You're probably thinking how does Customs and Border Protection have anything to do with horticulture and why am I blogging about it? But let me tell you--it has A LOT to do with keeping agriculture (and horticulture) safe with the millions of international passengers that fly every year and all of the shipments our ports receive with merchandise.
|Agricultural Specialist with Custom and Border Protection in Laredo, Texas (cbp.gov)|
From the CBP website, "The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly one million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals, and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. Annually, CBP facilitates an average of more than $3 trillion in legitimate trade while enforcing U.S. trade laws."
|Chimex pork bologna from Mexico is often smuggled into the United States (in many ways) (cbsnews.com)|
|Luggage search at an airport (cbp.gov)|
|Murray the beagle (cbp.gov)|
|Gadget, part of the CBP Beagle Brigade (photo from cbp.gov)|