Bill would create ag-related office under Homeland Security

10/07/2011 09:09:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Sens. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and Dianne Feinstein, D-California, have introduced a bill to the Senate that would create the Office of Agriculture Inspection within the Department of Homeland Security.

Specifically, it would be established within the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, according to text of the bill.

The new office would be headed by an assistant commission for agriculture inspection.

The bill creates a new position, agriculture specialist, within Customs and Border Patrol.

People hired for that position would receive additional training on agricultural pests, pest interception and related topics.

A number has yet to be assigned, but the bill has been titled the "Safeguarding American Agriculture Act of 2011."

Read the full text of the bill at

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