APHIS Adds South Carolina to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding all of South Carolina 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 Greenville, Oconee, and Spartanburg Counties and because the state has decided to establish a full state quarantine.

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 South Carolina. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from South Carolina is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species. Continue reading

APHIS Seeks Comments on Draft Pest Risk Assessments for Mamey Sapote and Sapodilla from Mexico

The government of Mexico has asked USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize the importation of mamey sapote and sapodilla for consumption into the continental United States.  APHIS has drafted pest risk assessments that list potential pests likely to remain on each commodity upon importation if no mitigations are applied.  Continue reading

Mexican fruit fly control needs citizen help to keep Texas citrus industry vibrant

by Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife

The success of the Texas citrus industry may hinge on a lot of variables, but a tiny fly and people with backyard citrus trees are high on the list.

Allowing fruit to linger on a tree provides a paradise for Mexican fruit flies by keeping their reproductive cycle in business, but that can slap a quarantine on citrus in the area and limit markets, according to Dr. Olufemi Alabi, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist in Weslaco. Continue reading

APHIS Proposes Changes to the Protocol for Interstate Movement of Citrus Nursery Stock from Quarantined Areas

APHIS is proposing to make several changes to the protocol for interstate movement of citrus nursery stock. This protocol, originally published in 2013, contains standards and requirements that a nursery must meet in order to move citrus nursery stock interstate from areas quarantined for citrus canker, citrus greening, and/or Asian citrus psyllid. By meeting the standards and requirements, a nursery would be able to obtain a certificate or limited permit for the interstate movement of citrus nursery stock from areas quarantined for citrus canker, citrus greening, or ACP.

A summary of APHIS’ proposed changes is provided below. The full text of the revised protocol is available on APHIS’ Citrus Health Response Program Web site. APHIS will accept comments on the revised protocol through November 10, 2017. Please email your comments to PPQ.Citrus.Health@aphis.usda.gov. Continue reading

APHIS Removes Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the Granjeno, Mission, and Harlingen areas of Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, Texas

Effective August 14, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine area in Granjeno and Mission, Hidalgo County and Harlingen, Cameron County in Texas. Continue reading

APHIS Removes Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the San Ygnacio of Zapata County, Texas

Effective August 18, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine area in San Ygnacio, Zapata County, Texas.  Continue reading

APHIS Removes Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the Palmview Area of Hidalgo County, Texas

Effective August 8, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine area in Palmview, Hidalgo, County, Texas.  Continue reading