At a House Agriculture Committee hearing, farm groups and many lawmakers raised objections to shifting APHIS
to the new agency.
Requiring a training program so that personnel are prepared to implement and comply with the APHIS
A report issued by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and released earlier last week made a lot of "similar" conclusions as APHIS
did in preparing the proposals, Smith said.
Two years ago, APHIS
reported that new pest introductions were being detected at a rate of one every twelve days.
Our intention is to complement the efforts of our partners at CDFA and USDA APHIS
who have both the expertise and authority for overseeing infestations of EGVM," said Ed Burton, State Conservationist for NRCS.
169) However, APHIS
stated that it will be receptive to
2010), Western Africa in 2010 (USDA APHIS
2011), Sudan and Ethiopia in 2011 (Anon.
The administration proposes that some of the cuts in the APHIS
budget reflect "a change in focus for managing pests .
has confirmed the presence of trace levels of genetic material not yet approved for commercialization in Clearfield 131 (CL131) rice seed," APHIS
said, adding, "This seed is not an option for planting this crop season.
officials told us that the funds to support work on diagnostic tools remain insufficient.
If a shipment is stopped at the point of entry, the exporter should call the state APHIS
office and speak to the contact point officer, who should be able to resolve the issue within 2 to 3 days.
gives final approval, VMRD can sell the tests.