APHIS Adds an Additional Portion of the East Fork Wildlife Area in Clermont County, Ohio, to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) Regulated Area

Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding 576 acres of the East Fork Wildlife Area in Clermont County, Ohio, to the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) regulated area. APHIS is taking this action in response to the recent detection of ALB-infested trees in the East Fork Wildlife Area. As a result, the total regulated area for ALB in Clermont County has expanded from 61 square miles to 62 square miles.

The attached Federal Order describes the regulated area and includes the associated reference to 7 Code of Federal Regulations 301.51 et seq. that lists the provisions for the movement of ALB-regulated articles. This action is necessary to prevent the human-assisted spread of ALB. Continue reading

Several Louisiana parishes added to the Domestic Citrus Canker (Xanthomonas spp.) Quarantine Area

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expanding the area quarantined for citrus canker in Louisiana.

APHIS established a quarantine on February 10, 2014, (DA-2014-08) following the positive identification of Xanthomonas spp., the bacterial causal agent of citrus canker, from a sweet orange tree located in New Orleans, Louisiana. APHIS further updated this quarantine on June 2, 2016 (DA-2016-35), to add portions of several parishes. Continue reading

APHIS Expands the Asian Citrus Psyllid (Diaphorina citri) Quarantined Area in Arizona

Effectively immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) and the Arizona citrus industry, is expanding the area quarantined for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) to include all counties in Arizona. APHIS is taking this action in response to the ADA Director’s Administrative Order (DAO 16-01) implementing a statewide ACP quarantine.

APHIS is applying safeguarding measures on the interstate movement of regulated articles from Arizona. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of ACP to non-infested areas of the United States. The specific changes to the regulated areas in Arizona are attached and can also be found at:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/citrus-greening

APHIS will publish a notice of this change in the Federal Register.

Eradication Program Announces 2017 Plans for Fighting the Asian Longhorned Beetle in New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), together with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is announcing plans for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) eradication efforts taking place in 2017.  APHIS and its partners have been making steady progress towards the eradication of this destructive tree pest since its detection in New York in 1996.

“The goal is to eliminate this non-native, tree-killing pest, from the United States,” said Josie Ryan, APHIS’ national operations manager for the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program.  “We are confident that we can remove the beetle using the strategies we have available to us.” Continue reading

APHIS Adds Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, and Will Counties, Illinois, to the Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) Regulated Area

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, and Will Counties in Illinois to the list of regulated areas for the gypsy moth (GM). The GM population in each of these counties has reached the threshold to trigger the regulated area.

To prevent the further spread of GM, the attached Federal Order establishes Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, and Will Counties in Illinois as regulated areas. Effective immediately, all interstate movement of GM-regulated articles from Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, and Will Counties must be handled in accordance with the attached Federal Order. Illinois has established a parallel state quarantine. Continue reading

Fever ticks slipping across quarantine zone into Texas

in Southwest Farm Press

If you mention fever ticks to a Texas beef producer, chances are he knows what you’re talking about. But animal health activists say a reduction in outbreaks in recent years has made the risks posed by the ticks seem less dangerous and threatening.

But Texas Animal Health Commission Communications and Emergency Management Specialist Thomas Swafford warns that when it comes to fever ticks, not fully understanding the risks involved in an outbreak is a terrible mistake. Continue reading

APHIS Updates the Citrus Black Spot Quarantine Area in Florida

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding 11 sections in Collier County and 75 sections in Hendry County to the citrus black spot (CBS) quarantine area in Florida. This action responds to the confirmation of CBS during surveys conducted by APHIS and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (DPI). These new sections in Collier and Hendry Counties are near areas that have previously been found positive for CBS.

APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from the quarantine. Regulated articles from quarantine areas are subject to all interstate movement conditions outlined in a Federal Order that was issued on March 16, 2012. The requirements of the Federal Order are parallel to DPI’s state-interior quarantine. Continue reading