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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
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Agricultural Materials

Invasive species travel in agriculture materials.

Agricultural materials and equipment may harbor pests and diseases.

Agricultural materials, equipment, and even hay moved from one part of the country to another or imported can spread harmful invasive pests and diseases much farther than they would travel on their own.

Diseases and pests can travel on agricultural materials.

Insect hitchhikers like the imported fire ant and European gypsy moth egg masses, as well as snails and slugs. The Khapra beetle can move in soil and on equipment used to harvest infested fields, and it can move on seed-sorting equipment that has handled beetle-infested seed.

Also, sudden oak death, microscopic worms, and harmful weed seeds can move in soil stuck on any item.

What's at risk.

Diseases and pests can harm our nation's crops and trees. Some pests like the African snail can cause harm to human health, and the imported fire ant can harm human and animal health.

Don't Bring or Mail.

Don't bring or mail fresh fruits, vegetables, plants or any food or agricultural items into your state or another state unless agricultural inspectors have cleared them beforehand.

Know the restrictions on baled hay, soil, plants, soil-moving equipment, and other items moving out of Imported Fire Ant quarantine areas. Visit the USDA's fire ant page for this information.

Consult with USDA on import requirements to move agricultural equipment into the U.S. Get answers from your local USDA office—find contact information by state.

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