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

Archived

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Asian Longhorned Beetle

  • August 9, 2017,  APHIS Adds an Additional Portion of the East Fork Wildlife Area in Clermont County, Ohio, to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) Regulated Area
  • May 18, 2017,   APHIS Removes a Portion of Queens, New York, from the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) Regulated Area
  • Archived Asian Longhorned Beetle Letters

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European Grapevine Moth

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Citrus

  • 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
  • November 28, 2017  APHIS Expands the Citrus Greening (Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus) Quarantined Area in California
  • Archived Citrus Related SPRO Letters

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Emerald Ash Borer

  • 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
  • October 13, 2017  APHIS Adds South Carolina to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area
  • June 1, 2017  APHIS Adds Doniphan County in Kansas to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area
  • March 31, 2017  APHIS Adds Goodhue County in Minnesota to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area
    February 6, 2017
      APHIS Adds Atchison County in Kansas to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area
  • Archived Emerald Ash Borer SPRO Letters

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Fruit Flies

  • 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
  • February 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, Lymantria dispar

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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
  • June 9, 2017   Expansion of Quarantine Areas for the Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren, S. richteri Forel, and hybrids of these species)
  • March 16, 2016  Expansion of Quarantine Areas for the Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren, S. richteri Forel, and hybrids of these species)
  • Archived Imported Fire Ants

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Import/Export Conditions

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Light Brown Apple Moth

  • April 25, 2018  APHIS Adds Seed and Underground Crops to the Exempted Host List for the Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) in California
  • July 27, 2016  APHIS Adds Ventura County to the Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) Regulated Area in California
  • May 16, 2016 APHIS Removes the Requirement for Trapping for the Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) at Plant Nurseries in the Regulated Areas in California
  • May 3, 2016  APHIS Adds Cucumbers to the Exempted Host List for the Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) in California
  • Archived Light Brown Apple Moth SPRO Letters

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Miscellaneous Pests

  • March 21, 2017  APHIS Updates Regulated Area in Miami-Dade County for Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica, formerly Achatina fulica)
  • September 30, 2016 APHIS Establishes Additional Regulated Area in Florida for Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica, formerly Achatina fulica)
  • June 24, 2016  Old World Bollworm (helicoverpa armigera) In Florida Deemed an Isolated Regulatory Incident
  • May 3, 2016  APHIS Establishes Additional Regulated Area in Florida for Giant African Snail (Lissachatina Juli ca, formerly Achatina fitlica)
  • Archived Miscellaneous Pests SPRO Letters

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Permitting

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Phytophthora ramorum

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Pine Shoot Beetle, Tomicus piniperda

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Plum Pox

  • October 3, 2016  APHIS Establishes a Plum Pox Virus Quarantine in the Hudson Valley Area in Portions of Orange and Ulster Counties, New York
  • January 29, 2016  APHIS Removes Plum Pox Virus Regulated Areas in Niagara County, New York
  • September 5, 2013, APHIS Removes Plum Pox Virus Regulated Areas in Orleans and Wayne Counties, New York, with Federal Order
  • May 27, 2010, Niagara, Orleans, and Wayne Counties, New York Added to the Quarantine Area for Plum Pox Virus (PPV), with Federal Order
  • October 29, 2009, Pennsylvania Declared Free of Plum Pox Virus (PPV)–Removal of Federal Quarantine, with Federal Order
  • July 18, 2006, Plum Pox Virus Detected in Niagara County, New York

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Potatoes

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Rusts, Smuts, and Bunts

  • April 5, 2018  APHIS Amends Karnal Bunt (Tilletia indica) Regulated Areas in Maricopa and Pinal Counties in Arizona
  • April 11, 2017  APHIS Amends Karnal Bunt (Tilletia indica) Regulated Areas in La Paz, Maricopa, and Pinal Counties, Arizona, and Removes Silage from the List of Regulated Articles
  • October 3, 2016  APHIS Amends Karnal Bunt (Tilletia indica (Mitra) Mundkur) Regulated Areas in Maricopa and Pinal Counties, Arizona
  • Archived Rusts, Smuts and Bunts SPRO Letters

 

 

Deregulated Pests

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