USDA Funds Cooperative Agreement with New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to Advance Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Efforts
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced the availability of $1.2 million in funding to be provided to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets through a cooperative agreement to prevent the spread of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in New York.
“USDA-APHIS, along with our key partners in New York, has worked hard to contain and eradicate the invasive Asian longhorned beetle,” said Christine Markham, national program director for the APHIS ALB eradication program. “With this funding, we are reinforcing our shared goal of stopping this destructive insect and protecting valued resources. We appreciate everyone’s support of this process.”
In fiscal year 2010, through a cooperative agreement, USDA provided the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets $496,000 in funding towards ALB eradication efforts. The cooperative agreement for fiscal year 2011 will provide $1.2 million directly to the state to be used to hire additional state personnel to support survey efforts, as well as support the state’s contract to ensure the timely removal of infested trees.
The ALB is about 1 to 1.5 inches long, has a shiny jet black body with distinctive white spots and long antennae (often twice the length of the body) that are banded in black and white. ALB larvae bore into healthy hardwood trees and feed on living tree tissue and heartwood. The larval tunneling disrupts the nutrients that flow from root to branch and back again, eventually killing the tree. USDA and its partners are currently eradicating ALB infestations in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. USDA declared eradication of two ALB infestations in Chicago, Ill., and Hudson County N.J., in 2008.
The New York ALB eradication program is a cooperative effort among various federal, state and local agencies, including USDA’s APHIS, Forest Service and Agricultural Research Service; as well as the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
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