Moving baled hay under quarantine conditions

If you work with baled hay, including moving or delivering it, APHIS-PPQ has published a new bulletin for guidance in terms of the movement of fire ants with hay shipped from regulated areas.

BaledHayIndustryAlert September 2012 (PDF)

Upcoming Webinar: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program

Register for EPA’s upcoming webinars to learn more about healthy schools and the soon to be released Voluntary Guidelines to States:  Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program.

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What’s in a name? A species common name, that is

When scientists discover a new species–whether it is an insect, pathogen, weed, animal or aquatic species–they give it two names. One is the scientific name that will be used for the rest of the species’ existence to refer to the species, and the other is the “common name,” or the name that you will usually see in media reports. These names can take months, sometimes years or research before scientists formally present them, but while scientists are debating back and forth what the best name is, others will choose a common name just so they have a reference to the species, especially if they are trying to alert the public to be on alert.

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