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Old 05-29-2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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"Protecting American agriculture" is the basic charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS provides leadership in ensuring the health and care of animals and plants. The agency improves agricultural productivity and competitiveness and contributes to the national economy and the public health.
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Old 05-30-2009, 10:45 AM   #2
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Default Civil Penalties Increased for Undeclared or Smuggled Agricultural Products

Civil Penalties Increased for Undeclared or Smuggled Agricultural Products
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The Plant Protection Act (PPA) became law in June 2000 as part of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act, and the Animal Health Protection Act (AHPA) became law in May 2002 as part of of the 2002 Farm Bill.

Some of the most significant changes brought about by these laws are the harsher penalties they allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to impose on people who do not declare prohibited
agricultural products when entering the United States, those who try to smuggle these products into the country, and people who violate domestic quarantines and laws.

After a significant review of current penalties and development of guidelines and tools for implementation by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program, the new civil penalties for agricultural regulation violations are in place.
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Old 05-30-2009, 02:43 PM   #3
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Thanks Staff, I think this is something that needs to be regularly addressed. Some people just don't seem to "get it".
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:29 PM   #4
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Some states have restrictions and limitations in addition to what was shared above. Contact information should be added for the states' departments of agriculture.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:12 PM   #5
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Good information!
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:15 PM   #6
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