Government News and Pest Alerts
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service (APHIS) Press Releases
This link will take you to APHIS press releases dating back
to 1995. You may also sign up to receive APHIS press releases by
Cooperative State Research, Education,
and Extension Service (CSREES) Plant and Plant Products Web Page
On this CSREES Web page, you may scroll down to find several
news releases related to plants. You may also elect to click on
newsroom in the blue bar at the top of the page for other news
items from CSREES.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) News Media
Although this page is designed for members of the media, it provides
solid information on hazards and disasters as well as facts about
FEMA. In the left column you will find a direct link to FEMA press
releases. The FEMA archive dates to 1994.
National Plant Diagnostic
Network (NPDN) In the News
The National Plant Diagnostic Network provides links to news articles
from a variety of sources.
The National Pest Diagnostic
First Detector Training and Certification Course
If you are seeking a bit more
technical training on plant biosecurity issues, you may wish
to participate in The National Pest Diagnostic Networks certification
course for first detectors. The course goals are to:
Raise awareness of national
plant biosecurity issues.
Provide information on specific
high risk pests and pathogens.
Increase proficiency in the
detection and identification of new pests and pathogens.
Provide instruction on proper
sampling and response protocols when a suspect sample is
Those who receive at least two
hours of training and complete the three core NPDN First Detector
training modules will receive an NPDN First Detector Certificate
and will be registered with NPDN as a First Detector.
Could you be a First Detector?
A potential first detector is anyone in a position to notice
an unusual outbreak, a pest of concern, or symptoms of a pest
of concern. The NPDN course is appropriate for pesticide applicators,
commercial seed representatives, crop consultants, Cooperative
Extension personnel, certified crop advisors, Master Gardeners,
pest control advisors, NRCS staff, growers, county ag commissioner
staff, agricultural inspectors, and others involved in plant
growth or management.
Training materials are available
United States Department of Agriculture
The USDA newsroom has a search function, or you can select a topic.
In addition to news releases, this site also provides links to reports,
radio and TV broadcasts and publications. The archive dates to 2001.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) Press Room
This site offers links to press releases, testimony, speeches,
and legislation related to homeland security.