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Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month Kicks Off

Big, creepy, and horned, the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) loves to feed on—and kill—coconut and other palms, banana plants, and more.  This invasive species, detected in Hawaii in December 2013, makes the perfect poster child for USDA’s Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month—a child only its mother could love.

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Arkansas site addresses invasive pests

From Delta Farm Press:

Invasive pests cost the United States an estimated $130 billion in damage and preventative measures every year, and information is the best defense.

The Arkansas Forest Resources Center has just launched a website, www.ARInvasives.org, dedicated to managing these destructive pests of our forests.

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August is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month

If you’re a homeowner–whether you rent an apartment or own a house–you can help in the fight against invasive insects and diseases that wreak havoc on forests and croplands.

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USDA Says Residents Make a Difference in Reducing Invasive Plant Pests and Diseases

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today proclaimed August as “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.”  During August, APHIS will raise awareness about the threat that invasive plant pests and diseases pose to America’s agricultural and natural resources, and will urge residents to help stop their spread.

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