Imported pests; was disinfecting seeds

Russell Stafford, Odyssey Bulbs
Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:41:47 PST
I've only been half-following this thread, so I don't know whether 
anyone's mentioned the mass transfer of USDA-APHIS inspection 
personnel to the Department of Homeland Security in 2002 following 
that department's creation.  Rather than actually hiring staff, DHS 
drafted thousands of employees from other agencies, including many or 
most of the APHIS inspectors.  This gap was never filled.  Data 
suggest that the rate of introduction of plant pests and pathogens 
has increased several-fold since APHIS was 


Russell Stafford
Odyssey Bulbs
PO Box 382
South Lancaster, MA  01561

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