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CBP Hosts Agricultural Open House at Texas State Technical College Student Center

Release Date: 
February 12, 2013

 

In fiscal year 2012, CBP officers and agriculture specialists within the Laredo Field Office intercepted a total of 13,553 pests.

CBP agricultural specialists at Brownsville, Texas hosted an expo to educate the public about harmful plant diseases and pests.

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection's agriculture specialists, import specialists, CBP officers and Border Patrol agents along with U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Protection and Quarantine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, USDA Veterinary Services, U.S. Department of Domestic Programs, and the Texas Department of Agriculture hosted an agricultural open house at Texas State Technical College Student Center at 1902 North Loop 499, Harlingen. Agriculture specialists and CBP officers are hard at work to ensure that plant diseases and plant pests are detected and prevented from being introduced into the United States where they could cause harm.

"We at CBP along with our agriculture specialists work closely with our local, state and federal agriculture partners to bring Agriculture Expos to TSTC students, faculty and the general public as a way of giving them a hands-on perspective of agriculture inspections, and a first-hand working knowledge on how CBP protects the Rio Grande Valley's agricultural industry," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director in Brownsville.

Agriculture specialists and CBP officers continue to be our guardians at the ports of entry to prevent the introduction of harmful plant pests and foreign animal diseases into the United States' domestic agricultural industries. In fiscal year 2012, CBP officers and agriculture specialists within the Laredo Field Office intercepted a total of 13,553 pests. They also made 22,518 interceptions of quarantined animal materials. CBP in South Texas also tallied 100,338 interceptions of quarantined plant materials in FY 2012.

CBP agriculture specialists, and officers from USDA, FDA and FWL have teamed up for this event and had several exhibit stations. Topics such as history of agricultural inspections, citrus greening disease, classical swine fever, cut flowers, FDA importation requirements, Fish and Wildlife regulations and many more were on display.

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February 9, 2017