Michigan's Food & Agriculture Border Gateway Summit 2016

Michigan’s Food & Agriculture Border Gateway Summit IV

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Michigan hosted a one day seminar in Southeast Michigan focusing on the food and agriculture sector. U.S. and Canadian businesses and agencies involved with the varied components of producing, selling, transporting, and protecting food and agriculture provided information about current challenges and future trends, and attendees from local, state, and federal agencies as well as Canadian officials and the private sector interacted to better understand the risks, consequences, and opportunities related to the food and agriculture sector and the region. 

The Southeast Michigan / Canadian border area is an important economic center as a hub for movement of people, food and agricultural products, and other critical infrastructure activities. In this seminar, attendees received updates on current initiatives including threats to the sector, regulatory changes in both the U.S. and Canada, traceability, food safety, animal health, transportation, and issues involving importing and exporting food and agricultural products.

This event was made possible through Department of Homeland Security funds from the Urban Areas Security Initiative grant allocated to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit.  This was part of Michigan's ongoing efforts to engage the public and private sectors of critical infrastructure. 

Below is the agenda followed by links to the presentations given at the Border Gateway Summit.

Opening Remarks:  
•    Jamie Clover Adams, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development 
•    Doug George, Consul General of Canada in Detroit
•    Art Czabaniuk, Detroit District Director, Food & Drug Administration

Overview of Threats, Vulnerabilities, Risks & Consequences:  
Mark Davidson, Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act
Domenic Veneziano, Director, Division of Import Operations, Food Drug Administration

Lessons from 2015 Avian Influenza Outbreak
•    Dr. Dan Harpster, USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
•    Dr. Cathy Furness, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Canadian Perspectives – Safe Food for Canadians Act
Daniel Burgoyne, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Transportation & Infrastructure Update
Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation

Global Food Traceability Center
Tejas Bhatt, Director 

RFID & Technology
Jeffrey Polly, Vice President of Technical Services, Lowry Solutions

Inspections & Trends
Hema Ramanathan, U.S. Department of Homeland Security -Customs and Border Protection

Importer / Exporter Panel Discussion
•    Daniel Ujczo, Dickinson Wright
•    Robert Gaydo, Deringer 
•    Neil Woelke, Kozik Woelke
•    Laurie Tannous, Russell Farrow

Closing Comments
Brad Deacon, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development