APHIS Changes Requirements for Movement of Soil from Phytophthora ramorum Quarantined Areas for Analysis

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is revising the conditions for the interstate movement of regulated soil from Phytophthora ramorum quarantined areas when the soil is moving to an APHIS-approved soil laboratory for physical or chemical analysis. This action removes the certification requirement and authorizes movement under a compliance agreement. The movement of bulk soil for other purposes (e.g., disposal, landscaping, use in potting media) is not included in this action and will continue to require certificates per the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR 301.92). This action does not include soil to be moved for the isolation of plant pests, which is regulated in accordance with 7 CFR, Part 330. Continue reading

Available for Comment: Release of Gall-Forming Fly for the Biological Control of Cape Ivy

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a draft environmental assessment on March 24, 2016 for the proposed release of a gall-forming fly (Parafreutreta regalis) into the continental United States for use as a biological control agent to reduce the severity of Cape Ivy (Delairea odorata) infestations.

We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 25, 2016.

For further information or to make a comment on this assessment, refer to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0099.

USDA Secretary Vilsack Announces $58.25 Million to Protect Agriculture and Plants from Pests and Diseases Through 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has allocated $58.25 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This money will support 434 projects that prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment and ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States. Funding will be provided to 50 States plus Guam and Puerto Rico to implement projects suggested by universities, States, Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, non-profits and Tribal organizations. Continue reading

APHIS Establishes Mexican Fruit Fly Regulated Area in Harlingen area, Cameron Co., Texas

Effective November 9, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) established a new Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or mexfly) regulated area in the Harlingen area of Cameron County, Texas. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from this area. This outbreak is considered to be transient, actionable, and under eradication. Continue reading

APHIS Adds Cacti, Succulents, Palms and Cycads to Exempted Host List for Light Brown Apple Moth in California

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding commercially grown cacti, succulents (live plants), palms and cycads to the light brown apple moth (LBAM) exempted host list, which is posted at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/lbam Continue reading

Oriental fruit fly quarantine for Santa Clara County is over

Effective November 17, 2015 the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Cupertino area of Santa Clara County as an Oriental fruit fly (OFF) quarantine area. Continue reading

California has no more medfly quarantines

Effective October 29, 2015, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has removed the La Mesa area of San Diego County California from the Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly) quarantine area. As a result, California does not have any medfly quarantines. Continue reading