The United States Department of Agriculture, responsible for safeguarding American Agriculture had a training session in the Entomology Department at the University of Maryland. Our Training session focused on equipping the port identifiers with the tools they needed to begin learning mite identification during their work at their respective ports. Topics included morphological key presentations, preparing slide mounts and recognizing diagnostic characters of quarantine significant mite taxa. The visiting port identifiers represented USDA staff from Hawaii to New York. Additionally, graduate students from the Entomology Department at the University of Maryland had the opportunity to participate in this training. Darsy Smith, PhD student in the Lamp lab was one of the participants that had a great learning experience and could identify mites to Family and Genus level as a result of the training. In May, more port identifiers will return to train with the USDA national experts on mites.