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CORRECTED POST: Dr. Wayne Dixon Among Those Honored With PPQ Safeguarding Award

March 19, 2015

Dr. Wayne Dixon, Acting Director

Dr. Wayne Dixon, Assistant Director of the Division of Plant Industry

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.

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