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Recent News

  • Secretary Vilsack Approves Additional Funds to Support Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Response

    • May 27, 2022
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) continues its efforts to respond to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the United States. To date, the virus has been confirmed in 35 states, affecting more than 37.9 million domestic birds. APHIS’ response efforts include working closely with animal health officials in affected states to quickly identify and address new cases of HPAI. To help ensure APHIS can continue to provide critical rapid response activities, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved the transfer of $400 million from the Commodity Credit Corporation to APHIS to directly support the response efforts.

      While these response efforts are vital to ending the outbreak, there are also actions bird owners can take to help stop the spread of this virus. APHIS has a variety of biosecurity resources available along with more information for bird owners.

    • Post Date
      May 28, 2022
  • Tagging Study Offers Money for Harvesting Northern Snakeheads

    • May 24, 2022
    • Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

    • In an effort to monitor invasive northern snakeheads in the Chesapeake Bay and Blackwater River, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces a new tagging program in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Both agencies are placing yellow or blue tags on up to 500 northern snakeheads. Each tagged northern snakehead caught and harvested from now until 2024 could be rewarded with a gift card of $10 or $200 depending on the tag.

      In order to qualify, the harvester must report the tag number to USFWS at 800-448-8322, and is asked to take a picture of their harvested and tagged northern snakehead. Only harvested northern snakeheads with reported tags will qualify for gift cards.

    • Post Date
      May 28, 2022
  • Environmental DNA (eDNA)

    • National Invasive Species Council.

    • Environmental DNA is developing into a powerful tool for improving the monitoring and detection of invasive species, which may be present in low numbers and therefore difficult to find. There are a wide range of ongoing efforts by federal and non-federal groups working to improve and apply eDNA to invasive species monitoring and management.

      The NISC FY2020 to FY2022 Work Plans incorporated interagency work on eDNA, including the following outputs:

      The NISC white paper has been released (May 2022) -- Environmental DNA as a Tool for Invasive Species Detection and Management [PDF | 295 KB]

    • Post Date
      May 27, 2022
  • Early Detection and Rapid Response

    • National Invasive Species Council.

    • Early detection and rapid response (EDRR) is a key tenet of invasive species management, where “detection” is the process of observing and documenting an invasive species, and “response” is the process of reacting to the detection once the organism has been authoritatively identified and response options have been assessed.

      The NISC FY 2020 - FY 2022 Work Plans identified priority activities in the area of rapid response, including:

          Rapid Response Fund - Criteria and Considerations: Increase resource streams for rapid response to new detections of invasive species. The NISC White Paper has been released (May 2022) -- Federal Invasive Species Rapid Response Fund:  Criteria and Considerations for Establishment [PDF | 823 KB]

    • Post Date
      May 27, 2022
  • USDA Announces Plans for Eradicating Asian Longhorned Beetle in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina

    • May 26, 2022
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture;s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing its plans for combatting the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) infestations in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina in 2022. Every year, APHIS evaluates and determines the most effective options to achieve ALB eradication and eliminate the pest from the United States.

      In 2022, the ALB program will focus on inspecting trees in quarantined areas in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina, and removing infested trees at no cost to property owners. The program will not apply insecticide treatments this year. Program officials will monitor for the beetle’s presence inside and around each infested area, respond to calls for assistance, conduct training sessions for compliance agreement holders, and perform outreach.

    • Post Date
      May 27, 2022
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Researching Effectiveness of Biocontrol of Invasive Tree in South Texas

    • May 24, 2022
    • DOD. USACE. Engineer Research and Development Center.

    • Scientists at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Ft. Worth District are researching the effects of biocontrol on an invasive tree in south Texas. The Brazilian peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolia, was introduced to the U.S. as an ornamental in the 1840s. This invasive tree causes problems where it grows because it forms dense thickets, shading out native grasses and shrubs.

    • Post Date
      May 26, 2022
  • CBP Moth Interception First Encounter of Species Since 1912

    • May 16, 2022
    • DHS. Customs and Border Protection.

    • A recent moth interception by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is now considered to be the first encounter of the species since 1912.

      Agriculture specialists play a vital role at our nation’s ports of entry by preventing the introduction of harmful exotic plant pests and foreign animal diseases into the United States. Learn more about how CBP agriculture specialists work in Protecting Agriculture.

    • Post Date
      May 25, 2022
  • Weed Science Webinar Series

    • USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

    • Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) are co-hosting 10 webinars on weed science and research, with a focus on impacts from weeds and invasive plants.

      Beginning April 5, presentations will be given by ARS weed science research experts. The webinars will occur every Tuesday from 2-3p.m. Eastern Time (ET) and include an interactive Q&A session. The webinar series is open to the public. Webinars are recorded and available to view on demand.

    • Post Date
      May 25, 2022
  • Japanese Beetle

    • Washington State Department of Agriculture.

    • Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) detected two Japanese beetles near Grandview and one near Sunnyside in 2021. Additionally, a resident reported numerous Japanese beetles devouring her roses in Grandview that summer.

      Japanese beetles would pose a serious threat to farms, gardens, and the environment if they were to become established in Washington State. Please report any suspected sightings of Japanese beetle at PestProgram@agr.wa.gov or 1-800-443-6684. See Map of Reported Sightings in Washington.

    • Post Date
      May 24, 2022
  • Play Clean Go: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks

    • North American Invasive Species Management Association.

    • The fourth annual PlayCleanGo Awareness Week is June 4-11, 2022 across North America. The goal of the campaign is to show outdoor enthusiasts how they can stop invasive plants and pests from spreading — while enjoying the great outdoors.

      PlayCleanGo is an education and outreach campaign for outdoor recreationalists in North America. The goal is to encourage outdoor recreation while protecting valuable natural resources. The objective is to slow or stop the spread of terrestrial invasive species (those that occur on land) through changes in public behavior. See how you can take action and stop invasive species in your tracks.

    • Post Date
      May 24, 2022