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  • Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 2022 Florida Python Challenge

    • Jun 16, 2022
    • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    • Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that registration for the 2022 Florida Python Challenge has opened and the annual 10-day event will be held August 5-14, 2022. Members of the public are now able to take the required online training and register to compete to win thousands of dollars in prizes while removing invasive Burmese pythons from the wild. The competition is open to both professional and novice participants.

      Visit FLPythonChallenge.org to register for the competition, take the online training, register for optional in-person trainings, learn more about Burmese pythons and the unique Everglades ecosystem, and find resources for planning your trip to South Florida to participate in the Florida Python Challenge.

    • Post Date
      Jul 01, 2022
  • Connecticut's Beech Trees Severely Impacted by Beech Leaf Disease [PDF | 345 KB]

    • Jun 6, 2022
    • Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

    • Scientists from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) are reporting that Beech Leaf Disease (BLD) has increased dramatically in both severity and distribution in 2022 compared to 2021. First detected in lower Fairfield County in 2019, BLD is now widespread on American beech (Fagus grandifolia) throughout all eight Connecticut counties, with symptoms most severe in Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties. Given that BLD is now widely established throughout Connecticut, reports of BLD to CAES and DEEP are no longer requested.

    • Post Date
      Jun 29, 2022
  • Watch for Garlic Mustard Aphids

    • May 2022
    • Indiana Native Plant Society.

    • A European aphid that is only known to eat invasive garlic mustard has recently been found in the Midwest. If you see garlic mustard with curled leaves or aphids, help researchers studying this insect by sending in a report. Because the aphids may help control invasive garlic mustard plants, they are working with citizen scientists to map their distribution.

    • Post Date
      Jun 28, 2022
  • Fire Ants and Other Burning Problems: ARS Scientists Target Some of America's Toughest Pests

    • Jun 27, 2022
    • USDA. ARS. Tellus.

    • ARS scientists are using a unique receptor interference technology that they have developed to target fire ants. The technology is environmentally friendly and can also be directed at other existing or emerging invasive pests to provide timely, cost-efficient pest control.

    • Post Date
      Jun 28, 2022
  • History Highlight: APHIS Establishes National Program to Combat Destructive Feral Swine

    • Jun 22, 2022
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • Wild boar, razorback, feral hog, wild pig—those are just a few of the names for one of the most destructive, formidable invasive species in the United States. Estimates vary, but their population likely exceeds 6 million nationwide. They cause tremendous damage—up to $2.5 billion annually—to crops, forestry, livestock, and pastures.

      To combat these threats, APHIS established the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program in 2014. The program’s overarching goal is to protect agricultural and natural resources, property, animal health, and human health and safety by managing feral swine damage. APHIS collaborates with many stakeholders—including States, Tribes, other Federal agencies, universities, and the public—to accomplish this goal.

    • Post Date
      Jun 24, 2022
  • Choose Copi: Eat Well and Do Good - State of Illinois Renames and Rebrands Asian Carp

    • Jun 22, 2022
    • Illinois Department of Resources.

    • Following more than two years of consumer research and planning, the State of Illinois unveiled "Copi," the new name for Asian carp, which is a play on “copious” – as that’s exactly what these fish are. By one estimate, 20 million to 50 million pounds of Copi could be harvested from the Illinois River alone each year, with hundreds of millions more in waterways from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast. The new name and brand are designed to address public misconceptions about this delicious top-feeding fish, which is overrunning Midwest waterways.

      Copi are mild, clean-tasting fish with heart-healthy omega-3s and very low levels of mercury. Increased consumption will help to stop them from decimating other fish populations in the Great Lakes and restore an ecological balance to waterways down stream.

    • Post Date
      Jun 24, 2022
  • Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Recognizing National Pollinator Week

    • Jun 17, 2022
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proclamation in recognition and support of National Pollinator Week (June 20 – 26, 2022). Pollinator species, such as bees, other insects, birds, and bats play a critical role in producing more than 100 crops grown in the United States. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $18 billion in value to agricultural crops annually.

      USDA also released its Annual Strategic Pollinator Priorities Report: 2022 [PDF | 1.8 MB] that outlines USDA pollinator research and programmatic priorities for the coming year.

    • Post Date
      Jun 22, 2022
  • USDA Launches ‘Protect Our Pigs’ Campaign to Support the Pork Industry, Pig Owners, Veterinarians in the Fight Against African Swine Fever

    • Jun 15, 2022
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced new efforts to help prevent the introduction and spread of African swine fever in the U.S. Through an outreach and awareness campaign called “Protect Our Pigs,” APHIS will support commercial pork producers, veterinarians, and pig owners with information and resources to help safeguard America’s swine population and the pork industry.

      APHIS is deploying a variety of outreach efforts to support critical stakeholders. The new Protect Our Pigs website, aphis.usda.gov/ProtectOurPigs, will house materials such as downloadable fact sheets and posters, instructional videos, shareable social media graphics, a new interactive biosecurity guide, and offer the latest disease updates. If African swine fever is detected in the U.S., APHIS will also be ready to respond immediately with actionable information and resources for pig owners and the public.

      As part of these outreach efforts, on June 29 at 3 p.m. EDT, APHIS will host African Swine Fever: What You Need to Know, which will feature a panel of experts representing the pork industry, pig owners and veterinarians who will discuss the latest on the disease, protective actions and respond to questions.

    • Post Date
      Jun 17, 2022
  • A Nuclear Technique Averts a Fruit Fly Emergency in Mexico

    • Jun 17, 2022
    • UN. Food and Agriculture Organization.

    • In the Mexican state of Colima, a recent outbreak of the Mediterranean fruit fly, also known as medfly, was very bad news. This voracious pest was eradicated in Mexico in the 1980s with the help of FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but insects know no borders. And unfortunately, with climate change, increase of trade and global travel favouring the spread of pests, they have once more found their way into this horticulturally important state, threatening to wreak havoc on the industry and on the livelihoods of farmers. Thankfully, Mexico, FAO and the IAEA had prepared for just a scenario.

    • Post Date
      Jun 17, 2022
  • Beech Leaf Disease Confirmed in Virginia