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Thousand Cankers Disease Stays Put for Another Year in NC

By on December 21, 2016

From late summer through early November, the N.C. Forest Services’ Forest Health staff, the Plant Industry Division, and cooperators with the Duke Forest set and monitored 104 traps across the state with the intent of detecting the walnut twig beetle

Emerald ash borer on the move: Four new counties positive for the tree-killing beetle

By on July 27, 2016

Across the state, North Carolinians are packing their bags and going on their summer vacations. Roads are full of families driving to the beautiful N.C. beaches, charming Piedmont destinations and the awe-inspiring mountains. But vacationers aren’t the only ones on

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS working to control spread of gypsy moth

By on December 29, 2015

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” A couple of weeks ago, Commissioner Troxler talked with Rhonda about the importance of buying local firewood to help prevent the spread of certain

No new counties detected in 2015 trapping for the walnut twig beetle

By on December 9, 2015

  In late 2012, a tree-killing disease called thousand cankers disease was found for the first time in North Carolina in Haywood County.  The county was quarantined for the pest by early January 2013, restricting the movement of walnut wood and

The war wages on to keep gypsy moth out of N.C.

By on July 29, 2015

The seemingly never-ending gypsy moth battle continues to wage in North Carolina. Since the 1970s, this invasive, leaf-eating caterpillar has tried repeatedly to establish itself in the state. With the exception of the northeastern corner where a gypsy moth quarantine

NCDA&CS acts swiftly to fight emerald ash borer in Wayne County

By on April 15, 2015

The emerald ash borer is on the move once again, and this time it has made quite a leap. Last month, the tree-killing, invasive insect was detected for the first time in Wayne County, 73 miles from the nearest known

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Today’s Topic: Sweet potato weevil survey

By on February 24, 2015

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division has launched an extensive survey in Brunswick and New Hanover counties for the sweet potato weevil, the

Emerald ash borer trapping: No new counties detected

By on September 24, 2014

As we head into the fall season full of football, autumn colors and Thanksgiving, we already have one thing to be thankful for:  summer trapping for the emerald ash borer did not detect the invasive, tree-killing beetle in any new

Flying purple beetle eaters: Emerald ash borer traps hung across the state

By on June 4, 2014

You may have already seen them along roadsides: 3-feet-tall purple prisms, hanging in trees. No, there’s not a child crying somewhere about his lost kite. These are traps for the emerald ash borer, an invasive tree-killing insect detected in North

Winter laurel wilt survey results: Minimum range expansion documented

By on March 12, 2014

As some trees fight for the arrival of spring by beginning to produce buds, the laurel wilt winter survey season comes to a close. Laurel wilt, a devastating disease of redbay and other plants in the laurel family, has already