APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine Area in Laredo, Webb County, Texas

Effective January 7, 2018, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) quarantine area in the area of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

On June 7, 2016, APHIS and TDA established a Mexfly quarantine in a residential area of Laredo, Texas, restricting the interstate movement of regulated articles from this area to prevent the spread of Mexican fruit fly to non-infested areas of the United States. Since that time, APHIS has worked cooperatively with TDA to eradicate the transient Mexfly population through various control actions per program protocols. APHIS removed the quarantine area after three Mexfly life-cycles elapsed with negative detections in the area. This removal of the quarantine area is reflected on the following designated website, which contains a description of the current Federal fruit fly quarantine areas:


EPA and Texas Partner on Pesticide Safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $585,730 to the Texas Department of Agriculture to support a wide range of pesticide programs, including enforcement and outreach efforts.

“At EPA, we are protecting the environment by engaging our state partners,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This grant represents what EPA is all about, empowering our states to protect their environment.” Continue reading

Integrated pest management program set for Nov. 9 in Nacogdoches

by Adam Russell, Texas AgriLife

A Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education course for integrated pest management professionals offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be held in Nacogdoches on Nov. 9.

Registration begins inside the Nacogdoches Expo Center, 3805 NW Stallings Drive, at 8 a.m. The course begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:40 p.m. Continue reading

Brush identification, control topic of July 7 webinar

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

Brush Identification and Control Measures will be the name of a July 7 natural resources webinar conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit.

The webinar is a part of the Texas Range Webinar Series scheduled the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m., said Pete Flores, webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi. Continue reading

Big Country Agricultural and Pesticide Conference set Dec. 9

By Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Big Country Agricultural and Structural Pesticide Continuing Education Conference Dec. 9 in the Big Country Hall, located on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.

The Big Country Hall adjoins the AgriLife Extension office in Taylor County at 1982 Lytle Way. Continue reading

Texas Extension efforts pay off against sugarcane aphid

Texas sorghum growers avoided an estimated $160 million in losses from the sugarcane aphid this year, thanks to the education and outreach efforts of a team of specialists from Texas A&M, LSU Ag Center and Oklahoma State University.

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New IPM course offered through Texas A&M

IPM specialists at Texas A&M AgriLife are offering a two-day course for colleges, universities and LEED building managers, August 6 & 7, 2014.

The purpose of this course is to train pest management technicians and college/university staff in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  All new technicians should receive IPM training and new and existing employees should be provided with continuing education emphasizing IPM.  Moreover, any person who applies pesticides for the college/university should practice IPM and be licensed as a non-commercial pesticide applicator by the state of TX. Pesticide applicators must follow state and federal regulations and apply pesticides according to the instructions on the labels. To assist college/university technicians, plus those who have LEEDs buildings and contract pesticide applicators in instituting IPM, this course includes developing a college/university IPM policy, specific IPM objectives, responsibilities of the college/university IPM Technician, and requirements for using pesticides and associated record keeping. Pest problems can be prevented by requesting that maintenance be performed, providing education for residents, conducting inspections and monitoring, what we call IPM.

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