At the virtual annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) today, top employees of three state departments of agriculture were honored for their service and achievements, including California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones, who received the James A. Graham Award in recognition of an individual for outstanding work in providing service to agricultural producers.
Dr. Jones and CDFA’s Animal Health Branch exhibited outstanding leadership and contributions to the eradication efforts in the 2018-2020 virulent Newcastle disease (VND) incident in Southern California as well as management of additional animal diseases.
Post-VND, CDFA and the USDA, in partnership with bird enthusiasts in Southern California, have established the California Avian Health Education Network, committed to monitoring for disease, providing support for biosecurity training, and promoting poultry health.
“Congratulations to our 2020 Honor Awards recipients! All too often, the work of our public servants to agriculture goes unrecognized. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to spotlight these leaders in our departments,” said NASDA President and North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.