HARLINGEN, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations Port of Brownsville agriculture specialists hosted an Agriculture Expo and Career Fair in collaboration with USDA at the Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, Texas. The event was attended by college students at Texas State Technical College and high school students from the area.
“Protecting agriculture is an important part of the CBP mission,” said Deputy Port Director Bob Parker, Brownsville Port of Entry. “CBP agriculture specialists play an important and challenging role in protecting American agriculture.”
The Agriculture Expo and Career Fair was hosted by the Port of Brownsville agriculture specialists and included the participation of various components within CBP and USDA. It highlighted the importance of increasing compliance and presented an opportunity to inform the public of careers related to the United States agriculture. CBP Frontline Recruitment representatives from Field Operations, Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations were present to conduct recruiting and answer questions from potential applicants. Other components who participated providing displays include USDA, APHIS, and PPQ Plant Inspection Station, the Agricultural Research Service and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
The event was developed as an outreach to inform the public on how local, state and federal agencies play an important role in supporting our local agriculture interests as well and explaining import requirements for the most common agriculture products during the Holy Week and Easter weekend. The goal is to provide useful information and help travelers become familiar with CBP’s agriculture regulations so that the public is more able to comply.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.