In The News
NEW! Asian longhorned beetle declared eradicated in New Jersey. Read the article.
NEW! New First Detector educational material available on Integrated pest Management in teh home garden and landscape. Read the article.
NEW! Medfly declared eradicated from the U.S. again. Read the article.
NEW! Grand opening of the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network's new Plant Diagnostic Center at the University of Florida. Read the article.
What You Can Do: Please contact your Senate (www.senate.gov) and House (www.house.gov) members immediately to convey your concern and support for the NPDN. You should also communicate with your institution’s government relations officers to engage their advocacy. Please urge them to oppose reductions in NPDN and FADI at the USDA. The APS Public Policy website (http://www.apsnet.org/members/outreach/ppb/Pages/NPDN.aspx) contains links and other information for contacting your members of congress. For additional information or help, contact any of the PPB board members or Kellye Eversole (Eversole@eversoleassociates.com). Additional information about the programs and impact of the NPDN can be found below.
About the SPDN
The mission of the network is to enhance national agricultural security by quickly detecting introduced pests and pathogens. This is achieved through a functional nationwide network of public agricultural institutions with a cohesive, distributed system to quickly detect high consequence, biological pests and pathogens into our agricultural and natural ecosystems, by providing means for quick identifications and establishing protocols for immediate reporting to appropriate responders and decision makers. Our goal is to (i) support a secure regional network for the detection and diagnosis of plant health problems, (ii) extend and support sound public policies, implement rapid and accurate diagnoses, and response strategies, and (iii) provide leadership and training. SPDN Director: Jeffrey B. Jones, Chair, Dept. of Plant Pathology, UF SPDN Associate Directors: Carrie L. Harmon, Plant Pathology and Amanda C. Hodges, Entomology.