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APHIS Establishes New Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) Regulated Area in Redland, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Effective August 28, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a new Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis or OFF) regulated area in the Redland area of Miami-Dade County, Florida. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area. This OFF outbreak is considered to be transient, actionable, and under eradication. Continue reading

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Regulated Area Expands to Include Entire State of North Carolina

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding all of North Carolina to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action at North Carolina’s request in response to the detections of EAB in multiple counties throughout North Carolina.

To prevent the spread of EAB to other states, the attached Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from the quarantined areas in North Carolina. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in North Carolina is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species. Continue reading

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Regulated Area Expands to include Bledsoe and Cumberland Counties in Tennessee

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding Bledsoe and Cumberland Counties in Tennessee to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of EAB in Bledsoe and Cumberland Counties.

To prevent the spread of EAB to other states, the attached Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from the quarantined areas in Tennessee. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in Tennessee is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species.

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Feds launch new effort to stop feral hog problem

In Southeast Farm Press

The USDA launched earlier this month a national effort to reduce the devastating damage caused by feral swine.  The $20 million program aims to help states deal with a rapidly expanding population of invasive wild swine that causes $1.5 billion in annual damage and control costs.

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USDA Provides Farm Bill Funding for Pest and Disease Management Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the allocation of $48.1 million, provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), to projects across the country that will help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America’s agriculture economy and the environment. The economic stakes for stopping invasive species are high, with scientists estimating the total economic cost of all invasive species to be approximately $120 billion annually.

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Agriculture Appropriations bill includes new funding for citrus disease research

In Southeast Farm Press

The federal Agriculture Appropriations bill for FY2014 approved by the full committee Jan. 13 includes additional funding for citrus disease research.

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