Apr 20, 2017
Plant Protection and Quarantine releases 2016 annual report

The USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) has released its 2016 Annual Report, outlining accomplishments from throughout the year.

PPQ reports it achieved one of its top 10 goals: eliminating European grapevine moth from the United States. The agency also eradicated 10 fruit fly outbreaks in Texas, Florida and California, and achieved four years with zero detections of pink bollworm.

On the world stage, PPQ sustained and expanded U.S. export markets by resolving plant health barriers to trade, according to the agency. PPQ reached critical plant health agreements bilaterally and through international and regional standard-setting organizations to keep global trade safe, fair and predictable, the agency reports. Together with its cooperators, PPQ issued more than 650,000 certificates to support U.S. agricultural exports valued at $134.8 billion in 2016.

These results and more are reflected in the pages of the 2016 Annual Report. For a quick look at what PPQ accomplished in 2016, check out the agency’s 2016 At-a-Glance infographic.

For more information, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth.

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