to garner input on how CBP and APHIS can better serve stakeholder needs. This conference will bring together diverse stakeholder groups representing the animal product, plant product, and shipping industries as well federal and state regulatory officials to engage in an open dialogue centered on pest exclusion efforts and trade facilitation.

The Conference will feature invited speakers:

USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Rebecca Blue*

DHS Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector, Douglas A. Smith

APHIS Administrator, Gregory L. Parham*

Acting CBP Commissioner, David V. Aguilar

PPQ Deputy Administrator, Rebecca A. Bech* and

Acting CBP Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, Kevin K. McAleenan*

* Confirmed

Registration and Additional Information

Registration information and conference details are available on line at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/agstakeholder/index.shtml

 For more information please contact Melonie Torillo at (301) 851-2269 (Melonie.J.Torillo@aphis.usda.gov).

 Note: If you are a Federal employee please contact Nicole Russo (301) 851-2159 (Nicole.L.russo@aphis.usda.gov) prior to registering.

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