Protection of U.S. Agricultural Resources From Foreign Pests Topic of Visit Federal-State Partnerships Emphasized
OAKLAND – California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary A. G. Kawamura.will tour the Port of Oakland with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner W. Ralph Basham. Commissioner Basham will highlight CBP’s vital role in the protection of U.S. agricultural resources. The CBP Agriculture Specialist and the CBP Officer at U.S. ports of entry and international mail facilities target, detect, intercept, and thereby prevent the entry of potential agriculture threats. Each year, CBP Agriculture Specialists intercept tens of thousands of “actionable pests” – those identified through scientific risk assessment and study as being dangerous to the health and safety of U.S. agricultural resources. Secretary Kawamura and Commissioner Basham will emphasize the importance of collaborative efforts between federal and state agriculture inspections to safeguard agriculture, natural resources, and California’s and our nation’s economy.
Event: Informal media availability following the tour
Time: Noon (12:00 pm PDT)
Location: Bobac C.F.S. Corporation
California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs
1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814