New APHIS administrator good for pork industry
The American National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauded the
appointment of Cindy Smith as administrator of the United States Department of
Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), an agency
critical to the health and profitability of the US pork industry.
APHIS's mission is to protect and promote American agriculture, regulate
genetically engineered organisms, administer the federal Animal Welfare Act and
carry out wildlife damage management
"We're delighted to see someone with
Ms. Smith's experience in this important leadership role," said NPPC president
Jill Appell, a pork producer from Altona, Illinois.
experience in various APHIS programs will provide a smooth transition in
leadership as the US confronts an ever-increasing threat of foreign animal and
plant diseases and trade-distorting sanitary and phytosantitary
USDA Secretary Mike Johanns picked Smith to succeed Ron
DeHaven, who retired as APHIS administrator August 3; Smith has been acting
administrator since then. In April 2007, she was appointed as the associate
administrator of APHIS.
Smith began her career with
APHIS in 1979 shortly after graduating from high school. She has held numerous
positions in the agency, including deputy administrator for biotechnology
regulatory services and associate deputy administrator for wildlife
She played a major role in shaping the agency's
biotechnology regulatory structure, establishing more rigorous requirements for
field tests of genetically engineered crops and initiating efforts to review and
strengthen the agency's overarching biotechnology
Smith earned a bachelor's degree
in microbiology and a master's degree in management from the University of
"We're pleased that Ms. Smith will be the first woman to
lead APHIS in its 35-year history" said NPPC's Appell. "The US pork industry
believes secretary Johanns made an excellent choice, and we look forward to
working with Ms Smith."
â€¢ National Pork Producers Council
â€¢ University of Maryland
â€¢ US Department of Agriculture
â€¢ Animal and Plant Health
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