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Ug99 Information and Action Plan

APHIS' Role in the Detection and Identification of Ug99

APHIS-PPQ in close cooperation with other USDA agencies will:

  • Provide phytosanitary and regulatory expertise within the United States, and internationally.
  • Provide leadership in emergency response and crop biosecurity with respect to new and invasive plant pests and diseases.
  • Facilitate safe importation of germplasm through a process of reviewing applications for Federal import permits.
  • Communicate a harmonized strategy for the regulatory agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States via the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO)
  • Communicate Federal regulations regarding barberry
  • Provide a general protocol for communicating pest identification procedures and diagnostic results for most new plant pests 

However, in the case of new races of wheat and barley rust, ARS (not APHIS) identifies the race or variant of a rust sample.

  • APHIS notifies states and foreign countries only for the first occurrence of new races in the US.
  • APHIS posts the first finding of a new race in the United States to the NAPPO Phytosanitary Alert System, after it receives notification from ARS as to the identify of the new race.
  • APHIS notifies foreign countries as required. 

You can find more information on Ug99 Information at the ARS Website

Protected Areas: States and Counties

The States of: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

The following counties in the State of Washington: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln.


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