Commentary

One of the things USDA does for our country

Plant Protection & Quarantine (PPQ)

The United States Department of Agriculture doesn’t just set regulations to set them. The organization is meant to protect our environment, help U.S. agriculture thrive, and keep our people safe from foreign plants & their effects on our local environment.

Every day, PPQ employees and our partners give their all to deliver extraordinary results for U.S. agriculture.  In 2016, PPQ achieved one of their top ten goals: eliminating European grapevine moth from the United States. USDA’s PPQ also eradicated 10 fruit fly outbreaks and achieved 4 years with zero detections of pink bollworm, moving the agency one step closer to eradicating this pest from commercial cotton-growing areas of the continental United States.

On the world stage, PPQ sustained and expanded U.S. export markets by resolving plant health barriers to trade.

The agency reached critical plant health agreements bilaterally and through international and regional standard-setting organizations to keep global trade safe, fair, and predictable. Together with cooperators, PPQ issued more than 650,000 certificates to support U.S. agricultural exports valued at $134.8 billion in 2016, helping to secure economic opportunities abroad.

These results and many more are reflected in the pages of the Plant Protection and Quarantine 2016 Annual Report.

Check out the Infographic below which indicates what was accomplished in 2016.
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