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Recent Redraft of Noxious Weed Law Improves but Still Needs Work

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) recently released a fourth draft of a proposed rewrite of the state’s Noxious Weed Law. In this latest draft, some but not all of PLNA’s concerns with earlier drafts have been addressed.
Among PLNA’s concerns with the prior draft: There was no guaranteed position for a representative of the landscape and nursery industry on the Noxious Weed and Controlled Plant Committee... (more)

PDA, Penn State Seek Public, Industry Help with Asian Long-horned Beetle

Asian Long-horned BeetleHARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) and the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences (PSCAS) is asking for the public and professionals in the green industry to keep on the lookout for the Asian long-horned beetle (ALB) (Anoplophora glabripennis). The ALB was introduced into his country more than two decades ago in pallet and container wood from Asia... (more)

AmericanHort Opposes EPA's Revised Worker Protection Standard

Federal RegisterWASHINGTON, D.C. – AmericanHort went on record opposing EPA’s revised worker protection standard (WPS) rules in August. Leading a coalition of the Society of American Florists, The National Christmas Tree Growers and the California Cut Flower Commission, AmericanHort submitted comments to EPA objecting that the proposed regulation was based on “allegations about worker exposure and chronic illness… not substantiated nor validated by scientific evidence or practical experience"... (more)

Obama Administration Immigration Fix Not Likely to Affect Guest Worker Programs

Immigration ReformWASHINGTON, D.C. – As reported in the August PLNA e-News, the Obama Administration is contemplating a series of administrative actions to achieve some of what Congress was unable to do with immigration reform. Unfortunately, it appears that those administrative changes will not affect agriculture directly or the guest worker programs that support nurseries (H2-A) and landscape contractors (H2-B)... (more)

UPDATE: Thousand Cankers Disease Quarantine Expanded

HARRISBURG, PA - The Pa. Department of Agriculture (PDA) has expanded the thousand cankers disease (TCD) quarantine to Chester County August 2, 2014. The quarantine area now covers Chester, Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware Counties.
Walnut trees, wood, walnut products and other regulated articles will be allowed to move without restrictions within the five counties. It may not move outside those counties without mitigation and/or certification from PDA... 

Roush Named New Penn State Ag Sciences Dean

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State announced in July that Richard Roush will be the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. He was approvaed by the University Board of Trustees at its July 11 meeting. His appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2014. Roush is currently the dean and a professor at University of Melbourne’s Melbourne School of Land and Environment in Australia. Roush replaces Bruce McPheron who left Penn State in November 2012 to become vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University, his undergraduate alma mater... (more)

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