ADVISORY: Secretary Perdue in Georgia TOMORROW

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United States Department of Agriculture

Media Advisory

(Washington, D.C., April 3, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will speak at the American Peanut Association Annual Gala in Albany, Georgia TOMORROW, Thursday, April 4th. On Friday, April 5th, Secretary Perdue will deliver the keynote address at the Fort Valley State Ham and Egg Legislative Breakfast and tour the National Detector Dog Training Facility in Newnan, Georgia.

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THURSDAY

Secretary Perdue to speak at the American Peanut Association Annual Gala

WHAT: Secretary Perdue will deliver remarks at the American Peanut Association Annual Gala.

WHEN: TOMORROW, Thursday, April 4th beginning at 6:30pm ET.

WHERE: Doublegate Country Club, 3800 Old Dawson Rd, Albany, GA 31721

*NOTE: Media interested in attending this event must RSVP to press@oc.usda.gov by TODAY, Wednesday, April 3rd at 5:00 p.m. ET.

FRIDAY

Secretary Perdue to deliver the keynote address at the Fort Valley Ham and Egg Legislative Breakfast

WHAT: Secretary Perdue will deliver the keynote address at the Fort Valley Ham and Egg Legislative Breakfast at 7:30am ET. Following the remarks, Secretary Perdue will hold a media availability.

WHEN: FRIDAY, April 5th beginning at 7:30am ET.

WHERE: Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Dr, Fort Valley, GA 31030

Secretary Perdue to tour National Detector Dog Training Facility

WHAT: Secretary Perdue will tour the National Detector Dog Training Facility, home of the CBP/APHIS Beagle Brigade. Following the tour, Secretary Perdue will hold a media availability.

WHEN: FRIDAY, April 5th beginning at 11:30am ET.

WHERE: 360 International Park, Newnan, GA 30265

*NOTE: Media interested in attending Friday’s events must RSVP to press@oc.usda.gov by TOMORROW, Thursday, April 4th at 3:00 p.m. ET.

BACKGROUND: USDA trains dogs at its National Detector Dog Training Center in Newnan, Georgia. The center is designed and equipped to train detector dog teams (canines and handlers) to safeguard American agriculture. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine program and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) use detector dog teams, known as the Beagle Brigade, to search for prohibited agricultural products at major U.S. ports of entry (airports and land border crossings), mail and cargo facilities. The teams detect prohibited agricultural products that can carry foreign pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and forests. When Hardy, USDA trained detector dog, sniffed out a roasted pig head in traveler baggage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport in October, it underscored the efforts USDA and its partners are undertaking to keep African Swine Fever (ASF), a swine disease that could devastate the U.S. pork producers, from entering the country.

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