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March 10, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) is making changes to the area in the state of Idaho that is quarantined to prevent the spread of pale cyst nematode (PCN).  The description of the quarantined area was updated several times between October 2009 and January 2010.  As a result of these changes, 5,640 acres from Bingham and Bonneville counties have been removed from the quarantined area.

The PCN is a major pest of potato crops in cool-temperature areas.  Infestations cause yellowing, wilting or death of foliage, and can cause potato yield loss ranging from 20 to 70 percent.  Managing the spread of this pest in the United States helps to secure access to domestic and foreign markets for U.S. potatoes and other commodities.
This notice is published in today’s March 10 Federal Register and became effective upon publication.


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