SPRO letters are official communication from the APHIS PPQ Deputy Administrator advising State Plant Regulatory Officials of significant and timely changes to phytosanitary regulations or emerging phytosanitary issues. Despite our best efforts, this collection of SPRO letters may not be complete and topical concerns should be addressed through your APHIS PPQ State Plant Health Director
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APHIS Actions

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Asian Longhorned Beetle

  • October 29, 2018     APHIS Removes a Portion of the Township of Monroe, Clermont County, Ohio, from the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) Regulated Area
  • June 13, 2018    APHIS Removes Portions of the Townships of Batavia and Stonelick, Clermont County, Ohio, from the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) Quarantine
  • Archived Asian Longhorned Beetle Letters

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European Grapevine Moth

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Citrus

  • August 10, 2018     APHIS Updates the Citrus Black Spot (Guignardia citricarpa) Quarantine Area in Florida
  • April 25, 2018 APHIS Expands the Citrus Greening (Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus) Quarantined Area in Texas
  • April 17, 2018  APHIS Adds Portions of Fort Bend and Harris Counties in Texas to the Domestic Citrus Canker (Xanthomonas spp.) Quarantine Area
  • Archived Citrus Related SPRO Letters

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Emerald Ash Borer

  • July 26, 2018   APHIS adds all of Minnehaha County, areas in Lincoln County, and areas in Turner County in South Dakota to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area
  • July 26, 2018   APHIS Adds Wisconsin to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area
  • June 21, 2018  APHIS Adds All of Arkansas and Shawnee County, Kansas, to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area
  • June 7, 2018  APHIS Adds Vermont to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area
  • February 23, 2018  APHIS Adds Bienville, Jackson, Morehouse, and Ouachita Counties in Louisiana; Martin County in Minnesota; Strafford County in New Hampshire; and the entire State  of Georgia to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area
  • Archived Emerald Ash Borer SPRO Letters

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Fruit Flies

  • November 9, 2018  APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in Long Beach, Los  Angeles County, California
  • October 22, 2018  APHIS Removes the Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata) Quarantine Area in Half Moon Bay Area of San Mateo County, California
  • September 18, 2018  APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in San Ygnacio Area of Zapata County, Texas
  • September 18, 2018  APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine Area in San Perlita, Willacy County, Texas
  • September 10, 2018  APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine Area in Encinitas, San Diego County, California
  • September 10, 2018  APHIS Establishes an Oriental Fruit Fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) Quarantine in Sacramento and Yolo County, California
  • September 5, 2018  APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine Area in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas
  • July 16, 2018   APHIS Establishes a Host List for European Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi) and Conditions for Interstate Movement of Regulated Articles in Quarantined Areas
  • July 3, 2018   APHIS Removes the Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata) Quarantine Area in Sun Valley, Los Angeles County, California
  • June 11, 2018  APHIS Prohibits the Importation of Pomegranate Arils from Peru into the United States due to Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata)
  • June 7, 2018   APHIS Establishes a European Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi) Quarantine in the Niagara Area of Niagara County, New York
  • May 21, 2018  APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the San Ygnacio Area of Zapata, County, Texas
  • April 25, 2018  APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the Brownsville Area of Cameron County, Texas
  • March 26, 2018  APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the San Perlita Area of Willacy County, Texas
  • March 13, 2018  APHIS Removes the Oriental Fruit Fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) Quarantine Area in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
  • February 5, 2018    APHIS Establishes Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata) Quarantine in the Half Moon Bay Area of San Mateo County, California
  • February 5, 2018   APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine Area in Laredo, Webb County, Texas
  • February 5, 2018   APHIS Establishes Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in the Encinitas Area of San Diego County, California
  • January 12, 2018  APHIS Rescinds the Federal Order Prohibiting the Importation of Certain Citrus Fruit from the Berkane Region in Morocco due to Med Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata)
  • Archived Fruit Fly SPRO Letters

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Gypsy Moth

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Imported Fire Ant

  • April 17, 2018   Expansion of Quarantine Areas for the Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren, S. richteri Forel, and hybrids of these species) in North Carolina and Tennessee
  • Archived Imported Fire Ants

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Import/Export Conditions – Permitting

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Light Brown Apple Moth

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Miscellaneous Pests

  • September 26, 2018  APHIS Lifts the Domestic Quarantine for Pink Bollworm (Pectinophora gossypiella) in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas
  • September 6, 2018  APHIS Provides an Update on Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula (White)) Activities
  • May 31, 2018   APHIS Updates Regulated Areas in Miami-Dade County for Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica, formally Achatina fulica)
  • Archived Miscellaneous Pests SPRO Letters

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Phytophthora ramorum

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Pine Shoot Beetle, Tomicus piniperda

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Plum Pox

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Potatoes

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Rusts, Smuts, and Bunts

Deregulated Pests

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