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

  • September 12, 2019  APHIS Removes the Remaining Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) Regulated Area in Brooklyn and Queens, New York
  • 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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Moths: European grapevine moth, gypsy moth, box tree moth, light brown apple moth

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Citrus

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Emerald Ash Borer

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Fruit Flies

  • March 12, 2020  APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in Laredo, Webb County, Texas
  • March 3, 2020   APHIS Expands the European Cheny Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi) Quarantine to include all of Orleans County, New York
  • February 27, 2020  APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in Cameron County, Texas
  • February 12, 2020  APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in Lasara, Willacy County, Texas
  • December 17, 2019  APHIS Establishes Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata) Quarantine Area in Devore, San Bernardino, California
  • December 2, 2019  APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in La Feria, Cameron County, Texas
  • December 2, 2019 APHIS Removes Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantines in Mission and Sullivan City, Hidalgo County, Texas
  • Archived Fruit Fly SPRO Letters

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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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Miscellaneous Pests

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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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