U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea moderates the panel on Protecting U.S. Animal and Plant Health from Invasive Pests at the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 in Arlington, VA. The panel discussed how USDA is protecting U.S. agricultural health from invasive pests in times of diverging stakeholder interests and constraining resources. The session focused on USDAâs collaborative work with States, industries, and international trade. (L to R Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross, Mountain Farms Incorporated Health Services Director G. Donald Ritter, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service (FFAS) Senior Counselor Suzanne Heinen). The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) annual Agricultural Outlook Forum brings together the agricultural community to discuss policy, trade, science, rural development, and the economic outlook for the coming year. The Forum also focuses on forestry, health and nutrition issues, and the changing dynamics and face of rural America. USDA photo by Bob Nichols.
April 17, 2014
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