On behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Homeland Security Advanced Research and Projects Agency and Cubic Global Defense, Inc., we would like to acknowledge and thank you for providing subject matter expertise on the APHIS online carcass management training modules. Your efforts are helping advance knowledge in the livestock production industry; thus helping to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure and national economy.
Specifically, we appreciate your assistance to modernize the 10-year-old Carcass Management Online Training Modules to help operators and responders make the best choices to control and contain disease by conducting carcass management operations in a timely, safe, biosecure, aesthetically acceptable, and environmentally responsible manner.
It has been a pleasure working with you, and we want to acknowledge and thank you for the time, dedication and expertise you have provided this program. These efforts could not have been accomplished without your support.
We hope to work with you again, in the future.
Lori P. Miller, PE
Sr. Staff Officer/Environmental Engineer
United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Science, Technology and Analysis Services
Dr. Michelle Colby
Branch Chief, Agricultural Defense
Department of Homeland Security
Science and Technology Directorate
Homeland Security Advanced Research and Projects Agency
“I know a good teacher when I see one. I worked with Gary to provide an educational one day workshop about depopulation and disposal for poultry producers in the state. It was my first time working with him and I didn’t know what to expect, but the minute he started talking I knew we had a world class expert. Gary’s knowledge and his hands on expertise makes him uniquely qualified to tackle any aspect of educating, training or executing poultry depopulation and disposal. No wonder he is a subject matter expert with USDA. In addition you get his great sense of humor free of charge. I would highly recommend working with Gary for anything related to these topics.”
“Lessons learned seems to be a common theme to those that experience an A.I. event. With our January 2016 A.I. event behind us, depopulation, virus elimination and disposal stand out as areas that we all need a better understanding of. SME’s such as Gary Flory assisted us from the very early stages in the process of in house composting from conveying to each producer the task at hand in a step by step manner to working with carbon providers on amounts needed and product quality standards. In our multiple farm event, several SME’s were involved and Gary stood out. His science based background was a benefit when adjustments had to be made in the processes due to circumstances that were out of everyone’s control without compromising virus elimination.”
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! …for the training you helped us with yesterday. In my opinion the Compost Management Team training was a huge success! The quality of the content you provided was outstanding! There is no doubt you have helped move our composting team forward in a very big way. During the day you also offered specific insights and recommendations that we will certainly use to improve our response planning.
Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedules to be with us. We know your time is valuable and we are fortunate you could share some of your valuable knowledge and experiences with the group.
N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Thank you for all your contributions to the Virginia Poultry Disease Task Force and efforts to combat AI in an environmentally protective manner in VA and across the country!
Hobey Bauhan, President
Virginia Poultry Federation
Thank-you for your service as an expert scientific reviewer for the OMAFRA-UofG Partnership Research Program. The assessment of proposals in a fair and consistent manner is very important to the success of the program. Your expert opinion was critical to ensuring the most deserving candidates moved forward for this research funding opportunity.
Again, many thanks for your invaluable contribution.
Wayne Caldwell, PhD, RPP, MCIP
Interim Associate Vice-President, Research (Strategic Partnerships)
Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
University of Guelph