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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,...

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:...

2012-07-02 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....

2011-09-09 11:34:39

A new, open-access article (DOI: 10.1603/PM10016) in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management describes the biology and ecology profiles of the soybean aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura), an insect pest which can reduce soybean yields by $2.4 billion annually if left untreated. The authors review the invasion history and distribution of the soybean aphid, as well as its biology and the feeding damage it causes. Biological control, host plant resistance, and other factors affecting soybean...

2011-06-15 09:30:00

Revised rules will help prevent future infestations of non-native invasive insects, diseases, and plants ARLINGTON, Va., June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalized changes to regulations governing international trade in plants used in gardening and landscape design, which will go into effect on June 27, 2011. The Nature Conservancy has encouraged the USDA to revise these antiquated regulations to improve the ongoing efforts by the...

2010-03-31 11:15:00

WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- April 1, 2010 marks the beginning of enforcement for basic information transparency requirements under the Lacey Act for guitars, revolvers, hand tools, pool cues and certain types of furniture. The US Lacey Act, amended in May 2008, makes it a federal crime to trade in illegal wood products. Under a phased-in process, many sectors also have to declare the scientific name and the country of harvest for any plant constituents of their imported...

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2010-03-29 10:05:00

A federal survey conducted during the fall of 2009 has predicted that 48 million acres of land in Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming will fall victim to a major infestation of grasshoppers over the upcoming summer. Farmers in the areas predicted to be hardest hit are preparing for a battle that will see the use of millions of dollars of aerial insecticide in an attempt to stave off millions of dollars of damage to corn, barley, soy beans, and other crops caused by the hordes...

2009-09-15 08:43:08

In Draft Response by APHIS to Petitioners A new report from the National Research Council finds that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is within its broad regulatory authority to classify California's invasive Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) as an "actionable" pest, which the agency asserted in a draft response document to two petitions questioning the classification.  However, the Research Council report says that APHIS would benefit...