Rules Clarified for Buying / Selling Seeds and Plants Online From Other Countries

Dan Field Crops, Nursery Crops, Seeds, Specialty Crops, USDA-APHIS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is providing additional guidance to help online buyers and sellers comply with U.S. laws when they import seeds and live plants from other countries. The information, available on the APHIS website, is essential to help protect critical U.S. agriculture infrastructure and natural resources from potential invasive pest and disease …

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APHIS Posts New Release in Feral Swine Video Series

Dan Environment, Industry Videos-Promoting Agriculture, USDA-APHIS

The newest video in the ongoing series, Feral Swine in America: Episode 3- Texas looks at the impacts feral swine have on cattle, sheep, and goat ranchers in Texas. APHIS is offering this video series, which chronicles the impact feral swine have on Americans’ livelihoods through damage to agricultural and natural resources, to increase public awareness. The National Feral Swine Damage Management Program was established …

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Statement Regarding Seed Coat Fragments in Cotton Produced in the Southeast

Dan Cotton, Georgia, Industry News Release, USDA-APHIS

(USDA/AMS) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to collaborate with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to raise awareness and further examine the significant increase in seed coat fragments in cotton produced in the southeast region. Thus far in the 2020 cotton season, the AMS Macon, GA Classing …


USDA Provides Funds to Florida to Support Projects that Protect Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, USDA-APHIS

(USDA/APHIS) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $3.7 million to Florida as part of its effort to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, and to safeguard the U.S. nursery production system. Overall, USDA is providing more than $70 million in funding this year to support 383 projects in 49 states, …


Synergy between Biotech and Classical Control Tactics Rid U.S. of Invasive Pest

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release, Pest/Pest Control, USDA-APHIS

(USDA/ARS) — Genetically engineered cotton and classical pest control tactics combined to rid the United States and Northern Mexico of a devastating pest, according to a new study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and University of Arizona (UofA) scientists published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For most of the past century, the pink bollworm was the major …


AgDiscovery Summer Student Program Now Accepting Applications

Dan Agriscience, Education, Industry News Release, USDA-APHIS

(USDA/APHIS) — AgDiscovery is a national summer outreach program designed to introduce students in grades 7-12 to the exciting world of agricultural sciences. The program is a unique opportunity for students to gain a first-hand view of many fascinating career paths available in the agricultural sciences field, including plant and animal health, wildlife management, biotechnology, environmental science, forestry, entomology, food …

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Confirmation of COVID-19 in Snow Leopard at a Kentucky Zoo

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, USDA-APHIS

(USDA/APHIS) — The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) announced the first confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in a snow leopard at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky. This is the first snow leopard in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2.  Confirmatory testing is ongoing for two other snow …