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

  • December 20, 2018  APHIS Adds All of Michigan, All of New Hampshire, All of Rhode Island, and Wright County in Minnesota to the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) Regulated Area
  • 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

  • June 10, 2019  APHIS Modifies Conditions for Interstate Movement of Regulated Articles in Quarantined Areas for European Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi)
  • June 4, 2019 APHIS Removes the Oriental Fruit Fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) Quarantine in Sacramento Area of Sacramento and Yolo Counties, California
  • May 30, 2019 APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in La Feria, Cameron County, Texas
  • May 22, 2019 APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in Arroyo City, Cameron County, Texas
  • May 20, 2019 APHIS Expands the European Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi) Quarantine in Niagara, Erie, and Orleans Counties, New York
  • May 13, 2019 – APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas
  • May 7, 2019 – APHIS Establishes Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantines in Sullivan City, Hidalgo County and Salineño, Starr County, Texas
  • March 14, 2019 – APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in Edinburg, Hidalgo County, Texas
  • March 9, 2019 -APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in Zapata, Zapata County, Texas
  • 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

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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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