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.
Mar. 23, 2018 - The 40th Mexico-U.S. Commission for the Prevention of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) and other Foreign Animal Diseases (EADC) met in Washington, DC to reemphasize its commitment to safeguarding the United States and Mexico against foreign animal diseases and to work strategically to ensure we have robust responses to foreign disease threats. This was the first meeting of the current Commission, which now includes Mr. Gregory Ibach, USDA Under-Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Mr. Kevin Shea, APHIS Administrator; Ms. Cheryle Blakely, Deputy Administrator-APHIS-IS; Dr. Jack Shere, Chief Veterinary Officer; and Dr. Tami Howard, Veterinary Attaché and Commission Co-Director.
Feb. 5, 2018. - The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi held a ceremony to officially open the APHIS office in Vietnam. U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink, along with APHIS/IS Deputy Administrator Cheryle Blakely, formally opened the office. Guests of the ceremony included officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and various representatives from the agricultural sector. In opening the APHIS office, the U.S. continues to solidify an important relationship between the U.S.–Vietnam. In 2016, Vietnam was the 10th largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, worth $2.7 billion. U.S. agricultural exports grew more than 1,000 percent during the past 10 years.
Mar. 26, 2018 - A Vietnamese delegation headed by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Vice Minister Vũ Văn Tám visited the Washington, DC area to seek comments from FAS, APHIS, FSIS, FDA, and industry on the drafting of Vietnamese animal production laws. The trip was organized by the Food and Agriculture Export Alliance (FAEA). USDA provided presentations on information requested by the delegation in advance of their visit on topics such as animal production, animal health, and food safety.
Dec. 20, 2017 - USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Ted McKinney, visited the Pacora facility on December 1, 2017. During the visit, Under Secretary McKinney received a briefing on the Program’s capabilities and successes from Program Director Dr. Antonio Arroyave and Plant Director Gwen Keller. Working out of the Program’s facility in Pacora, Panama, IS specialists work to keep screwworm, a harmful pest that attacks warm-blooded animals, from returning to the United States.