US: New APHIS administrator
The National Pork Producers Council praised the appointment of Dr. Gregory Parham as administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
Dr. Parham, who previously was associate administrator at APHIS, takes over from Cindy Smith who has served as administrator since 2007. Dr. Parham was appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as the 13th administrator of the agency.
“NPPC looks forward to working with Dr. Parham and to continuing our close relationship with APHIS,” said NPPC President Doug Wolf, a pork producer from Lancaster, Wis. “With his extensive background in USDA programs, including food safety and animal health, Dr. Parham is well suited to meet the growing challenges faced by animal agriculture domestically and globally.”
NPPC also expressed its gratitude to Smith for her years of service as APHIS administrator.
“She was a great administrator and good friend to animal agriculture,” Wolf said. “Her leadership on a number of pork industry issues was especially beneficial to U.S. pork producers.”