CORRECTED POST: Dr. Wayne Dixon Among Those Honored With PPQ Safeguarding Award
March 19, 2015
Dr. Wayne Dixon, Assistant Director of the FDACS Division of Plant Industry, is a recipient of the 2013 Safeguarding Award presented by Plant Protection and Quarantine, Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection. Dr. Dixon was a member of the 2013 farm Bill Management Team, which refined, automated and streamlined the innovative process that identifies, prioritizes, selects, implements and continues Farm Bill initiatives.
Osama El-Lissy, Deputy Administrators, Plant Protection and Quarantine, said this refinement resulted in a renewed energy and influx of cutting-edge ideas to fix serious problems in preventing the introduction and spread of plant pests and diseases. In collaboration with states, tribes, and universities, the Farm Bill Management Team:
- implemented more than 375 innovative ideas to strengthen and expand the scope of APHIS’ prevention and management activities,
- extended a clean plant network to cover nearly 25 labs or programs at 20 locations in 15 states, and promoted a greater understanding of these efforts through education and outreach.
Dr. Dixon contributed to the team’s work as a team member for Goal 1 Survey and a governing board member for the National Clean Plant Network.