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Director, Bureau of Plant Industry

John Breitsman

John Breitsman joined the Bureau of Plant Industry in 1982 as an Agricultural Products Inspector in Western Pennsylvania responsible for the inspection of agricultural and agronomic products.  In 1992, John moved to Harrisburg to serve as the Animal Feed Program Specialist responsible for administering the animal feed, fertilizer, liming materials and soil amendment regulatory programs.  John became the Chief of the Division of Agronomic and Regional Services in 2004 overseeing the animal feed, fertilizer, liming materials, seed and soil/plant amendment programs, as well as coordinating and directing all the Bureau’s regional field operation staff including emergency operations, pesticide and plant inspection activities.  John was appointed the Director of the Bureau of Plant Industry in 2011.  The Bureau ensures agriculture and consumers receive quality products, services and programs by providing quality control services for animal feed, fertilizer, horticulture, lime, pesticide, seed, apiary industries and farmers.

John received the Department’s Employee of the Year Award in 1999 and is past President and board member of the Association of American Feed Control Officials.  He has received a number of awards from the federal Food and Drug Administration for his work on animal feed recalls and developing an integrated national food safety system.  John is currently a member of the coordinating committee for FDA’s Partnership for Food Protection tasked with enhancing the safety and protection of food and mitigating the burden of food-borne illness upon human and animal health in this country.  He also served as vice-chair of Agriculture Subcommittee for the South Central Counterterrorism Task Force.

John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University and served with the U.S. Air Force.  He resides in Susquehanna Township with his wife Kristin and daughter Stephanie.