Mar 23, 2016
Idaho PCN lawsuit moves forward

U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge has denied a request by the USDA to dismiss a lawsuit by eastern Idaho potato growers seeking to end a quarantine on fields following the discovery of the Pale Cyst Nematode (PCN) in Idaho in 2006.

The USDA argued that the farmers did not have standing under federal laws to file the lawsuit and the lawsuit wasn’t specific enough.

PCN has been detected in an area with a 7.5-mile radius spanning parts of northern Bingham and southern Bonneville counties in eastern Idaho.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reports that the current regulation area is 9,929 acres, of which 2,897 acres are infested.

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