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EPA and USDA to Hold Public Listening Sessions on Pollinator Strategy

Sessions to be held November 12 and 17 in the D.C. metro area 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host two public listening sessions to solicit stakeholder input to assist the Pollinator Health Task Force in development of a federal strategy to protect honey bees and other pollinators. The Task Force is asking for input on the types of activities that could be part of the strategy, including public private partnerships, research, educational opportunities, pollinator habitat improvements and pesticide risk mitigation.

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New invasive fruit pest found in Pennsylvania

An invasive insect new to the United States that has the potential to impact grape, fruit trees and the hardwood industries has been discovered in Berks County in Pennsylvania, prompting the immediate quarantine of Pike and District townships (Pennsylvania).

The Spotted Lanternfly, an inch-long black, red and white spotted pest, is native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam. It’s an invasive species in Korea, where it has attacked 25 plant species which also grow in Pennsylvania.

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Horticulture and Pollinator Groups come together

From Greenhouse Grower

During the week of October 20, AmericanHort participated in the USDA Honeybee Forage Summit and the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), both held in the Washington, D.C. area.

Many stakeholders were present, including representatives from federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, beekeepers and other agricultural interests.

Read the rest of the story in Greenhouse Grower.