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2014-04-10 16:21:59

USDA's Campaign Anti-Hero, 'Vin Vasive,' Lends a Creepy Hand in New, Compelling Videos WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) is calling on the public to help stop the spread of 15 invasive species dubbed "Hungry Pests." These non-native insects, other animals, plants and diseases could devastate America's crops, trees and plants, and are often unknowingly spread through human actions. To help get the word out,...

2013-07-29 12:22:25

Environmental groups join USDA to recognize August as Tree Check Month, urging public to look for the signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle WASHINGTON, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The backyard barbecue. A hike in the woods. Camping or fishing in the wilderness. Even a stroll in the neighborhood. These are all activities that can make a difference in preserving the great outdoors, if you can spare a few extra minutes to take a closer look at the surrounding trees, according to the...

2013-05-14 16:22:05

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced that the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island are free from the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130514/CL13559LOGO ) "The mission to eradicate this destructive beetle,...

2013-03-14 12:23:01

Officials eradicate Asian longhorned beetle from state LINDEN, N.J., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal and state agriculture officials today delivered some welcome news for New Jersey residents in the state's long running battle against the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130314/CL76665LOGO )(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120702/CL34224LOGO ) "After more than a decade, we can declare New Jersey is free of this invasive...

2012-12-21 08:23:42

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Veterinary Medical Association today responded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) new livestock traceability rule, which was announced Dec. 20, 2012. "The AVMA applauds APHIS for developing a new framework for animal disease traceability in the United States that establishes identification and documentation requirements for livestock moving interstate," said Dr. Ron...

2012-08-30 02:27:39

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the summer traveling season draws to a close, millions of Americans will hit the road for a final family vacation before the kids head back to school. While national parks and campgrounds will once again prove to be a popular destination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging outdoor enthusiasts to help stop the spread of invasive pests by leaving firewood behind. (Logo:...

2012-08-23 06:27:34

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) urge veterinarians, owners, trainers, riders, event spectators, media and the public to redouble their efforts to identify and report sored horses at this year's Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn. This includes reporting suspected soring activity in barns and training facilities in the...

2012-07-31 02:21:15

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is asking the public to be on the lookout for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). August is a time of peak emergence for the devastating invasive pest and a critical time for building the public's awareness of ALB. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120702/CL34224LOGO) ALB was first discovered in the United States in 1996, likely arriving via wood packing...

2012-07-02 10:23:41

Make it a pest-free July 4th, urges USDA; be aware of the risks of moving firewood WASHINGTON, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 35 million Americans will travel by automobile for the July 4(th) holiday, according to AAA estimates. Since most will travel more than 50 miles from home, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) cautions travelers, "Don't pack a pest, leave firewood behind." (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120702/CL34224LOGO ) "Firewood may...

2012-05-22 10:24:58

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a simple plea that could protect countless numbers of ash trees from a devastating pest: Don't move firewood. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/what-happened-to-the-cool-shade-in-summer-152619445.html Firewood might look harmless, but it's what you can't see that is most concerning. The emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle is a devastating forest pest. It lives in firewood....