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.
November 29, 2016 - APHIS International Services' Vienna office has reached an agreement with the Republic of Azerbaijan on a veterinary health certificate for breeding cattle exported from the United States. This is the first bilateral agreement APHIS has signed with that country and marks a significant step towards opening additional markets for other live animals and bovine semen, bovine embryos, and hatching eggs to that country. Azerbaijan’s President’s Reserve Fund has allocated the equivalent of more than $14.3 million to develop cattle breeding, cattle imports, and support cattle sales by agricultural producers.
Nov. 8, 2016 - International Services’ staff in Brasilia, along with APHIS Veterinary Services (VS), The APHIS-IS in Brasilia organized a capacity building workshop, “HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response Workshop,” in Brasilia, Brazil. Fifty veterinarians from South America attended the workshop, where they heard speakers from the veterinary services of Brazil, Chile, and Peru discuss surveillance techniques, emergency response, depopulation, cleaning and disinfection, and analyses of the epidemiological and commercial impact of a HPAI outbreak.
Dec. 9, 2016 - APHIS Associate Administrator Dr. Jere Dick represented APHIS at the 10th Crisis Management Centre for Animal Health (CMC-AH) in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Steering Committee, meeting with senior FAO officials to develop a strategy for enhancing CMC-AH. The CMC-AH’s animal disease mission will expand to build capacity for emergency preparedness, including prevention, detection, response and recovery, while maintaining emergency response deployments to countries with transboundary animal disease incursions.
In 2006, at the height of fears about pandemic flu, APHIS played a key role in establishing the CMC-AH, one of the global pillars of support to countries who are dealing with such outbreaks. With its popular Good Emergency Management Practice (GEMP) manual and workshops, the CMC-AH is well positioned to successfully build upon its past successes.
Dec. 9, 2016 - The staff of International Services office Bogota, Colombia visited the Colombian Institute for Agriculture (ICA) on November 22 and 23 to review issues of mutual interest related to agricultural trade between Colombia and the United States. The visit was one of a series of regular cooperative and technical exchanges that IS and ICA have held. “These meetings have strengthened our relationships with Colombia and helped promote safe trade in both directions,” said Marc Gilkey, IS regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Gilkey said the ties built over the years mean that Colombia now imports live U.S. cattle for breeding and is looking forward to the importation of U.S. live sheep and goats the same as embryos.