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Spotted Lanternfly Update from PA

(Information Summarized from the 5/16/18 PA.Gov Pressroom Release)

Last weekend, the first Spotted Lanternfly hatch of the season  was detected.  On May 16th, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Penn State University warned of its potential $18 billion impact on the commonwealth's businesses, trade, and economy.

PA Dept of Ag Announcement on 
Monday, May 14th
"Pennsylvania and its commodities are seriously threatened by the Spotted Lanternfly, and our coalition stands ready today to help protect our economy and communities," said Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. "It's important to remember that there's a human on both sides of this equation; on one end are the people whose livelihood depends on selling their products. On the other end, the consumers who love those products. Through this unique partnership, PDA, USDA, and Penn State University, are poised to combat this pest and continue to safeguard the commonwealth's agriculture industry."

The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long black, red and white spotted insect native to Southeast Asia and first identified in Pennsylvania in 2014. The invasive insect, whose first egg hatch was spotted over the weekend in Berks County, feeds on agricultural commodities produced in the state, such as hops, grapes, apples, and hardwoods.

Governor Tom Wolf proposed nearly $1.6 million in dedicated state funding to combat the Spotted Lanternfly as part of his fiscal year 2018-19 budget plan. If approved, this funding will supplement $17.5 million in federal funding announced earlier this month by USDA. Additionally, PDA's Bureau of Plant Industry has engaged in extensive surveillance and eradication efforts, and it has worked with businesses and residents to ensure they are doing their part to prevent its spread.

To read the complete press release, click HERE.
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If you see this insect in your New Jersey activities, please contact the NJ Department of Ag either by email at 
slf-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov or call 833-223-2840 (BADBUG0).  

The NJNLA and the NJ Department of Ag thank you for taking the time to help stop the potential movement of this invasive insect into the New Jersey environs.  We will continue to keep you updated and informed.  

For more information and access to the NJNLA Spotted Lanternfly Workshop presentations, please visit the Rutgers Spotted Lanternfly Website by clicking HERE.


Announcing....
CNLP of the Year Award
~Nominations Now Being Accepted~

We are excited to announce that this year we will be adding a brand-new award for one dedicated CNLP. Please take a moment and read the criteria and parameters for this award.  If you know of a fellow CNLP that fits the criteria, that you would like to have recognized for their commitment and achievements, please consider nominating them for this new award.  It will be quite interesting to see who is picked by their peers to be the very first CNLP OF THE YEAR.
 
Criteria & Parameters
 
1.  Criteria - Must be a CNLP for at least 2 years in good standing, shows active involvement in NJNLA/CNLP events and activities, makes continued efforts to expand their knowledge of the Green Industry, promotes the highest degree of ethical standards in their conduct and in their occupation, and is not a full time CNLP Committee Member.
 
2.  Nomination Process -  will be nominated by all CNLP's, CNLP Committee, with input from two volunteers from the Board of Directors. 
Nominations are due by August 1st of each year.
 
3.  Selection Process - will be selected and voted on by the CNLP Committee and two volunteers from the Board at the August CNLP meeting.
 
4.  Acknowledgement - Will receive award at the Annual Awards Dinner in December of each year, if a CNLP has been chosen for that year, and will be featured in the CNLP Sections of the NJNLA Members Directory including a bio and photo. 

You must be a CNLP in order to nominate a CNLP for this award!   Click HERE to access the nomination form.

Check out other CNLP activities on the 
Upcoming Events Listing below!
Recertification Credits Have Been Awarded for Many of the Following Events!  Check them out!

June 14 - Grower's Meeting at Cumberland Nurseries.  Click HERE to view agenda & to register.

June 19 - CNLP Tour & Bar-B-Q at Rutgers Gardens (open to non-CNLPs after June 8th).  CNLPs can register today by clicking HERE.

June 21 - NJNLA Member Meeting at Condurso's.  Click HERE to view agenda & to register.

July 22 - NJNLA Education Foundation Picnic.  Join us for this fun event by clicking HERE.

August 8 - CNLP Plant ID Review.  Free & open to all, but registration is required - click HERE to sign up.

August 15 - Summer Plant Symposium.  Complete agenda now posted, so register now for early bird discounts - Click HERE.

August 20 - CNLP Manual Review at both Mercer Community College and County College of Morris.  Registration required. Click HERE for Mercer and HERE for Morris.

August 22 - CNLP Exam.  Must be registered and approved. Click HERE for details on qualifications then HERE to apply.

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