Swift, coordinated response to a new pest threat protects grapes, apples, and stone fruits and more than 70 types of ornamental and woody trees.
Farm Bill funds are advancing efforts to eradicate the spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest that could seriously harm U.S. grape, orchard, and logging industries. Federal, State, and local officials started a tree-banding program in Pennsylvania to detect and contain the pest’s spread. The program has seen great success, due largely to its collaborative approach and public support. Strategies being developed and tested now will be crucial for long-term lanternfly mitigation.