Invasive Species

Every year new outbreaks of invasive species are found in the U.S. These invasions are generally an unintended consequence, e. g., hitchhikers on global trade items; arriving as a result of weather conditions or accidental transport through pathways such as solid wood packaging; or “imported” by travelers bringing favorite materials back from foreign lands without realizing the risk associated with potentially infected material. Most disturbingly, they can also arrive as a result of purposeful introductions by terrorists. Vigilance is necessary at all times and turns.

The need for a coordinated national strategy seems obvious; however, the issue does not receive its due compared with the emphasis on expanding global trade. Many who track the invasive species issue, while supporting the value and need for global trade, recognize that trade is not without costs – and while global trade can be fair, it is not free. As a result, trade policies should entail assuring minimal economic effects associated with the introduction of invasive species – a level playing field, so to speak. While many federal and state programs are in place, the level of resources needed to combat the problems are nowhere close to dealing with the issues at hand. Read More

  • 04/11/2017
    APHIS announced the availability of a new factsheet titled “ Questions and Answers: Moving Baled Hay From Areas Under Quarantine for Imported Fire Ant ”  for those buying, selling, or producing baled hay.  This publication contains useful information for farmers, ranchers, ...
  • 10/04/2016
    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed   the presence of New World screwworm in Key deer from National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida.  USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in ...
  • 08/16/2016
    APHIS Public Comment on EIS Analyzing Fruit Fly Eradication Programs

    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on an updated environmental impact statement (EIS) that analyzes the effects of exotic fruit fly eradication programs in the United ...
  • 08/26/2015
    APHIS recently announced their final assessment stating that the introduction of a wasp, S. galinae, into the United States as a biological control organism would not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. Earlier this year, APHIS began assessing the release of this ...
  • 07/21/2015
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in cooperation with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is surveying U.S. crop producers to measure the impact feral swine have on their crops and livestock.
    “We will collect ...
  • 07/08/2014
    Last week, USDA announced $5 million in support of 19 projects under the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) funded under the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). NCPN-funded facilities provide high-quality propagative plant material that is free of plant pathogens and pests that can ...
  • 07/01/2014
    USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) extended the comment period on the proposed changes to adjust the Agriculture Quarantine Inspection (AQI) program user fees. The AQI is jointly administered by APHIS and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs ...
  • 04/02/2013
    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has proclaimed April as "Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month." All month, APHIS and its state partners, in most instances the State Departments of Agriculture, will highlight how invasive species can enter the United ...
  • Hungry Pests

    Hungry Pests is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s signature outreach initiative to raise public awareness about the invasive pest threat. The pests targeted by the Hungry Pests initiative are federally regulated invasive species whose introduction into the United States and spread within the country is assisted by the activities of the general public. These pests have the ability to cause significant harm to U.S. agricultural and environmental resources. Through the Hungry Pests website and outreach materials, the public can learn how to Leave Hungry Pests Behind.

    Resource Added: 04/02/2013

  • 02/28/2013
    After more than 13 years of rigorous research, Hawaii ranchers today joined Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) entomologists at Kahua Ranch on Hawaii Island to release approximately 1,000 Madagascan fireweed moths, Secusio extensa (Arctiidae), which represent the state's best hope of ...
  • Presentation: Integrated Pest Management at USDA - NIFA

    The National Institute of Food and Agriculture noted in this 2011 presentation that the U.S. faces continuing pressure from new pests. For example, California reports one new invasive threat every 60 days; Florida identified 587 new pests from May 2007 to the end of 2009; and APHIS reports on new pest every 8 – 12 days. These numbers are staggering, especially for a problem that is not on the public radar as a national issue.

    Resource Added: 01/17/2013

  • : 10/16/2007
    NASDA recently took positions on several items that relate directly to the APHIS mission, and looks forward to working with APHIS and the National Plant Board to advance these important issues. This ...
    : APHIS Issues and NASDA's Positions
    : Cindy Smith, APHIS-USDA Administrator
    : Roger Johnson, NASDA President
    Combined APHIS Action Item Letter Download 379KB, DOC
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