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The invasive Spotted Lanternfly is quickly causing major issues in the trucking industry and beginning on May 1, 2019, could lead to substantial fines and penalties for motor carriers traveling through the quarantined counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia. Learn from Dana Rhodes, of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture what motor carriers must do to be in compliance with Spotted Lanternfly regulations and what training is necessary to permit your drivers to move freight though the north east region without penalty.
What is the Spotted Lanternfly? It is an invasive insect native to Asia that was first discovered in Southeast Pennsylvania. It has the potential to greatly impact the agriculture industry, including grapes, hops and hardwoods. If allowed to spread in the United States, this pest could seriously impact the country's grape, orchard, and logging industries. It spreads quickly with the assistance of vehicles, trailers or any outdoor item moving in and out of the quarantined zones. Complying with the regulations and inspecting your vehicle can help minimize their movement.
About the Presenter:
Dana D. Rhodes, State Plant Regulatory Official, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Dana D. Rhodes is the Plant Health Program Manager and serves as the State Plant Regulatory Official for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. She has over 27 years of experience in the horticultural field. Ten years have been with the Department of Agriculture with regulatory responsibilities. Work with the Department of Agriculture currently includes quarantine pest issues, such as spotted lanternfly, nursery/greenhouse certification programs, and inspections. She over sees the inspectors which work with businesses on compliance verification and assistance. Dana believes to control and contain pest issues, it takes industry and regulatory programs working together. It is important for each to understand how the other operates and why the pest poses a threat.