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Re: APHIS


Good to see someone shouting about it.
Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <islandjim@verizon.net>
> On another list, I received this link from a friend in Portugal
>
> http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/index.htm
>
>
> Kitty wrote
>
> > In a recent issue of Greenhouse Business, I happened across an
> > editorial on
> > the back page titled "An important update on APHIS's Quarantine 37."
> >
> > While the writer didn't specifically state his opinion - he seemd more
> > intent on making readers aware of changes to come - he did seem to lean
> > toward more stringent controls, while at other times suggested
> > speaking out
> > against.  I really couldn't pin down what he thought.  Here is a
> > portion:
> >
> > "It is in our best interest that USDA succeeds in this endeavor.  APHIS
> > should be viewed not as the enemy in this process, but rather as the
> > gatekeeper responsible for establishing the rules of engagement for
> > those
> > wishing to trade.  How a member of the industry sees the stage on this
> > issue
> > depends on where they are sitting in the arena.  Those who are not
> > actively
> > trading internationally are apt to favor much stricter safeguars and
> > are
> > likely to harbor suspicion that the APHIS effort is tilted toward
> > relaxation
> > of the current quarantine.  On the other hand, those actively engaged
> > in
> > international trade may fear disruption of a system to which they have
> > adapted.
> > "The primary driver for this initiative is the sense that the pest
> > safeguarding system isinadequately effective insofar as plants for
> > planting
> > is concerned.  Recent emergency response programs for pests have cost
> > millions of dollars.  In a time of tightening federal budgets, USDA is
> > under
> > pressure to increase the effectiveness of its safeguarding efforts.
> > While
> > leaders of APHIS appear very comitted to seeking industry input,
> > pressure to
> > strengthen quarantine measures is coming from other federal agencies,
> > the
> > environmental community, and most important, Congress.  Therefore we
> > need to
> > have a strong voice."
>
>
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
>
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