On 6 April 2005, Tom Schissel and Ricardo
Romero from the USDA - APHIS International Services office
in Argentina and Uruguay along with Bill Snell from USDA
- APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), Rick Zink
from Colorado State University, and Leah Cochran from the
U.S. Seed Potato Board, met with Uruguayan plant health
officials Ines Ares and Beatriz Melcho from the Ministry
of Livestock Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP), Agriculture
Seed potato certification was the primarily
issue discussed. Uruguay imports seed potatoes from Alamosa,
Saint Louis Valley, CO. The phytosanitary quality of the
U.S. seed potatoes is recognized by both the MGAP and producers.
From left to right: Ines Ares, Beatriz
Melcho and Ricardo Romero, Richard Zink, Leah Cochran,
Bill Snell, Thomas Schissel and Theresa Boyle.