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APHIS Establishes a Domestic Quarantine for Citrus Canker (Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri) in Baldwin County, Alabama

FOR INFORMATION AND ACTION
DA-2022-26
July 25, 2022

To:  State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials 

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) are establishing a quarantine for citrus canker for all of Baldwin County, Alabama, to prevent the spread of the disease.

On June 22, 2021, APHIS confirmed the positive identification of citrus canker from two citrus trees located on a residential property in Baldwin County, Alabama. By November 4, ADAI detected citrus canker in a total of 12 citrus trees within residential and commercial citrus. On February 9, 2022, ADAI established an intrastate quarantine for citrus canker that parallels the federal citrus canker regulatory requirements specified in 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 301.75.

Under the current citrus canker quarantine regulations, the interstate movement of citrus plants and plant parts, other than commercially packed and disinfected citrus fruit remains prohibited. Citrus nursery stock that is moved in accordance with regulations contained in 7 CFR § 301.75-6 may move from areas quarantined for citrus canker.

The establishment of this quarantine area is reflected on the following designated website, which also contains a description of all the current federal citrus canker quarantine areas: 

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/citrus-canker

For additional information regarding the citrus canker program, you may contact Shailaja Rabindran, Director of Specialty Crops and Cotton Pests at (301) 851-2167.

/s/

Dr. Mark L Davidson
Deputy Administrator
Plant Protection and Quarantine

Attachment: Federal Order


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