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Multi-State Agriculture Partnership Council Meets in Philadelphia

Release Date: 
September 28, 2010

Philadelphia - The Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Partnership Council held its ninth meeting last week in Philadelphia.

 

Kevin Harriger, CBP acting executive director for APTL, briefs CBP Deputy Assistant Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and USDA Deputy Administrator Rebecca Bech.

Kevin Harriger, CBP acting executive director for APTL, briefs CBP Deputy Assistant Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and USDA Deputy Administrator Rebecca Bech.
Chartered in 2007, AQIPC advises and recommends agriculture inspection policy and process improvements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Joint Agency Task Force, and fosters open communication between federal and state agriculture agencies.
Co-chaired by CBP Assistant Commissioner for Field Operations Thomas Winkowski and Deputy Administrator Rebecca Bech of USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine, AQIPC met on Tuesday. CBP Deputy Assistant Commissioner Kevin McAleenan represented Winkowski as co-chair during the event in Winkowski's absence.

In addition to CBP and USDA, AQIPC members include state agriculture officials from California, Florida, Minnesota, New York and Tennessee.

The 9th meeting of the AQIPC was held in Philadelphia on Sept. 21-22, 2010.

The 9th meeting of the AQIPC was held in Philadelphia on Sept. 21-22, 2010.

"The Partnership Council provides state government officials a forum to discuss innovative alternatives for process and policy that may result in improvements to program delivery," said Kevin C. Harriger, acting executive director of CBP's Office of Field Operations Agriculture Programs and Trade Liaison. "Additionally, CBP has experienced the benefits from greater two-way communication between CBP and its valued stakeholders."

CBP's Office of Field Operations includes oversight of the agriculture specialists that work at U.S. ports of entry. CBP agriculture specialists inspect plant and animal products imported commercially or carried by the traveling public to guard against harmful insects, and animal and plant diseases. These threats could cause a devastating and costly impact on U.S. meat and produce industries.

Additionally, AQIPC members visited marine terminals in Gloucester City, N.J. and Philadelphia on Wednesday for briefings and to observe CBP agriculture inspection operations.

The initial council meeting occurred in January 2008. The council meets as many as three times annually. The previous council meeting occurred in April in San Diego.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017