Apr 2, 2012

April is USDA-APHIS Invasive Pest Awareness Month

USDA-APHIS Declares April as Invasive Pest Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, APRIL 2, 2012—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced that April will be dedicated to the sharing of information about the threat that invasive plant pests, diseases and harmful weeds pose to America's fruits, vegetables, trees, and other plants—and how the public can help prevent their introduction and spread.

Deputy Under Secretary for USDA's Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Rebecca A. Blue, said, “Invasive pests [. . .] threaten the things [Americans] value.” She went on to point out that as much as Federal agencies such as APHIS and state and regional entities can do to stem the tide of invasions and manage invasive species that are already in the U.S., "We need the public’s help because these hungry pests can have a huge impact on the items we use in everyday life, from the fabric in our clothing, the food on our table, the lumber used to build our home and the flowers in our garden [. . .] we [must] step up our efforts to educate Americans about USDA’s good work to protect our nation’s food, fiber, feed and fuel from invasive pests."

Click here to read the full USDA-APHIS press release and access numerous links to invasive species websites and resources.