Feb 22, 2018APHIS takes area in New York out of golden nematode regulated area
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing 193,782 acres from the golden nematode (GN) regulated area in Cayuga, Seneca, Steuben, Suffolk and Wayne counties in New York. APHIS said it is removing the quarantine area in these five counties based on survey results and other criteria in the “Canada and United States Guidelines on Surveillance and Phytosanitary Actions for the Potato Cyst Nematodes Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida.”
Golden nematode attacks the roots of potatoes, resulting in reduced crop yields and negative impacts on trade. The agency said its regulations are intended to prevent the spread of GN within the United States. APHIS has regulated some of these areas since the 1950s.
APHIS, working closely with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, has removed 1,102,131 acres from the GN regulated area in New York since 2010. Of the remaining 186,534 acres regulated in eight counties, APHIS considers 5,945 acres to be infested with GN and have an active control and mitigation program in place to prevent its spread.
For more information regarding the GN Eradication Program, please contact National Policy Manager Jonathan Jones at (301) 851-2128.