From DC: USDA’s Osama El-Lissy Receives ASTA Distinguished Service Award

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As a recognition of those who have made significant contributions to the association and the seed industry, the American Seed Trade Association tonight (June 13) presented Osama El-Lissy, deputy administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), with its Distinguished Service Award.

Since 2013, El-Lissy has been responsible for leading and directing a nationally dispersed staff that safeguards U.S. animal and plant resources from destructive pests and diseases and facilitates the global trade of U.S. agricultural products. Prior to that he served in a number of positions within PPQ, including as associate deputy administrator during which he was responsible for policy and financial management.

“During his tenure as APHIS deputy, Osama has provided significant support to the seed industry, including the development of key initiatives for addressing phytosanitary challenges,” said Tracy Tally, ASTA chairman, during the awards presentation. “Under his leadership, APHIS has successfully implemented the National Seed Accreditation Pilot Program for the exotic cucumber green mottle mosaic virus, and a new Regulatory Framework for Seed Health, known as ReFreSH, which we anticipate will have significant benefits for international seed trade.”

During his acceptance remarks, El-Lissy said: “I can tell you I stand here because I have a very committed, very talented work force in Plant Protection and Quarantine — people that know the business. We also have a very strong partnership with you. You are one of those industry organizations that’s innovative, creative and global. It’s our pleasure to work with you and to work for you. I’m uplifted by this recognition, as are my colleagues.”

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