APHIS works to protect the health and value of American agriculture and natural resources. APHIS International Services (IS) supports this mission in an international environment by: (1) collaborating with foreign partners to control pests and diseases before they can harm the U.S.; (2) facilitating safe agricultural trade; (3) ensuring effective and efficient management of internationally-based programs; and (4) investing in international capacity-building with foreign counterparts to build technical and regulatory skills that prevent the spread of damaging pests and diseases.
Sept. 14, 2017 - APHIS International Services (IS) office in Brasilia organized a Workshop for First Responders to an HPAI Outbreak. Taught by instructors from APHIS IS offices in Bolivia and Brazil; Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture; and the veterinary schools of the University of Brasilia, and Mississippi State University, the workshop hosted 47 attendees from 11 countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Uruguay. "The workshop enhances South America's capability to combat any future HPAI outbreaks and is in keeping with APHIS’ work to spread scientific knowledge and strengthen agricultural safeguarding systems,” said Dr. Conrad Estrada, IS Area Director for Brazil.
June 15, 2017 - Most of Mexico's exports to the U.S. are “raw” products, including fruits and vegetables. Because these may harbor fruit flies and other exotic pests, it is critical to have reliable phytosanitary measures in place to regulate this trade. International Services (IS) Mexico City office oversees 10 other offices in Mexico and works closely with the U.S. Embassy Mexico to ensure proper agricultural safeguarding measures are in place with our nation’s largest agricultural trading partner. The U.S. exported $18 billion in agricultural products to Mexico in 2016 while importing $23 billion.
June 15, 2017 - The US Ambassador to Panama, John Feeley; along with APHIS Veterinary Services Administrator, Dr. Jack Shere; and IS Associate Deputy Administrator, Rebecca Bech praised the work of the US-Panama Cooperative Screwworm Program (COPEG) staff in a June 7, 2017 ceremony at the COPEG facility in Panama.
June 15, 2017 - Vampire bats' ability to carry the rabies virus and cross borders makes them a threat to U.S. cattle, sheep, horses, pigs, pets, and wildlife. Damage to livestock potentially can run into the millions. Evidence that vampire bats are moving north and will eventually enter the United States calls for close collaboration between American authorities and their Mexican counterparts.