Robert Balaam
National Operations Manager – Exclusion and Imports, USDA APHIS PPQ FO

Robert Balaam
Bob Balaam is a National Operations Manager for the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine. He serves in the Exclusion and Imports Unit of the Agency’s Field Operations functional area and is primarily responsible for offshore pest targeting and mitigation in the Greater Caribbean Region. He strives to reduce the threat of plant pests on U.S. imports by focusing on mitigation of those pests at the point of origin. An entomologist by training, Balaam has over 47 years of experience working in regulatory plant protection for both Federal and State governments in the U.S. Prior to joining the USDA, he served the New Jersey Department of Agriculture for over 32 years. He also served as President of the National Plant Board and Executive Director of the Interstate Pest Control Compact. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Entomology from Rutgers University and a designation of Certified Public Manager, also from Rutgers University. He has received number of awards and citations from various local and national agricultural organizations.