April is Plant Pest Month

April is National Plant Pest Awareness Month, and North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Steve Troxler says the category includes noxious weeds, diseases and insects.  Currently, there are four pests under federal quarantine in North Carolina; witchweed, emerald ash borer, European gypsy moth and the imported fire ant.

All four of these species are under quarantine, so when moving plant materials, certain plants from a quarantined are to a non-quarantined area, you must obtain a permit.

To learn more visit ncagr.gov/plantindustry

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.