|APHIS Removes Requirement for Trapping Light Brown Apple Moth at Plant Nurseries in Regulated Areas in California|
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Subject: APHIS Removes the Requirement for Trapping for the Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) at Plant Nurseries in the Regulated Areas in California
To: State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials
Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removes the requirement for trapping for the light brown apple moth (LBAM) on farms and premises that are eligible to move—under certificate—any nursery stock, cut flowers, garlands, wreaths or greenery of any plants, trees and shrubs, and green waste in any of the regulated counties.
The attached Federal Order describes the changes in the trapping requirement and the requirements for the interstate movement of LBAM-regulated articles. This action is necessary to relieve restrictions that have been determined to have no risk-based reason for continuance. APHIS, in cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and local county agricultural commissioners, maintains its survey and regulatory framework to prevent the artificial spread of LBAM to other states or trading partners.
LBAM is native to Australia and has established populations in New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Hawaii. The host range for LBAM includes more than 250 plant species. Maps and a list of the federal quarantine area are provided at:
For further information about the LBAM program, you may call National Policy Manager Richard Johnson at 301-851-2109.
From Alda Pires
Are you a livestock and/or poultry small-scale farmer or backyard producer? We are seeking your help for an ANR and UC Davis survey regarding animal health concerns on small-scale farms, or for peri-urban and urban animal agriculture in the West (California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado). This survey aims to identify the needs of livestock and/or poultry owners related to animal health, animal husbandry and food safety.This study will serve as a benchmark for designing effective educational programs to train farmers, backyard producers and veterinarians working within this sector.
Survey Link: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=15917.
All your answers will remain completely confidential and no personal information about you will be recorded. You have the option to not participate and you can quit the survey at any time. This project is approved by the UC Davis, WA and CO University Institutional Review Boards.
- Author: Heather Scheck, Santa Barbara Ag Commissioner's Office
- Author: John Chitambar, California Department of Food and Agriculture
- Author: Surendra K. Dara
A downy mildew caused by the oomycetous fungus, Peronospora mesembryanthemi Verwoerd has recently been confirmed by the USDA -APHIS from a red apple ice plant sample collected in San Diego. Since its first finding in San Diego County last summer, the disease has spread to Orange, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties and is now found in the Goleta area in Santa Barbara County. Peronospora mesembryanthemi was first reported from South Africa (Verwoerd, 1924) and later in the United Kingdom (Francis and Waterhouse, 1988) and New Zealand (McKenzie and Dingley, 1996), but has never been reported in North America. The host range of P. mesembryanthemi is thought to be limited to ice plants and it is currently found infecting the red apple ice plant, Aptenia cordifolia and the trailing ice plant or the pink carpet,Delosperma (syn. Mesembryanthemum) cooperi in California. Both these ice plant species are native to southern Africa. Because of their environmental hardiness, ease of growing, and bright, colorful flowers, ice plants are grown as ornamental plants or found as groundcovers. However, the red apple ice plant is listed as an invasive plant by the California Exotic Pest Plant Council. It can sometimes grow like a weed.
See the full article with photos here.
UC Statewide IPM Program
Pesticide Safety Instructor Training Workshops
Capacitación de Instructores - Seguridad con Pesticidas
Dates and locations/Fechas y localidades
Classes will be 8:00am-5:00pm ; Continental Breakfast and Check-in are at 7:45am.
Participants who complete this training will become qualified to provide pesticide safety training to fieldworkers and pesticide handlers as required by California state regulations. This training is approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR).
$150 per person
Please submit one registration form per person. Payment is by credit card only. Includes breakfast, lunch and educational materials. You will receive an automatic email once you submit payment. No refunds will be given, but substitutions are welcome. Space in these trainings is limited to 30 people. If the training you wish to attend is full and want to be added to the waiting list, or if you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Maria Alfaro at email@example.com or 530-750-1252.
Los participantes en este programa serán calificados para entrenar a los trabajadores de campo y a los aplicadores de pesticidas, como es requerido por las regulaciones del estado de California. El departamento de regulaciones de pesticidas de California (CDPR) aprobó este entrenamiento.
$150 por persona
Favor de completar un formulario de inscripción por persona. Pago es solamente con tarjeta de crédito. Incluye desayuno, almuerzo y materiales educativos. Recibirá un mensaje electrónico automático después de pagar. No se permiten reembolsos, sin embargo sustituciones son aceptadas. Se limita cada clase a 30 personas. Si tiene preguntas, favor de contactar a Maria Alfaro, firstname.lastname@example.org, 530-750-1252.
So this is National Invasive Species Awareness Week (February 21-27, 2016) [also see ] and it looks like there's a new pest in town. Hello Malaysian Fruit Fly. Hopefully we will say goodbye soon. You can see some information about it here.
Subject: APHIS Establishes Malaysian Fruit Fly (Bactrocera latifrons) Regulated Area in Westchester, Los Angeles County, California
Effective January 8, 2016, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a Malaysian fruit fly regulated area in Westchester, Los Angeles County, California. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area. This is the first continental U.S. quarantine for this species.
APHIS is responding to this confirmed detection with the establishment of a new regulated area, which encompasses approximately 74 square miles of Los Angeles County.
The Malaysian fruit fly, also known as the Solanum or Solanaceous fruit fly, is an economically important insect pest of plants of the nightshade family (Solanaceae). The fly is a native of south and southeast Asia. It has been found in the west African countries of Tanzania and Kenya, and it was first detected in Hawaii in 1983. The Malaysian fruit fly is primarily associated with wild and cultivated crops such as peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and cucurbit species. This outbreak is considered to be transient, actionable, and under eradication.
APHIS is working with the CDFA, and the Agricultural Commissioner of Los Angeles County to respond to this detection following program survey and treatment protocols. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of Malaysian fruit fly to noninfested areas of the United States.
The establishment of this regulated area is reflected on the following designated website, which contains a description of all the current federal fruit fly regulated areas: