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Texas quarantine changes: fruit fly lifted, HLB expanded

From Southwest Farm Press

As research continues to ramp up in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (USDA-APHIS) nationwide efforts to fight the spread of Huanglongbing (HLB), or Citrus Greening disease (CG), officials have announced expansion of its existing quarantine zone in Texas to include two more counties.

The expanded HLB quarantine zone wasn’t the only news developments from APHIS concerning Texas agriculture last week. On a more promising note, APHIS announced they have lifted the Mexican fruit fly quarantine area imposed for Hidalgo County in South Texas earlier this year after three life cycles passed without finding additional Mexican fruit flies in the area.

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UK research shows promise in fight against emerald ash borer

Entomology researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have received encouraging results in their fight to protect Kentucky ash trees from the emerald ash borer. EAB is an exotic wood-boring invader that kills ash trees.

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Texas Plant Protection Conference

Register now for the 26th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference

“Water: The Limiting Factor for Crop Production in Texas”

December 10 & 11. 2014

The Brazos Center

Bryan – College Station, Texas

Register by November 15 for only $85.00. Farmer registration is only $25.00

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE.

TDA and CCA CEUs: CCA CEUs: Maximum 11.5 available due to concurrent sessions

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