August is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month

August 5, 2011 - 05:15

Did you know that August is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month? All month long, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to help raise awareness about the threat that invasive plant pests and diseases pose to America’s agricultural, floricultural and natural resources.

Did you know that August is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month?

All month long, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) wants to help raise awareness about the threat that invasive plant pests and diseases pose to America’s agricultural, floricultural and natural resources, and is urging residents to help stop their spread.

According to APHIS administrator Gregory Parham, invasive pests and diseases can impact our communities and the natural landscape, jeopardize the livelihood of growers, farmers, ranchers and foresters, and alter our ecosystems.

“During the month of August, we will share information and tools so that everyone can learn more about these threats and help us take action in the fight against invasive pests,” Parham said.

APHIS plans to use Twitter, USDA Blog posts and individual interactions to provide information that the public can use to actively participate in the effort to curtail invasive pests and diseases of plants.

APHIS has created several new online tools to help educate the public on these topics. At www.HungryPests.com you can learn more about invasive pests. Useful tips and information are also available on the APHIS Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/#!/usda_aphis.

And the agency has created a new fact sheet, “Attack of the Invasive Species,” that is available for download.

You can find more information on APHIS and Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month by clicking here.

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