Statement by NCBA Chief Veterinarian Regarding APHIS Appointments
WASHINGTON – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chief Veterinarian Elizabeth Parker made the following statement regarding recent appointments made at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Dr. Gregory Parham was appointed as the APHIS administrator, replacing Cindy Smith, who will now serve as the Advisor on Government, Academia and Industry Partnerships.
“APHIS is undoubtedly a very important agency to U.S. agriculture that NCBA has worked with for more than 100 years. Cindy was an outstanding leader of the agency for the last four years. I am confident she will continue her track record of working collaboratively with industry stakeholders by proactively engaging in dialogue prior to making decisions.
“USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is to be commended for orchestrating a flawless leadership transition of this very important role. Without delay, Dr. Parham was appointed to lead the agency, which is good news for U.S. agriculture. Dr. Parham’s extensive experience at various USDA agencies, including APHIS, prepares him to immediately address the many critical issues affecting the cattle industry.
“We congratulate Cindy and Dr. Parham as they pursue new roles within the agency. We will continue to work proactively with both of them to address issues ranging from animal identification to foot and mouth disease preparedness. The working relationship we have with APHIS allows producers to have a voice in the decision making process and improves government programs affecting producers and food security. This should be a model for other agencies to follow.”